People tell me, every once in awhile, that they’d like me to run some of my haiku in The Daily Haiku. However, it is reserved for your haiku and senryu. Here, you will find poets from thirty countries, and the list is forever growing, since haiku and senryu are written in dozens of countries.
Off hand, I can think of some of my favorite haiku and senryu poets in these countries: USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, England, Japan, Malta, Saudi Arabia, Poland, Bulgaria, Korea, The Philippines, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Sweden, India, France, South Africa, Slovenia, Serbia, Switzerland, The Philippines, and The Netherlands.
Readers who want to be included in The Daily Haiku can always send me their previously-published haiku or senryu in English. Please send a few that have been published in well-known haiku journals. I will be happy to consider them. You can email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’ve been reading my blog for a long time, you know that I don’t just include poetry, but pieces about such topics as the how-to’s of writing articles, columns, and books. Writing can be fun, but writing for publication is even better.
Some people are frowned upon when people ask them what they do as “work,” and they respond, “I am a writer.” Often, one is not taken seriously as a writer by even family and friends until they begin to publish regularly. Perhaps those people think of writers as having the good life because “they sit around and daydream.” Getting published, I think, validates us in many ways. We gain people’s respect, and this naturally lifts our spirits.
Writing is a good life, but also a hard one. The paychecks aren’t regular ones, so any way we can receive appreciation, helps us keep up our momentum work-wise.
Just a reminder for those of you living in the Chicago metro area. A reception is being held for me by the Fremont Public Library in Mundelein, IL at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 15, in honor of my illustrated haiku exhibit and my book, Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All.
I hope you can make it for conversation and refreshments. And, if you are new to haiku and senryu, I hope you will learn from the exhibit.
Further, I received word not long ago, that my next haiku exhibit will run from April 1 to July 1 at Northwest Community Healthcare’s Wellness Center in Arlington Heights, IL. I have given haiku workshops at hospitals before, and participants really tap into the healing nature of haiku and senryu, so I am looking forward to doing an exhibit in a healthcare setting. This exhibit is sponsored by the Northwest Cultural Council in Barrington, IL.
I was also honored this month to have my haiku featured in the Haiku Canada Review with a broadside inserted in the publication. Twelve of my haiku and senryu were selected, along with my bio and photo.
I receive a lot of recognition for my work, but this is no accident. It is because I have been a published writer for thirty-seven years. One doesn’t become a published writer in one day. The good news is, that everyone who wants to, can achieve their goals with dedication.
I hope my blog encourages you, and that you learn from it, and that it shows you that you, too, can succeed as a writer.
Copyright 2017 by Charlotte Digregorio.