Charlotte Digregorio was honored by the Governor of her state in 2018 for her decades of accomplishments in the literary arts, and her work to promote and advance the field by educating adults and students alike. Through her workshops, she has mentored hundreds of people who have become authors. She is the author of seven books including: Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing; 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. She is also the author of a poetry collection, Shadows of Seasons: Selected Haiku and Senryu by Charlotte Digregorio that is now available in The Appendices of Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All.
Her latest book, Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing, isn’t just a collection of her award-winning poems of many forms, but an inspirational book that inspires non-poets and experienced poets to write as a healing exercise, just like people do journaling to heal. It has essays and prose passages on poetry and multiple resource lists that offer ideas on where to get published; teaching/speaking ideas; contest ideas; ideas for getting interviewed by the media; and poetry readings and exhibit ideas. It also contains an exhaustive bibliography of poetry books and anthologies with healing poems.
Many of her books have been adopted as supplemental texts at universities throughout the U.S., Canada, India, Pakistan, and Catalonia. They are sold in 46 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.
Two of her books have been Featured Selections of Writer’s Digest Book Club. She is regularly interviewed by major print, radio, and television organizations throughout the U.S. She signs books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores, and does poetry readings at art centers, cafes, tea houses, and galleries.
She was recently nominated for two Pushcart Prizes. She has won fifty-nine poetry awards, writing fourteen poetic forms. Her poetry has been translated into eight languages. She does illustrated solo poetry exhibits 365 days a year in libraries, galleries, corporate buildings, hospitals, convention centers, park districts, and other venues. Her individual poems have been displayed at supermarkets, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, restaurants, and on public transit. She writes a poetry column for Winnetka Kenilworth Living, a lifestyle magazine. Her passion is to promote poetry any way she can.
She was 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.” She hosted her own radio program, “Poetry Beat,” on public broadcasting. Her poetry has been featured on several library web sites including those of Shreve Memorial Library in Louisiana and Cornell University’s Mann Library.
Her background includes positions as a feature editor and columnist at daily newspapers and as a magazine editor. She was a public relations director for a non-profit organization. She is currently 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, she has been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing.
She 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. She has been a writer-in-residence at universities.
There have been about 400 articles written about her in the media. She has served on the Boards of writers’ organizations. Her recent positions were as Midwest Regional Coordinator of The Haiku Society of America, and subsequently, as its Second Vice President.