Bio and Books


Charlotte Digregorio was honored by the Governor of Illinois 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 and tutoring, she has mentored hundreds of people who have become authors. She is the author of seven books including: Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing and Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All. The latter has launched the careers of thousands of haiku poets. Other books she’s authored are: 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 alike 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. and Canada, and even in far-flung countries such as 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 four Pushcart Prizes. She has won seventy-six poetry awards, writing sixteen poetic forms. Her poetry has been translated into nine 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 monthly lifestyle magazine, featuring the work of wonderful poets. 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 writing 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 more than 150 clients in dozens of states for the past several decades. In other professional areas, she has been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing.

She regularly gives 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 is 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 include Midwest Regional Coordinator of The Haiku Society of America, and subsequently, as its Second Vice President.

Contact Charlotte Digregorio by email at You may purchase autographed copies of her books directly from her with free shipping.


Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All

15 Responses to Bio and Books

  1. You mention that your books are sold all over, but don’t give any “Where to buy” directions. I’d suggest you put some links here, like to Amazon, Kobo, or other sellers. Or do the “Buy Here” thing with a PayPal link.

    • Thanks, Christine. The most obvious place is through Amazon, where even in foreign countries, buyers have had success in placing orders for them. I don’t link with a lot of the online sellers, though. And, you can even go direct through me, but if you’re in a foreign country, it costs more to go through me.

      • I checked out your name and book title on, but I guess you don’t have the “extended package” because they aren’t listed. I did find the book on, but was disappointed to learn it isn’t available as e-book.

      • Christine, buyers in Canada have gotten it from, but if you’re looking for an e-book, I’m sorry, but no e-book. In Canadian dollars, direct from me, the hard copy is $26.95.

  2. Gary Glasser says:

    Hi Charlotte, I just discovered your review of my Mom’s book. Thanks for the kind words. She died in 2007, but her legacy in the contest and writing world live on. I see people have increased the value of her books, if one can believe the internet hype. I could reap some cash from the stacks she left in my closet, I guess. She would be pleased to kmnoe her teachings are valued.ggg

    • Thanks for writing, Gary! Selma was very talented, and brought a lot of delight to people who read her books and profited from them. May she rest in peace.

      • Juliet Savage says:

        Hi Charlotte and Gary, I see this thread is from 2016 but I am searching for a copy of Selma Glasser’s book at the moment, I too was rather shocked by how much some copies are listed for. I came across Charlotte’s site through looking for Civetta Press online and then randomly saw you (Gary) posted a comment about your Mum’s book and couldn’t believe the serendipity of coming across you online. Would either of you know of how I could possibly get a copy now? I would be so grateful for any help! Does Civetta press still exist? Many thanks, Juliet

      • Thanks for asking, Juliet. I still have a few new copies left of the book. You can contact me at

  3. Hi Charlotte, thank you v much for the Like on Ephraim M Epstein’s page! I Love your daily haiku, a joy-a-day. Thank you so much for your work in posting them.

  4. Thank you, Susan. I appreciate your taking the time to write, and I hope you’ll start writing haiku. And, good luck with your writing project! It’s very original.

  5. Hi Charlotte

    I just found your site. Thank you for doing this.
    Curious if I can get paperback versions of the last four books (not the how-to for beginning feature writers; have this feather in my cap already)
    I am going to have foot and knee surgery this month and would love nothing more than to peruse these books while convalescing. Strangely, they are all appropriate now!

    Do you publish and distribute other authors? If so, please send me the regulations.

    • Marie,
      Thanks for your inquiry. I am not publishing other authors at this time. All of the books are available from me. I ship free (by USPS media rate–the slow rate).
      You Can Be A Columnist is $13.95. Everything You Need to Know about Nursing Homes is $19.95. Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All is $19.95. Your Original Personal Ad is $13.95. If interested, please contact me at
      Thanks. Best of luck with your surgery. Charlotte

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  7. Marilyn Walker says:

    Hi, Charlotte,
    Congratulations on this well deserved recognition! You are indeed an inspiration to all of us!

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