Daily Haiku Special Feature for Saturday, May 23, 2020

Many of you are familiar with Marta Chocilowska’s haiku. She is very active internationally in the haiku world.

Below is her biography and nine of her haiku poems:

Chocilowska lives in Warsaw, Poland. She is a cat–lover, cyclist, co-author of domestic and foreign haiku anthologies, and winner and judge of several haiku contests.

She is widely published in international haiku, senryu, and haiga journals. Her haiku are translated into Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, Dutch, German, Italian, Japanese, and Russian.

Chocilowska is the author of “Seasons in Polish Kigo,” President of the Polish Haiku Association, the editor of the PHA’s Almanac, “Migratory Birds,” and administrator of The Haiku Foundation’s Haiku Registry.

my grandfather’s smile

from beneath

the scarecrow’s hat

Brass Bell: a haiku journal, December 2017

cherry blooms . . .

even the moon

turns pink

Asahi Haikuist Network, March 3, 2017

church candles

shining in new splendor

worn wedding rings

Asahi Haikuist Network, Feb. 16, 2018

slice of bread

step in step with me

a seagull

Otata, 32, August 2018

Friday evening . . .

the pub door swings

in front of a boy

Otata, 31, July 2018


our old swing

still creaks

The Mainichi, Haiku in English Best of 2016 Annual Selection


the bareness of mannequins

in shop windows

Golden Triangle Haiku Contest, 2019

stray dog

a beggar splits his sandwich

in half

Brass Bell: a haiku journal, April 2017

sultry night

you don’t let me sleep till dawn


Peonies/Божури – a bilingual haiku anthology, Sofia, 2019

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 Daily Haiku Special Feature for Saturday, May 23, 2020

  1. A beautiful selection.

    Marta is such a generous person, sharing the news of publication of her haiku friends’ work all over the world.

  2. Paul Beech says:

    A fascinating feature. Great to read about Marta Chocilowska; she’s clearly a most accomplished and influential haiku poet not only in Poland but internationally too. And I’ve much enjoyed this selection of her work, ranging from humour (“grandfather’s smile” and “Friday evening”) through wistful (“summertime”) to poignant (“stray dog”).

    Shall look out for more!


  3. Janice D says:

    Presenting so many haiku by one person was a gift for readers. So many emotions expressed in one post was a microcosm of the roller coaster of life.

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