Daily Haiku, Dec. 28, 2015

December dusk
the whiteness
of two distant swans

by Karen Hoy

Blithe Spirit, Vol. 12 No. 1, March 2002



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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11 Responses to Daily Haiku, Dec. 28, 2015

  1. Paul Beech says:

    A moment deftly captured for all time – classical haiku.

      • haikutec says:

        Thanks Paul, you have been a fantastic supporter of my work, and wonderful that you say great things about my wife’s work too!

        Karen has written a few haiku and been regularly published in Presence, Blithe Spirit, and the Haiku Calendars (Snapshot Press) and appears in major haiku anthologies.

        I intend to spend part of 2016 collating more of her new work and getting it out there! 🙂

        warmest regards,


  2. Yes, Karen has the haiku eye.

  3. Paul Beech says:

    Hi Alan, reading your haiku is always a pleasure and I’d love to see more of Karen’s too. My partner Maureen Weldon, a former dancer with the Irish Theatre Ballet, now a widely-published poet, also loves reading and writing haiku and is interested in your work.

    Very best wishes for 2016.

    Warmest regards,


    • haikutec says:

      Next year I definitely want to get Karen’s haiku out more. Despite not being a prolific haiku writer in publications, she is regularly anthologised in leading haiku anthologies which is great. But I’d love to see her recent work getting out there too. 🙂

      Ah, Maureen Weldon! Well I’m going to be producing some haiku books next year which may be of interest. I have no desire to be a publisher or publishing house, but a few With Words productions will start appearing.

      We have now moved to Chippenham in Wiltshire which is on the London Paddington line and will be ready to have visits in late January from people in the U.K. and elsewhere.

      Our first American visitor who writes haiku will be staying with us in May, and we will be seeing her for a quick cup of tea in January. 🙂

      Thanks again for your support as it is deeply appreciated. Say hi to Maureen for me!

      warmest regards,


      • I will be running more of Karen’s haiku!

      • Paul Beech says:

        Hi Alan,

        Maureen loves performance, so maybe you’ve come across her at a poetry event somewhere?

        Yes, we’re both definitely interested in the haiku books you’ll be bringing out from With Words this year and would love to submit if you could supply details.

        Look forward to seeing more of your haiku and Karen’s.

        Very best wishes to you both for a joyous 2016,

        from Paul and Maureen

    • haikutec says:


      Do contact me at: alan@withwords.org.uk

      Also Chippenham being on the London Paddington train route, if you are visiting nearby, let me know, we can meet at Chippenham train station, and either chat there in the cafe, or our home is just 12 minutes away. 🙂

      warm regards,


  4. haikutec says:

    Thanks Charlotte! 🙂

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