Thankful to Run The Daily Haiku

I look forward to running The Daily Haiku each morning and to have several hundred poets from twenty-five countries participate. Posting a haiku or senryu each day puts me in the frame of mind to notice the telling moments of my day. It’s a good way to start off. And, I have learned from each talented poet who has contributed.

As I’ve often said in my blog posts, if you want to learn how to write a poetic form or any genre and perfect your skills at it, you must read, read, read quality pieces in that particular genre.

From what readers tell me, many didn’t know the specific form of haiku and senryu until they began reading The Daily Haiku on a regular basis. They said they were writing them incorrectly. It is gratifying when you realize that a regular feature is benefitting your readers and is helping them do better at what they’d like to learn. But The Daily Haiku serves other purposes, too. It showcases previously-published poems that should be read  again, and  enlightens readers about life. Some readers simply want to appreciate good writing that helps them along in life’s trying times.

This Thanksgiving, besides being thankful for my decades as a thriving author, I am also thankful for all who have influenced me along the way. I have been blessed to receive inspiration from so many of you.

During the holiday season, pay attention to special and ordinary moments that may lead you to write an inspirational haiku or senryu. You never know who will read your haiku or senryu moment and receive a valuable revelation from it. No matter who you are and what you do, there is time in your day to recognize a haiku moment.

Happy Thanksgiving to all. Enjoy your holiday, and don’t forget to spend some quiet moments of reflection.


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 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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5 Responses to Thankful to Run The Daily Haiku

  1. Susan Beth Furst says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Charotte🌻🍁🌼

  2. Paul Beech says:

    Dear Charlotte,

    Must confess, I’m embarrassed now by my early efforts to write haiku. Some of it wasn’t bad but it certainly wasn’t haiku! A couple of years ago I found ‘The Art of Haiku 2000’ edited by Gerald England, and so began my proper education in this and related Japanese forms.

    Having found the right path, I’m now delighted to follow it further, drawing enlightenment and inspiration from the many gifted modern-day practitioners whose work you post in ‘The Daily Haiku’.

    As with all the arts from landscape painting to choreography, writing derives from our human need to apprehend and interpret experience. The practice of haiku and senryu sharpens observation and perception, enabling us to recognise the extraordinary in the ordinary, the enduring in the fleeting moment, and pin it on paper in the most distilled and economical form – skills which may benefit our literary output as a whole, prose as well as poetry, in whatever genre.

    ‘The Daily Haiku’ is an invaluable resource, for which I’m sure many will be giving thanks tomorrow.

    Have a very happy Thanksgiving Day,


  3. Mary Kendall says:

    I look foward to seeing what the daily haiku or senryu will be. By reposting these excellent poems, you give so many people to read them. I’ve been introduced to so many poets through your blog. It’s a real gift to everyone…so, thank you! 🙂

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