My Haiku Event Slated for July in Chicago

: qDear Readers and Followers,

As many of you know, I’m always actively involved in haiku in my free time. As I get older, I seem to have less and less free time, though. I’ll be giving a haiku/senryu presentation and holding a discussion of the forms for a large group of university women, the Chicago Women’s Alliance, on Tuesday, July 25 at the Cliff Dwellers Club in downtown Chicago overlooking Lake Michigan.

The event is an annual banquet that draws University of Chicago alumni and friends from all over the Chicago metro area. Although I am not a member of the Cliff Dwellers Club, I look forward to being a guest each year, and am thrilled to be a 2017 speaker.

The Cliff Dwellers is a grand old club that  was formed to “encourage, foster, and develop higher standards of art, literature and craftsmanship; to promote the mutual acquaintance of art lovers, art workers and authors; to maintain in the City of Chicago a club house and to provide therein galleries, libraries and exhibition facilities for the various lines of art, in support of the foregoing purposes.”

The Club’s name is  based on the novel ,”The Cliff Dwellers,” by Henry B. Fuller. It refers to the ancient cliff-dwelling Indians of the Southwest, evoking the image of something historic and majestic.

As an author, I always look forward to sharing my how-to writing knowledge with others, and I’ve been doing so for 30 years. Further, I love sharing my how-to haiku book with others–Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All.

Alan Summers, a poet  who is often featured on my blog, recently reviewed my book and made these comments:

It’s always good to come across a sincere book about haiku. Add this to your library if you like the idea of learning to write haiku well. Highly recommended.

Alan is the President of the United Haiku and Tanka Society and Co-founder of  “Call of the Page.”

For those of you who live in metropolitan Chicago, you may be interested to know that I have regular haiku/art exhibits in libraries, at convention centers, businesses, and hospitals. Currently, through July 1, my haiku/senryu/haiku sequences exhibit is at the Wellness Center of Northwest Community Hospital, 900 W. Central Rd.. in Arlington Heights, IL.

As I often tell my readers, share your work with others, as it keeps you motivated to continue creating. Pursuing creative work can be a lonely activity, so don’t isolate yourselves from others in the process. Share, share, share what you do! The ideas you’ll receive and friendships you’ll make will be invaluable.

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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6 Responses to My Haiku Event Slated for July in Chicago

  1. Don Baird says:

    Hi Charlotte!

    Wonderful! I wish that I lived closer and I’d pop in on your events. Fun stuff!

    Best wishes always —


  2. Charlotte,

    As far as I’m concerned you have brought haiku to the people. Ordinary people who have something to say. It is a great legacy you are leaving! Congratulations and I have to say I agree with Alan (although I think his opinion carries a bit more weight ; )


  3. Paul Beech says:

    Hi Charlotte,

    Should love to see your haiku/senryu exhibit in Chicago but four thousand miles would be a rather long commute!

    Good Luck with everything anyway; I’m sure the good ladies at the Cliff Dwellers Club will love your presentation. You are truly inspirational in the cause of haiku.

    My very best,


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