Daily Haiku: Dec. 13, 2016




he asks Santa
for a ticket to Mars
and a suitcase


Alan Summers
The 1000 Verse Renga “Like Starlings” film, 2009


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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7 Responses to Daily Haiku: Dec. 13, 2016

  1. haikutec says:

    Reblogged this on Haikutec’s Weblog and commented:
    Based on my time as a professional Santa.

    This is a single request from a small boy who wanted a ticket to Mars, and then added he’d like a suitcase as well for Christmas.

  2. haikutec says:

    Based on my time as a professional Santa.

    This is a single request from a small boy who wanted a ticket to Mars, and then added he’d like a suitcase as well for Christmas.


    • Somehow, Alan, I see you as being too artistic to be dressed up as Santa . . .

      • haikutec says:

        Ah, Charlotte,

        Being Santa is not only rewarding, as I get to work with parents and children together, but it’s when they go through a rough spot due to health or financial situations, or family tragedy, and I can add a little magic in tough times.

        Six weeks full time employment through mid-November to Christmas Eve is also incredibly useful for a jobbing poet. 🙂

        I don’t do anything to a lazy formula, and sometimes even parents and wise grandparents are not sure if I’m just an actor, but the real thing. 🙂

        It’s great experience and pulls in a lot of different skill sets that set me up for the new year when I hit the road doing haiku events. 🙂

        ho ho ho,


  3. he asks Santa
    for a ticket to Mars
    and a suitcase

    –Alan Summers

    A great capture of Christmas spirit. Childrens’ dreams, and the young boy still inside me. 🙂

    • haikutec says:

      Yes, Michael,

      Very much me too. Don’t want to shake the childhoodness out of me, too many do, and look at the current state of the world.

      Once, as a young man, I would have gone to Mars, even as a solitary advance party. A great adventure, as long as the mistakes on Earth are left behind.


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