Thank You to Those Who Participated in the Poetry Open Mic!

Sponsored by the Winnetka Public Library, (Illinois-USA), just up the road from Chicago, I was thrilled to see so many of you attend and read today at the Poetry Open Mic! (Through Zoom). Participants included those from England, Ireland, Wales, India, and Slovakia. There were 34 in all, 26 from this blog. From sonnets, free verse, and rhyming poems, to the Japanese forms, great poetry from great poets was featured and appreciated! It was a pleasure for me to host this event, and meet you through Zoom!!

Attendees/Participants included:

  1. Ruth Partridge, England
  2. Roberta Beary, Ireland
  3. Radhamani Sarma, India
  4. Matus Niznansky, Slovakia
  5. Karen Harvey, Wales
  6. Mike, Davenport, Iowa
  7. Judith Kittredge, Tennessee
  8. Ruth Holzer, Virginia
  9. Rhonda Parsons, Illinois
  10. Bona M. Santos, California
  11. Jeri Frederickson, Chicago
  12. Colleen M. Farrelly, Florida
  13. Paul Smith, Skokie, Illinois
  14. Karen DeFranco, Ohio
  15. Marie Asner, Kansas
  16. Elaine Costanzo, Florida
  17. Rick Daddario, Hawaii
  18. Jennifer Hambrick, Ohio
  19. Ingrid Bruck, Pennsylvania
  20. Michael Henry Lee, Florida
  21. Shreya, India
  22. Hilary Naab, Iowa
  23. Caroline Giles Banks, Minnesota
  24. Susan Burch, Maryland
  25. Mary McCormack, Minnesota
  26. Beth Snyder, Evanston, IL

If I forgot anyone from this blog, please bring this to my attention! I will run one of your poems.

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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16 Responses to Thank You to Those Who Participated in the Poetry Open Mic!

  1. aloha Charlotte. thank you. and thank you to everyone at the Poetry Open Mic, listening, meeting and reading. it was excellent. special thank you to Nick too, an excellent facilitator. aloha rick

  2. I loved it immensely , so many poems resonated well and it was relaxed and a beautiful way to share the love of poetry we all have across the world. I am just a beginner on this journey and it was inspiring – I loved Rick’s Haiku amongst them – Thankyou Charlotte for your encouragement and I learnt a lot – I’m going to explore these Japanese forms they are beautiful poetic styles ,Ruth

  3. donnabauerly says:

    Wow! So you, Charlotte, to gather those who love haiku.
    You are encouragement personified.
    Thank you always.

  4. Ruth Holzer says:

    Hi Charlotte,

    Thank you for hosting this afternoon of inspiring poetry. It was lovely to meet so many talented poets and hear them read.


  5. Matus Niznansky says:

    Thank you so much for the opportunity to share my haiku with you all. You made my day (night 😀) beautiful and very special. Wish you all the best 🙂🤓!

  6. Michael Henry Lee says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to share some poems and hear all the other great voices! Are you hosting a work shop this Saturday and if so might i attend and if so how?

  7. says:

    Dear Charlotte, Thanks for the great experience of hearing other poets read and getting to read myself. I truly enjoyed your lovely public library program, especially since I was a library director myself in professional life before retiring.   I appreciate your gift to open mic readers. How generous of you to post one of our poems on your blog!  I selected one of the five haiku that I read for posting on your blog.  I’d be proud for this haiku to appear, the first one I read:

    Read at Charlotte DiGregorio’s Poetry Open Mic. 7-25-21

    autumn snow

    branches sagging

    with ghost fruit

    (First published in Blo͞o Outlier Journal: December 24, 2020)  I enjoy reading the poems and haiku you post on your Blog. I’m glad to be represented there among such rich company.   The open mic was fun.   And I’m looking forward to attending your upcoming two haiku programs in the Fall.  I’ve enjoyed the two of your programs that I attended this year, learned something each time and look forward to learning more.

    Best wishes for enjoying the rest of summer! Warmly,Ingrid Ingrid Bruck Pequea PA


    I went into your blog Archives to check out the four haiku of mine previously published because I wanted to see if there was something I read that you hadn’t rejected for submission previously.  I don’t know if you retrospectively correct spacing issues, but I discovered that there’s a spacing problem with this haiku:


    the silence


    (First Published in The Heron’s Nest:  March 1, 2021)

    • Thanks for writing, Ingrid. I will respond by email because it’s more expedient. I am sorry about spacing, but I can’t control this. It’s the way WordPress sometimes does things. I don’t do the spacing that way, and I don’t know what causes it. Thanks for your comments.

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