My Haiku Exhibit Featured at “Meet Chicago Northwest”

My haiku exhibit runs at Meet Chicago Northwest, the Greater Woodfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, 1375 E. Woodfield Rd., Schaumburg, IL, through Sept. 30. My poetry is illustrated by various artists in the metro area, and includes  sumi-e paintings and graphic art. The exhibit is sponsored by the Northwest Cultural Council in Barrington, IL. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the exhibit is free and open to the public.

The exhibit includes three-line haiku, haiku sequences ( a series of haiku with the same theme that includes a title), and senryu, three-line poems in the style of individual haiku that focuses on human nature.

Through my exhibit, I strive to convey the simplicity and elegance of Japanese-style poetry. Haiku and senryu originated in the 1600s and 1700s, respectively. They capture the moments of our lives. I feel they often evoke our deepest emotions that we may have difficulty sharing with even those close to us.

Haiku can be written about anything, but they often include nature scenes that express our oneness with the natural world. I love to teach both young and old about their beauty and subtlety, and about how writing in a few words can be so expressive and rewarding.  I am the author of Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All, and my outreach includes lectures and workshops at libraries and through writer’s organizations throughout the U.S.


I  enjoy having my poetry illustrated with work by various artists to enhance the evocative nature of haiku and senryu. This way, people who don’t normally read poetry are drawn to it. Through my exhibit, I hope poetry will become more of mainstream art, more visible to the public.

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. In 2018, I was honored by the Governor of Illinois 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 seven books including: 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; Your Original Personal Ad; and my latest, Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing. 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 by Charlotte Digregorio." 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 two Pushcart Prizes in poetry. I have won fifty-nine poetry awards, writing fourteen 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.
This entry was posted in Appreciating Haiku, Appreciating nature, Appreciating Poetry, Art, Artists, Charlotte Digregorio, Chicago Haiku Event, Chicago Poetry Event, creative writing, Exhibit, Haiku, Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All, Haiku Michigan, Haiku Poets, Japanese-style poetry, Language Arts, literacy, micropoetry, Senryu, Short Poems, sumi-e, Writing Haiku, Writing Poetry, Writing Senryu and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

14 Responses to My Haiku Exhibit Featured at “Meet Chicago Northwest”

  1. very cool and congratulations. the idea of working with various local artists is excellent. definitely worth seeing—some day I’ll be a little closer and see one of your exhibits in person. it runs through September 30, 2016, did I miss the starting date? and will there be an opening? thank you for all you do for haiku. way fun.

  2. This post illustrates both the legwork of an artist/writer and the beauty and pleasure that is shared with others. Congratulations on the Pushcart nomination!

    • Thank you, Marjorie! Hope your novel is going well and that you find a publisher before long. Yes, legwork is always the key to getting published! And, in sharing work, it gives others courage to write & publish, so it’s not a me-centered activity by authors, as some think.

  3. you got it. and more. just beautiful. sharing at word pond.

  4. Pingback: My Haiku Exhibit Featured at “Meet Chicago Northwest” | Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog | word pond

  5. Paul Beech says:

    Sounds a stunning exhibition, Charlotte, a truly inspiring display of what can be done in these ancient Japanese forms by a modern American master in collaboration with local artists, and I only wish I could hop over for it. But it would be a very long hop from North Wales!

    Good Luck,


    PS: I’ll be launching my first book, ‘Twin Dakotas: poetry and prose’, in Chester (Cheshire) tomorrow.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s