Poets Matter

Dear Friends and Followers,

Thank you for your responses to my post “Visibility for Poets.” Poets matter, not just during National Poetry Month which comes every April. We would agree that if everyone read and wrote poetry, it would be a kinder world. Especially if we all wrote haiku.

We must encourage people through our work to tap into their inner selves. When we begin caring about ourselves, we also feel a kinship with others and we understand their struggles, too.

Poetry is for everyone. Let us all strive to be better poets, studying our art to master it.

Best Wishes,

Charlotte Digregorio

Copyright 2105 by Charlotte Digregorio.

About Charlotte Digregorio

I publish books. I have marketed and/or published 55 titles. These books are sold in 46 countries to bookstores, libraries, universities, professional organizations, government agencies, and book clubs. I recently received an Official Commendation from Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner for my thirty-eight years of accomplishments in the literary arts, and my work to promote and advance the field by educating adults and students alike. I am the author of five non-fiction books: Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All; Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Homes; You Can Be A Columnist; Beginners' Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features; and Your Original Personal Ad. The first four books have been adopted as supplemental texts at universities throughout the U.S., Canada, India, Pakistan, and Catalonia. They are sold in 43 countries, and are displayed in major metropolitan cultural centers. These books have been reviewed, recommended, and praised by hundreds of critics, librarians, and professors worldwide. I am also the author of a poetry collection: "Shadows of Seasons: Selected Haiku and Senryu." Two of my books have been Featured Selections of Writer's Digest Book Club. I am regularly interviewed by major print, radio, and television organizations throughout the U.S. I regularly sign books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores, and do poetry readings at art centers, cafes, tea houses, and galleries. I was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize in poetry. I have won forty-seven poetry awards, writing twelve poetic forms. My poetry has been translated into eight languages. I do illustrated solo poetry exhibits 365 days a year in libraries, galleries, corporate buildings, hospitals, convention centers, and other venues. My individual poems have been displayed at supermarkets, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, restaurants, and on public transit. I have been nominated and listed in "The International Authors and Writers Who's Who" in Cambridge, England and in the "Who's Who In Writers, Editors & Poets U.S./Canada." I hosted my own radio program, "Poetry Beat," on public broadcasting. My poetry has been featured on several library web sites including those of Shreve Memorial Library in Louisiana and Cornell University's Mann Library. My background includes positions as a feature editor and columnist at daily newspapers and as a magazine editor. I have been a public relations director for a non-profit organization. I am self-employed as a public relations/marketing consultant, having served a total of 118 clients in 23 states for the past several decades . In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing. I regularly give lectures and workshops on publishing, journalism, publicity, poetry, and creativity to business and professional groups, and at writer's conferences, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and libraries. I have been a writer-in-residence at universities. There have been about 400 articles written about me in the media. I have served on the Boards of writers and publishers organizations. My positions have included Board Secretary of the Northwest Association of Book Publishers. I served for five years as Midwest Regional Coordinator of The Haiku Society of America, and for two years as its Second Vice President.
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16 Responses to Poets Matter

  1. haikutec says:

    I’m working on a big project and others to do just this. I hope to take With Words back on the road!

    So hopefully the more we do the more people might adopt haiku, which is a great gateway to so many things.


  2. Tom Clausen says:

    Most certainly all YES on what you have said… great thanks for your consistent celebration of haiku, poetry, poets and the peace of mind and better world it is all about.

  3. I have an idea for a new poem and 2 pictures to go with it but having trouble getting it to start and grow.

    • Thanks so much! Write haiku! Get it published!

      • I really appreciate the truth of your words here Charlotte. And wanted to share them with everyone. I do write haiku. 😊 I have thought about publishing. Any good advice? I would like to get your book about haiku it sounds really informative. 😊🌸

      • Thanks for writing! A good publication to get published in that accepts new writers is bottle rockets journal, edited by longtime haikuist Stanford Forrester. He will read your haiku carefully and consider it. Good luck!! Appreciatively, Charlotte

  4. haikutec says:

    I hadn’t subscribed before, but regularly followed the website.

    Now there’s a spanking new website! πŸ™‚


    It says:
    “The submission window for the August issue is now closed. We will begin accepting submissions for issue #34 on September 1. Please hold off on sending your submissions until then. Thank you!”

    So you have a month to get some lovely work together. πŸ™‚

    warm regards,


  5. I have been subscribing to bottle rockets for years. I really love it. Thanks, Alan.

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