Attention: Haiku Contest for Students

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


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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