Digregorio Featured in Newspaper Article

Dear Readers and Followers:

This article about my upcoming haiku exhibit and workshop at Northfield (IL) Public Library ran in the Winnetka Patch newspaper with the headline “Exhibit and Workshop Slated for Haiku Enthusiasts”:getfileattachment-4

Charlotte Digregorio of Winnetka, author of Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All, knows the simplicity, yet elegance, of Japanese-style poetry. She will have an exhibit of this short poetic form combined with art throughout March and give a haiku workshop from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Sunday April 29 at the Northfield (IL) Public Library, 1785 Orchard Lane.

Haiku originated in Japan in the 1600s, and Digregorio says, “They capture the moments of our lives and often evoke our deepest emotions that we may have difficulty sharing with even those close to us.” Her haiku exhibit is illustrated with graphic art and Japanese brush stroke paintings of black ink.

The author loves to engage the public in her poetry through artwork, thereby bringing poetry into the mainstream. People who don’t normally read poetry will often be attracted to it through paintings, Digregorio believes.

Haiku can be written about anything, but often include nature scenes. They are becoming a worldwide fad, Digregorio says, as the poems are written in about 56 languages. Sometimes haiku are written about homelessness, loneliness, aging, illness, and death. They are therapeutic in our complex and chaotic world, she adds.

Digregorio loves to teach young and old about the beauty and joy of writing haiku. “Written in simple language with literary techniques, they express so much in so few words,” she explains.

The author’s workshop will introduce attendees to the healing and insightful nature of haiku. Usually written in one to four lines, haiku are relevant today because they allow people to capture life’s sad and happy moments in affirming and rewarding ways.

“Whatever one’s personal, educational, or professional background, they can be creative and write and publish haiku,” Digregorio says.

The workshop will include discussion of haiku’s content and style; a brief history of it; sample poems to review/analyze; publishing tips; and writing of one’s own haiku with prizes awarded for the best ones.

The author, who has won 46 international poetry awards for various forms, has amassed a private collection of her framed haiku that is illustrated by professional artists in the Chicago area. Most of the framed pieces were gifted to her by organizations that had given her poetry awards.

Digregorio was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She served the Haiku Society of America in executive positions for many years. Her poetry has been translated into eight languages, and she hosted her own radio program, “Poetry Beat,” on public broadcasting.

Further, Digregorio’s poetry is regularly exhibited at botanic gardens, art galleries, apparel stores, wine shops, restaurants, banks, and on public transit.

Author of five other award-winning books, she speaks at national writer’s conference, is a writer-in-residence at colleges, and judges writing competitions.

For more information, contact the Northfield Public Library, 847-446-5990.

Copyright 2018 by the Winnetka-Glencoe Patch.


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.
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4 Responses to Digregorio Featured in Newspaper Article

  1. Congratulazioni Charlotte,
    lo ribloggo e lo condivido su Memorie di una Geisha. Molto molto interessante.

    Best regards,

  2. Reblogged this on Memorie di una Geisha, multiblog internazionale di HAIKU di ispirazione giapponese and commented:
    Da non perdere questo interessante articolo dal blog di Charlotte Digregorio.

  3. Paul Beech says:

    Much enjoyed this article from the Winnetka Patch, Charlotte.

    True, people don’t have to be poets or regular readers of poetry to appreciate the elegance, relevance and value of haiku, senryu and haiga. How good it is that haiku is finding its way into public places these days for the pleasure and sustenance of those hurrying about their daily lives.

    I’m sure your Northfield Library Exhibit and Workshop will be very warmly received.

    Good Luck,


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