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. I am also 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 have signed books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores. I was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize in poetry. I have won thirty-three poetry awards. 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 am an internationally-published haiku, senryu, tanka, kyoka, haibun, free verse, acrostic, cinquain, etheree, and sestina poet. My poetry has been translated into six languages, and I have done poetry readings at a variety of bookstores, libraries, art centers, cafes, tea houses, and galleries. My poetry has been displayed at supermarkets, art galleries, libraries, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, restaurants, and on public transit. I've been interviewed on cable television about my poetry. I also 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 was also self-employed as a communications/public relations/marketing consultant with 111 clients in 16 states. In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing. I regularly give special lectures and workshops on publishing, journalism, publicity, poetry, and creativity to business and professional groups, and to those at writer's conferences, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and to 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. Currently, I am Second Vice President of the Haiku Society.
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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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