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Charlotte Digregorio

Charlotte Digregorio

Born: in Portland Oregon, USA
Resides: Winnetka, Illinois, USA
E-mail: c-books (at) hotmail (dot) com

Charlotte Digregorio is the author of seven books including her latest, Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing, a timely poetry/reference book during our global challenges. It inspires readers to write as a healing exercise. Her other titles include her classic instructional book, Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All, and a haiku/senryu collection, Shadows of Seasons. She does haiku/haiga exhibits 365 days a year at libraries, galleries, corporate buildings, convention centers, park districts, and hospitals, among many venues. She organizes national poetry conferences; speaks/gives workshops at writers' organizations/ libraries/ chain bookstores; is a writer-in-residence at universities; does numerous poetry readings; writes a poetry column for Winnetka Living, a glossy lifestyle magazine; teaches poetry in the public schools; translates poetry books from the Romance Languages into English; and judges national writing contests. She hosted a radio poetry program on public broadcasting, and has published more than 500 poems in fourteen forms. Her longtime blog Charlotte Digregorio's Writer's Blog includes “The Daily Haiku,” featuring global poets. She was an Executive Officer of the Haiku Society of America for many years. She holds graduate degrees in Italian/French Literatures from The University of Chicago, and has taught languages/writing at universities for decades.

Awards and Other Honors:

Official Commendation in 2018 by the Governor of Illinois for her lifelong achievements in the literary arts, and her work to promote the field. Recipient of fifty-six international poetry awards, writing in fourteen forms, and a nomination for a Pushcart Prize. Selected for International Authors and Writers Who's Who (Cambridge, England, 1995) and Who's Who in Writers, Editors and Poets U.S. & Canada, 1991. Many of her books are adopted as supplemental texts at universities; have been "Featured Selections" by Writer's Digest Book Club; and have also been acclaimed abroad for their excellence in instruction, by, for example, The Higher Education Commission in Pakistan.

Books Published:

Selected Work
 
walking 
through darkness . . . 
trillium
 
after confession . . . 
my neighbor burns leaves
in autumn's chill
 
 
 
after his funeral . . . 
his walking stick rests
beside the door
 
wooded hills . . . 
the evening downpour
fogs distant city lights
 
 
 
in the red wagon
my brother and i bring home
our stiff cat
 
pruning
the bonsai . . .
my knotty life
 
 

Credits:

"walking"―Asahi Haikuist Network, Oct. 7-8, 2006; "after confession"―Modern Haiku, Vol. 28:1, 1997; "after his funeral"―Modern Haiku, 33:2, Summer 2002; "wooded hills"―Modern Haiku, Vol. 27:2, 1996; "in the red wagon"―Frogpond, Vol. 42:2, Spring/Summer 2019; "pruning"―Frogpond, Vol. 34:1, Winter 2011.

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