It’s Published! Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing

Dear Readers and Followers:

My new book is out! Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing. It contains my published poems of many forms, including hundreds of the Japanese forms like haiku. It is 236 pages and is part reference with essays and prose passages on poetry  that will inspire you to write. It also contains multiples resource lists that will give you ideas on where to get published; teaching/speaking ideas; contest ideas; ideas for getting interviewed by the media; and poetry readings and exhibit ideas. Get ideas to showcase your poems! You will not only learn about promoting your work, but more broadly, how to  promote poetry, in general, and the public’s awareness of it as an enjoyable and accessible art form. Further, my book contains a Bibliography of books/anthologies that contain many healing poems, including the Japanese forms, and common other forms by well-known poets.


Here is the press release below:


Heal Yourself: Discover the Healing Art of Poetry


WINNETKA, IL– In our lives, we face fears, pain, loneliness, struggles and grief. We need to heal, and take personal responsibility for managing our lives.

In Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing, we learn about gratitude for life’s moments, ordinary or grand. Acclaimed Poet Charlotte Digregorio’s healing poems speak to us, often with joy/humor.

“Poetry captures our moments that initially may seem ordinary, but that reveal peace and wisdom, helping us get through life,” she says. “Poetry heals. We find solace in others’ experiences, even relatable ones we haven’t had.”

Her book, endorsed by psychotherapists and award-winning authors alike, isn’t just of poems for readers. It is a self-help book with essays and prose in each of its twelve sections, and exhaustive Appendices that inspire either aspiring or experienced poets to write as a healing exercise. It includes an Introduction on poetry as a healing art.

“Many times in our lives, we hear psychologists in the media advise us to write about our trials or to journal,” Digregorio says. “Since poetry heals, it’s wise to not only read it, but to write it,” she suggests. She offers exhaustive ideas for writers and aspiring ones to excel and to network with others in this healing art.

In this artistically-designed book, readers learn about poetic forms; receive ideas for capturing poetic moments; become inspired to write poems that speak to all; and refine their writing.

Digregorio’s indefatigable writing packs a strong poetic punch. This award-winning poet has the courage to face truths about love, loss, aging, birth, death, life’s upside down nature–the full catastrophe. Expect to be challenged/invigorated. Without question, she’s a beneficial presence in this world. I have a high regard for her fresh and poignant poems.   –Robert Epstein, Psychotherapist and Author of Healing into Haiku: On Illness and Pain

     Readers also learn about making their poetry visible to the public through national/community outlets, so the art of poetry is increasingly recognized as a healing one, just as the visual arts are. One essay instructs on how to make poetry visible by, for example, organizing events and partnering with organizations. There is information on where to publish one’s poetry and promote it through print/broadcast outlets; cultural/art/literary associations; and businesses. There are ideas for speaking and leading poetry workshops, for example, to network with others and share one’s literary art in difficult times.

The book has a comprehensive Bibliography of healing poetry collections; Appendices with ample lists of journals, general-interest publications, media/cultural/literary organizations and particular businesses that recognize poets through awards, interviews, readings, workshops, and poetry exhibits.

This collection has hundreds of the author’s poems, divided into thematic sections. Among them are: Nostalgia, Peace, Creatures, Seasons’ Potpourri, and Art. Each section contains inspiring prose with information on crafting poems.

We’re inspired by Digregorio’s images extolling nature’s majesty and her leisurely street/public place scenes. We need calm to problem-solve through illness, family deaths, broken relationships, and other traumas. This book is the pathway to finding peace.

Note: This book is available through Amazon, and autographed copies are available through me.  You can contact me, Charlotte Digregorio at

Copyright 2020 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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15 Responses to It’s Published! Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing

  1. MaryJo says:

    I highly recommend Ripples of Air. It speaks to what it is to be human—the joys as well as the sorrows, the emotional territory of illness, death, loneliness. The poems are varied and appeal even to those who are not into poetry. I’ve used the book successfully with a group of non-poets just recently, They asked for another afternoon of readings from Charlotte’s book. Ripples of Air
    made an impact on their lives as one of them expressed.

    • Thank you so much for your immense support, Jo! Coming from a poet of your caliber, it means a lot! I hope everyone has read my review of your book, “Still,” in this blog and that they will purchase it for themselves and for friends. It is a work of art!

  2. Congrats on the new book, Charlotte.

  3. Paul Beech says:

    Dear Charlotte,

    Congratulations on your new book. Gosh, ‘Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing’ sounds amazing! A volume brimming with wonderful poetry, prose and essays together with good advice and reference material for poets. A veritable treasury indeed! And with its theme of poetry as a healing art, a work that must surely have broad appeal.

    Good Luck with it.

    My very best,


  4. What a wellspring you bring to the world, Charlotte!. . . of joy, light, darkness, life itself. Very happy for you, for all of us who read your poems. – Donna Fleischer

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  6. Al Gallia says:

    Wonderful news, Charlotte! I will get my copy ASAP! Best wishes.

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