New Haiku Exhibit Begins/Thoughts for All Writers

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.

: qThe 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.

Even people who write memoirs, share their work with others for input. About a mile down the road from where I live, there is a neighborhood center for people 50 and older. One of the weekly groups is a memoir-writing group that meets to share their stories.
I think that people who tell me that they write “solely” for themselves, and don’t care about sharing or publishing what they write, may want to rethink this position. Some ideas you receive from others may not strike you as being valuable, but it is likely that they may spur another thought that you can incorporate into your writing.
Whether you do exhibits of your writing, readings at open mics, or  attend critique sessions, you profit each time you do. Best wishes for all your writing projects.
Charlotte Digregorio
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.
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2 Responses to New Haiku Exhibit Begins/Thoughts for All Writers

  1. the turtle wins because s/he keeps at it. thank you Charlotte, for the timely message to keep at it. way cool on the continuation of your exhibit. the bee wins for the same reason of course. fun on. aloha.

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