Poets Can Enrich Their Work: Collaborate with Visual Artists/Musicians

I am exhibiting a piece of haiga– a haiku sequence illustrated with graphic art by Nicole Garcia– at City Hall in Highland Park, IL. The group show, featuring poets and artists, is sponsored by The Art Center of Highland Park. Selection of pieces was made by The Art Center and Highland Park Poetry.

I often do one-person shows of poetry combined with art–my own pieces or pieces of my poetry illustrated by visual artists that were gifted to me. I have been fortunate to belong to poetry/cultural organizations in the Chicago area that encourage collaboration between poets and visual artists. These organizations often hold activities where poets can meet visual artists and work jointly on projects.

Many years ago, when I had a radio poetry program on public broadcasting, I interviewed poets who collaborated with musicians to set their poetry to background music.GetFileAttachment-12

Poets and artists of all mediums should collaborate to enrich their pieces and gain knowledge of other art forms that they can start practicing.

Don’t take the attitude that you can’t learn  other art forms, though you might not have excelled in them when you were in school. In adulthood, our abilities evolve with our expansion of experiences. For example, my abilities with photography have grown simply because of the increasing access I have to technology and smartphones where pictures are just at the click of a button, anywhere and anytime.

I have always believed that, yes, you make your own opportunities, so make a concerted effort to expand your skills in every aspect of life that is meaningful to you.

Make this a goal for 2019: discover more of your hidden talents!

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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6 Responses to Poets Can Enrich Their Work: Collaborate with Visual Artists/Musicians

  1. Great post Charlotte!! Yes just do it! 🌟

  2. Paul Beech says:

    Hi Charlotte,

    As a former social housing manager helping the homeless, I applaud your haiga with its homelessness theme. As a poet, I admire it as fine art, your senryu sequence so perfectly complemented by the dark cityscape.

    Your haiga has made me realise how well sequences lend themselves to this form. I’m all for fusion works generally.

    With very best wishes for the festive season,


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