Calling All Poets and Artists!

Enjoy haiku! Become motivated to write it. My haiga– a haiku sequence accompanied by art by Nicole Garcia– is on exhibit at City Hall in Highland Park, IL through Feb. 28. There will be a reception for this group show, from 4 to 6 p.m., Monday,  Jan. 14. Come meet a lot of poets and artists. You can even learn all about haiku from me!

I always like to connect with people who love poetry and art. The show is sponsored by The Art Center of Highland Park that selected artists and poets to participate, along with the assistance of Jennifer Dotson of Highland Park Poetry who helped The Art Center to select pieces by poets. Of course, I am most grateful to Nicole Garcia who did the stunning artwork for “Homeless,” my haiku sequence. Through Highland Park Poetry, this piece travels a lot!GetFileAttachment-12

If you are a poet, think about expanding your horizons and meeting artists to collaborate  with. This piece of haiga was gifted to me by Highland Park Poetry after I won one of its Poetry Challenge Contests several years ago. Nicole Garcia, a student in Highland Park at the time, joined in the project. Thanks to Highland Park Poetry,  it was displayed in Pace Buses in suburban Chicago, too.

Be bold! Go to art shows and meet artists. Maybe you’ll meet an artist that you can learn from and also get him/her interested in writing poetry. It’s a two-way street. It’s not just about you, but the other person, too.

Start this new year off by challenging yourself. Of course, if you have a skill like photography, or any artistic skill, think about using your creativity to the maximum and combining the two yourself.

I wish all my readers a rewarding and productive new year.

Copyright 2019 by Charlotte Digregorio.

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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. I recently received an Official Commendation from Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner 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 five non-fiction books: 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; and Your Original Personal Ad. 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." 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 a Pushcart Prize in poetry. I have won forty-seven poetry awards, writing twelve 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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21 Responses to Calling All Poets and Artists!

  1. Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #Haiku Happenings #4: Charlotte Digregorio’s #haiga is on display in City Hall!

  2. haikutec says:

    I like how each verse can be read into each to create aspects of the nuances in renga verses to make a single compelling longer poem.

    Alan

  3. Barbara Tate says:

    I enjoy each day starting off with your blog. Wonderful thoughts and good advice. I hope each and every day of 2019 will be creative and inspirational.

  4. Pat Davis says:

    Hi Charlotte, Thanks for your enthusiasm and encouragement! I’m happy that I met you at The Haiku Circle, and enjoyed your presentation on senryu. It’s not likely that I will ever have a chapbook published, although I have had my haiku and senryu published here and there.. Do you accept people like me as members of your Blog?

  5. sueshaikus says:

    Hi Charlotte,
    I love the idea of combining art and taking it in new and different directions. Your haiku sequence evokes strong emotion through your use of powerful imagistic language. This is enough in itself, but then the stylized artwork (reminiscent of art deco), makes a strong visual connection. Combining the two produces a powerful statement which is so much greater than either of the parts. I love this piece. This new direction exposes people who may never have read or even heard of haiku, and it helps in the “understanding” of this poetic form.

    Susan 😉

  6. madhuri says:

    Happy new year Charlotte!

  7. I combine my haiku with sumi e art. Calling Haiga in my own way. If some one interested can surf my peraonal website:
    http://www.dineshchapagain.com.np for my haiga.
    I recently published a book on Nepali Haiga.Thanks for looking at your blog.

  8. Paul Beech says:

    Hi Charlotte,

    I feel I know the subject of your brilliant haiku sequence here; I certainly met many a poor soul like him in my work with the homeless here in the UK. (One is featured in my poem ‘Countdown’.)

    Nicole Garcia’s artwork perfectly complements your sequence, the resulting haiga stunning indeed, but more than that as it highlights a critical social issue of today.

    During my time helping the homeless, I was daily reminded of the old adage, “There, but for the grace of God, go I.”

    I applaud Highland Park Poetry for enabling your haiga to travel a lot.

    Wishing you a happy and healthy 2019, and may you go from strength to strength in all your creative endeavours,

    Paul

  9. spicejac says:

    Reblogged this on Living Small in a Big World and commented:
    A great idea to expand your creative network. It’s an event that Libraries could establish each year to highlight the creativity of their patrons! I love it!

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