Poets Need Recognition & Publicity

Out of all published writers, perhaps poets get among the least publicity. Many of the poets I’m familiar with tend to hide in the shadows. In a small way, perhaps, I like to give poets publicity through The Daily Haiku. After I run their haiku or senryu, (the latter  written in haiku form, focusing on human nature), I often reference the poet’s books or website, so readers can follow up and read more of their work.

Whenever I receive poetry journals in the mail, I often go first to the index and search for the names of my favorite poets. I read their poems and mark them so that I will reread them in the future.

If you can, make a point of trying to remember poets’ names, if you like what they write. With The Daily Haiku, I try to run more than one poem written by selected poets, so readers may get used to recognizing their work and style. If you like a particular poet’s work,  hopefully, you’ll begin to learn from that poet.

There are always going to be people who write ill-conceived pieces that they call poetry while watching television or doodling to amuse themselves. But, most poets have a sincere interest in reading a lot of good poetry and learning the art to better their own writing. They deserve attention, and we can fill our souls with their poems, striving to be better poets ourselves.

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, poets need visibility and appreciate recognition when they’ve worked hard on a poem. We appreciate “likes” and comments, and if you can tell your creative-writer friends and artistic contacts about poems you find on this and other sites, you may just hook them on poetry, too.

On a grateful note, I just found another review of my latest book, Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All.  It is written by Lin Geary of Haiku Canada Review. Many thanks to fellow haikuist Lin whom I’d like to meet before long! Please read below:

Charlotte Digregorio, a best-selling writer, has produced a compendious volume offering straightforward training for beginning haiku/senryu writers and for their classroom teachers. With an enviable talent for detailed research and an unbounded set of organizational skills, Digregorio can lay claim to offering anybody enough know-how not only to write competent Japanese short verse in English, but also to see their results published. . . Offers sequenced lesson plans, exhaustive bibliography, useful index, and hundreds of haiku examples by some of North America’s best writers. Recommended especially for language teachers and for anyone who wonders about how to write a great how-to book.

: qThank you for reading The Daily Haiku and the haiku and senryu of your fellow poets. Happy Holidays, and maybe you’ll be inspired to write poems about the holiday season! Remember that there’s often a poem in everything around you.

Copyright 2015 by Charlotte Digregorio.

 

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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 am also 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 have signed books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores. I was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize in poetry. I have won thirty-three poetry awards. 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 am an internationally-published haiku, senryu, tanka, kyoka, haibun, free verse, acrostic, cinquain, etheree, and sestina poet. My poetry has been translated into six languages, and I have done poetry readings at a variety of bookstores, libraries, art centers, cafes, tea houses, and galleries. My poetry has been displayed at supermarkets, art galleries, libraries, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, restaurants, and on public transit. I've been interviewed on cable television about my poetry. I also 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 was also self-employed as a communications/public relations/marketing consultant with 111 clients in 16 states. In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing. I regularly give special lectures and workshops on publishing, journalism, publicity, poetry, and creativity to business and professional groups, and to those at writer's conferences, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and to 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. Currently, I am Second Vice President of the Haiku Society.
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5 Responses to Poets Need Recognition & Publicity

  1. Mary Kendall says:

    So well said, Charlotte. I do try to remember names and always, I try to learn from the best poets and poems, but most of all, I just love to read their small and perfect pieces. Sometimes I think I’m the only person who leaves comments on Word Press. I wish more folks would do this. Thanks for sharing so many exquisite poems with your readers.

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