Daily Haiku: Jan. 1, 2017

curling up at dusk
the park bench sleeper
turns over a new page

by Alan Summers
Fellowship of Australian Writers, Queensland
First Place
International Haiku Contest, 1996
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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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19 Responses to Daily Haiku: Jan. 1, 2017

  1. Good verse & nice bit of humor.

    • haikutec says:

      Thank you!

      This was a tramp, not a vagrant, or a homeless person as such, but it was still sad seeing him rearrange the newspapers on such a cold day drawing into dusk.

    • haikutec says:

      This particular man, perhaps as it was gathering into dusk, and in a large park land, I didn’t disturb him. But others over many years I have kept in touch, given money, bought coffee, been happy to be seen in their company.

      Some have died, mostly from Septicemia, either just the normal hazards or from police dog bites. I really like the idea of some American States that create incredibly cheap one room accommodation for the homeless.

      Alan

  2. Maria Laura Valente says:

    Perfect choice! ♡

  3. haikutec says:

    Reblogged this on Haikutec’s Weblog and commented:
    To be judged by Janice Bostok was an even greater honour, and my second time judged first in this competition: http://area17.blogspot.co.uk/2010/08/anatomy-of-haiku.html

  4. intuitivepublishing says:

    Dear Charlotte, would it be ok if I read the responses to Vancouver Haiku Group members given by your followers to your inquiry about the first word that comes to your mind in thinking about haiku.

    There were fifty-four responses.

    Let me know.

    Angela Naccarato

    Founder and Facilitator

    Vancouver Haiku Group

    Vancouver, BC Canada

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