My Haiku Exhibit Moves to the Hospital

Dear Readers,

My solo, traveling haiku/senryu exhibit with art will be at the Wellness Center of Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, IL from April 1 until July 1. (800 W. Central Rd., separate building on the hospital campus).

Healthcare settings are always great places for haiku and senryu to appear, due to the affirming and healing nature of these poems expressing our innermost feelings. The NCH campus is also a great place for health and fitness classes, spa services, physical therapy, and cardiac rehab.getfileattachment-3

I believe that just like exercise, haiku and senryu should be practiced each day of one’s life for emotional and mental well-being. Writing haiku and senryu is like putting together a puzzle and it forces us to think about how best we can express our feelings to others.

For people struggling with illness, haiku and senryu can be particularly beneficial. A few years ago, I gave a haiku workshop at  Cancer Survivors’ Day at a hospital in Chicago and many attended who’d just gotten through their chemo treatments. They said that writing haiku and senryu was an especially calming and hopeful exercise for them.

The haiga above (haiku combined with art) is an example of my senryu– a poem written in the haiku form, but focusing on human nature. Senryu are often humorous, as this one is.

Incidentally, my traveling exhibit is co-sponsored by the Hospital and by Northwest Cultural Council in Barrington, IL.  I am so very grateful to both for giving me the opportunity to spread the word about haiku and senryu to an even broader audience.

My traveling exhibit is in its final month at the Fremont Public Library in Mundelein, IL, 1170 N. Midlothian Rd. A special reception will be held for me at the Library, Wednesday, March 15 at 6 p.m. The public is invited, and I hope to see many of you who live in the Chicago area. I will be signing my book, Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All, at the reception. Adobe Photoshop PDF

May you always prosper throughout your life with the peace, joys, and insights that haiku and senryu afford you.

Copyright 2017 by Charlotte Digregorio.


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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10 Responses to My Haiku Exhibit Moves to the Hospital

  1. haikutec says:

    So agree, writing haiku and related genres is beneficial to mental health, from my own personal experience, with black dog, and working with others who have various mental health issues including head injury related trauma.

    warm regards,


  2. I think that the exhibition of haiku is a experience unique and exciting.
    To write  haiku is  to observe the life  through a special perspective.
    Your words are very beautiful.
    read a lot of hope.
    Thank you Charlotte for your interesting article.
    All the best,

  3. Ps.
    I read a lot of hope

  4. formance says:

    Where can we buy your book?

  5. Paul Beech says:

    Hi Charlotte,

    I write haiku to cleanse the palate between longer works and will have to do two or three, I think, after the supernatural flash fiction story I’ve just completed! It’s great stress-relief too of course, crafting three short lines to convey the essence of a fleeting moment.

    Enjoy the reception at Fremont Public Library on the 15th. I’m sure your travelling haiku exhibit will have generated great interest in the genre.

    My very best,


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