Promote Haiku During National Literacy Awareness Month

September is National Literacy Awareness Month. I learned long ago, when I was asked to teach haiku to public school students, that haiku and senryu were great ways to  not only to enrich their vocabulary, but to get them reading and writing.

Many students have short attention spans, and reading or writing brief things is a way that isn’t daunting to get them interested in literacy. I have taught haiku and senryu to at risk students, too, and I was delighted by the interesting thoughts and imaginative expression of these junior high and high school students in writing them. They were particularly intrigued with senryu and  how clever it allowed them to be with short takes on human nature and humor.

In fact, being able to tweet haiku and senryu appeals to students and adults alike, no matter what abilities they have with the written word.

As haikuists, we can work to get haiku and senryu noticed, taking every opportunity to link them to a celebratory month, not only to National Poetry Month in April. Think about doing a Google search and coming up with celebratory months or even special days  during which haiku and senryu can be promoted. Always be looking for these opportunities, particularly if you like to teach, give workshops, or do readings.

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. In 2018, I was honored by the Governor of Illinois for my thirty-eight years of accomplishments in the literary arts, and my work to promote and advance the field by educating adults and students alike. I am the author of seven books including: 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; Your Original Personal Ad; and my latest, Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing. 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 by Charlotte Digregorio." 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 regularly sign books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores, and do poetry readings at art centers, cafes, tea houses, and galleries. I was recently nominated for two Pushcart Prizes in poetry. I have won fifty-nine poetry awards, writing fourteen poetic forms. My poetry has been translated into eight languages. I do illustrated solo poetry exhibits 365 days a year in libraries, galleries, corporate buildings, hospitals, convention centers, and other venues. My individual poems have been displayed at supermarkets, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, restaurants, and on public transit. 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 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 am self-employed as a public relations/marketing consultant, having served a total of 118 clients in 23 states for the past several decades . In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing. I regularly give lectures and workshops on publishing, journalism, publicity, poetry, and creativity to business and professional groups, and at writer's conferences, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and 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, and for two years as its Second Vice President.
This entry was posted in creative writing, Daily Haiku, Haiku, literacy, National Literacy Awareness Month, Poetry, Reading, Senryu, Short Poems, students, Teachers, Teaching, Writing and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to Promote Haiku During National Literacy Awareness Month

  1. Thank you Charlotte
    for this interesting article.
    Tomorrow, I’ll share it in my blog.
    Congrats for your work.

  2. Paul Beech says:

    Hi Charlotte, I’m all on for promoting haiku, senryu and related forms.

    My partner Maureen and I attended the annual Callander Poetry Weekend in Scotland at the beginning of September (review on my blog, Grandy’s Landing) and my reading included ‘Curlew Sunset’ (my sequence poem published in Failed Haiku last month), ‘Cherry Bakewells’ (my haibun published along with a senryu in this month’s Failed Haiku) plus a newly written haibun.

    I also had the great pleasure of meeting Gerald England for the first time at Callander. It was his book ‘The Art of Haiku 2000’, which I read two or three years ago, that really showed me the way with traditional Japanese-style poetry. Of course your wonderful Daily Haiku and Alan Summers’ Haikutec’s Weblog have been an inspiration since.

    Viva le haiku!

    Very best wishes,


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s