Dear 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.