The Daily Haiku: It’s All About You

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: c-books@hotmail.com

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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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16 Responses to The Daily Haiku: It’s All About You

  1. Susan Beth Furst says:

    Happy Happy Valentine’s Day Charlotte!💜

  2. I appreciate your efforts to share the haiku verses of other poets here. I’ve found many of them inspiring, verses I’d like to read again and again.
    I want to check out some haiku journals myself. I’d like to submit some of my verses sometime, too, — if I only knew which are worthy. 🙂

    • Try cattails, the journal of The United Haiku and Tanka Society. You first join the Society online– it’s free– then you are allowed to submit haiku. You can also submit haiku to “Failed Haiku.” That is also published online. Those are two good starting points. Since you live in Canada, you can send haiku to Haiku Canada. You don’t need to be a member to send haiku. It’s free. If you want to receive their publications, I would suggest joining Haiku Canada. Hope this helps. I have covered this topic in my various posts. You can look through the archives of subjects that interest you.

  3. Thirty-seven years, Charlotte – WOW!

    Well done 🙂

    marion

  4. Thank you so much for your post, Charlotte.
    Your enthusiasm is contagious and I think that writing is never easy, but a continued engagement with much sacrifice.
    Congrats for your exhibitions haiku and senryu.
    I wish I were there.
    Fondly,
    Eufemia

  5. Thank. I have already sent my haiku😃

    • etain74 says:

      Hallo, Charlotte!
      I’ve sent this morning some haiku to cattails, but it seems that the submissions already closed. I thought that the deadline was today at midnight, am I wrong?

  6. I checked out Cattails and I see they want new, never published verses, whereas. I’ve posted almost all mine at treetophaiku.wordpress.com. Submission to cattails is something to keep in mind for later, though I’d wish for an opinion on whether my verses are even worth submitting, if anyone wants to have a look.

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