Daily Haiku: Oct. 11, 2018

old slave market:
two black boys buying
cotton candy
by L. Teresa Church  (USA)
Four Hundred and Two Snails
Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthology, 2018

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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11 Responses to Daily Haiku: Oct. 11, 2018

  1. haikutec says:

    Some early Simply Haiku entries (2017) from L. Teresa Church including:

    rose garden
    mama parcels my hair
    into plaits

    L. Teresa Church resides in Durham, North Carolina and is a native of Virginia. She is a playwright, freelance writer, quilter, poet, library professional, and member of the Carolina African American Writers’ Collective. Her writings have appeared in publications such as Southern Theatre; Fertile Ground; The Saracen Literary Magazine; BMa: The Sonia Sanchez Literary Review; Word and Witness: One Hundred Years of North Carolina Poetry; Sauti Mpya: The Literary magazine of the Sonja Haynes Stone Black Cultural Center; Exquisite Reaction; Moonwort Review; Nocturnes (Re)view of the Literary Arts; Drumvoices Revue; and Black Arts Quarterly. In 1989, Church won the North Carolina Arts Council’s Playwrights Fellowship for her third play, “ONE DAY WHEN I WAS LOST.”

  2. haikutec says:

    One Window’s Light won the Haiku Society of America’s Merit Book Award for best haiku anthology published in 2017!

    One Window’s Light (Unicorn Press, Greensboro: 2017) is a collection of haiku by Dr. L. Teresa Church, Lenard D. Moore, Dr. Shelia Smith McKoy, Crystal Simone Smith, and Gideon Young.

    “This collection is a lighted window into lives of African American haiku poets with powerful connections to earth and family.” —Ruth Yarrow

    The haiku are arranged in thematic sections. Here is one from “History”:

    dusty slave quarters
    rusted sugar kettles
    holding rainwater

    —L. Teresa Church

  3. haikutec says:

    The showcased verse might seem shockingly insensitive if done by some poets, so I thought it best to show that L. Teresa Church is a member of the Carolina African American Writers’ Collective, so it’s entirely appropriate, and important.

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