Discover Haiga: My Exhibit Travels Again

Dear Readers and Followers:

As some of you know, I have a haiga exhibit that circulates 365 days a year. Sometimes I divide up the exhibit and have it running at two places at once.

Some of you are wondering “What is haiga?” It is haiku combined with an art medium of one’s choosing. As I always tell people, you can even combine haiku or (senryu) with embroidery.

Currently, I have an exhibit at Fremont Public Library, 1170 N. Midlothian Rd., in Mundelein, IL, (a Chicago suburb.) Other venues I’ve exhibited at include corporate buildings, convention centers, hospitals, and galleries.

I have nineteen pieces of haiga and haiku. I say haiku, too, as a few pieces stand on their own with haiku penned with illustrative calligraphy that accents its theme. In order to have an exhibit, of course, all pieces must be professionally framed.

Many of my pieces were gifted to me by literary organizations that awarded me prizes; some of the pieces were done by Lidia Rozmus, dear artist-friend, who has included her art and my haiku in her own exhibits; and others were done by me, including my own photography. So, I have pieces combined with graphic art, sumi-e paintings (ink and brush stroke) by Lidia, in addition to my own art. The art herein was done by Lidia.

 

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This is my haiku reference book:

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It is always gratifying to entice people to write haiku by drawing them into it with art. Many people might not even consider reading poetry unless the art first attracts them to it. I have spent thirty-eight long years practicing the literary arts and promoting them, too, for others’ participation and enjoyment. This recently culminated in my being honored with an Official Commendation by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner for my achievements.

As a result of my recent exhibits, I recently decided to resurrect my calligraphy skills. When I was  eight through thirteen years old, I studied italics and became good at it. As we age, our penmanship usually deteriorates. I am beginning to take it up again, and would like to include more of my calligraphy in my haiku work.

Those of you who are already writing haiku, you, too,  might consider illustrating it with an art medium of your choosing!

 

Copyright 2018 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.
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10 Responses to Discover Haiga: My Exhibit Travels Again

  1. Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #Haiku Happenings #2: Charlotte DiGregorio’s #haiga hits the road!

  2. Maria Laura Valente says:

    Reblogged this on Komorebi.

  3. I just finished your book Haiku and Senyru. It has helped me so much in understanding haiku better.

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