Dear Readers and Followers:
As many of you know, I currently have a solo haiku exhibit at Meet Chicago Northwest, the Greater Woodfield Convention and Visitors Bureau in Schaumburg, IL. It has been there since July 8 and runs until Sept. 30. My previous exhibit was at the Chicago Public Library last spring.
My illustrated exhibit of haiku, senryu, and haiku sequences which includes paintings, graphic art, and photography will move to the Rolling Meadows (IL) Library, 3110 Martin Lane, (Rolling Meadows) on Oct. 1. It will run through Jan. 7. A reception will be held there for me on Sunday, Oct. 9 from 2 to 3 p.m. I hope all of you who live in the Chicago area will stop in for the reception.
I will sign copies of my book, Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All at the reception. For those of you who don’t have it, you can also find a copy through libraries.
The book is helpful for all who want to learn how to write haiku, senryu, and haiku sequences, and for teachers at all levels who want to introduce this poetry to their students. The book also includes detailed teaching instruction with lesson plans, homework assignments, etc. College, high school, and grade school educators can draw ideas and formulate curriculums from this book.
As those of you who have been writing haiku and senryu for years know, it’s like anything else that you learn. You practice a writing genre through the years, and gradually you get better at it. My book offers the perspective of many successful haiku and senryu poets, so that even already established haikuists who read the book can get valuable ideas.
Those who know me well, know that I never stop writing. I write for “commercial” purposes to earn money, but also as a labor of love. I am the author of six books, with the seventh due to be published in 2019.
One thing I have found is that authoring books opens doors. Since I published Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All, I am regularly contacted by organizations asking me to do workshops and exhibits, and to judge writing contests.
Writers cannot live in a vacuum. If they do, they are not receiving input from people who read their work and comment on it, thereby providing them with new ideas for new work.