Dear Readers and Followers,
Just a reminder that my illustrated haiku/senryu/haiku sequences exhibit travels to Mundelein, Illinois on Jan. 8. It will be at the Fremont Public Library, 1170 N. Midlothian Rd., through April 1.
In 2016, it was at the Chicago Public Library, Meet Chicago Northwest (The Greater Woodfield Convention and Visitors Bureau in Schaumburg, IL), and the Rolling Meadows (IL) Library. The latter two exhibits were organized and sponsored by the Northwest Cultural Council in Barrington, IL. The Mundelein exhibit, and others yet to be determined for the rest of 2017, are sponsored by the NWCC.
My poetry is illustrated by a variety of artists in the Chicago area with sumi-e paintings, graphic art, and photography. Some of the pieces by artists, were gifted to me by organizations that gave me awards in poetry competitions. It’s always an honor to see my work as a poet before the public, as I’ve found that poets don’t always receive as much attention as writers of other genres. I’ve been a published writer for thirty-seven years, and I must attest that it’s harder to promote my poetry than say, my non-fiction work.
Some of the poetry in my exhibit is taken from my book, Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All.
I’m writing this post, too, to encourage other poets not to be bashful about promoting their work. While I am not the greatest author or poet around, my work can inspire others to write. I hope to keep chipping away at encouraging beginners to put pen to paper.
Don’t waste another day in fulfilling your writing dreams. They are attainable with courage and perseverance. I hope you read the various posts on my blog for the how-to’s of writing and publishing not only poetry, but articles and columns, too. It’s not as difficult as you may think, if only you learn the basic, common sense methods. And, most of all, read, read, read good writing in the genres you’d like to be published in. You can even take some writing workshops in your area. Don’t expect to learn in a few months. Like anything, it takes time and practice.
Copyright 2016 by Charlotte Digregorio.