Dear Teachers and Parents,
If you have students/kids in grades 7 through 12 who like poetry, and specifically haiku, start getting them ready to enter a terrific haiku contest with a late March 2016 deadline.
Co-sponsored by the Nick Virgilio Haiku Association and the Haiku Society of America, the contest is a great opportunity for your students/kids to become recognized for their achievements.
For preliminary information and to read the poems of previous winners, please log onto:
The winning poems of students are quite insightful.
And, to learn more about the Nick Virgilio Haiku Association that supports students in so many ways with classes and other resources, log onto:
The Nick Virgilio Haiku Association has a truly fascinating history.
If you would like to educate yourselves on how to teach haiku to your students/kids, my latest book, Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All, provides lesson plans and exercise and homework assignments, besides being an overall great haiku resource for everyone. (Senryu is haiku about human nature, and is often humorous.)
Please read just a couple of the great reviews my book has received:
A strong overview of haiku. A wealth of material on how to introduce and teach haiku to children, college students, and interested adults. For busy teachers the material will make it easier to provide guidance to their students. Any teacher would be thrilled for the helpful guidance, examples, and tools for presenting the form to the next generation. The pain and work involved in creating one’s own lesson plans is gone with the author’s well-honed presentations. The bibliography also contains a wealth of material. Buy a copy for teachers, students, or interested poets and just tell them to read it. This volume will not steer them wrong, and gives any reader something with meat to hang their hat on while they discover or further explore haiku. It will remain on my shelf.
—Mike Rehling, Book Reviewer,
United Haiku and Tanka Society
A basic guide that beginning, intermediate, and even successful, published haiku and senryu poets will find useful. What distinguishes this guide is its careful, thorough, and encouraging assistance to educators. A widely-known haiku poet, experienced teacher, and leader of workshops, Digregorio includes lesson/homework plans for teaching at a wide range of educational levels. The author digs right in with the “how-to.” Multiple examples of haiku and senryu with analysis and personal comments on these poetic forms from published poets are provided. Thank you, Charlotte Digregorio, for making it easier for many poets to enter the engaging community of haiku and senryu.
Barbara Snow, Book Reviewer
Remember that haiku and senryu are wonderful and enjoyable outlets for everyone’s creativity.
Copyright 2016 by Charlotte Digregorio