Charlotte Digregorio, AM'79 - Featured CWA Member

Meet Charlotte Digregorio, CWA member and author of haiku poetry

Charlotte Digregorio received her A.M. in Romance Languages and Literatures (’79). She is the author of five books, including Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All, (published in 2014); You Can Be A Columnist; and Beginners' Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features. The latter two were Featured Selections of Writer's Digest Book Club. They were widely adopted as supplemental texts by universities throughout the U.S., Canada, Pakistan, and India.

Charlotte also published: Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Homes: The Family's Comprehensive Guide to Either Working With The Institution or Finding Care Alternatives. It was also adopted as a text. Her book, Your Original Personal Ad, was published in 1995. Her books are sold in forty-one countries, and she does signings at bookstores and libraries.

Charlotte was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in Poetry in 2011. She has won thirty-one poetry awards. With more than three hundred poems published, her work has been translated into six languages. She regularly gives readings at bookstores, libraries, and art galleries.

Her poetry has been displayed at university and public libraries, on public transit, at supermarkets, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, and restaurants. She hosted her own radio program, "Poetry Beat," on public broadcasting.

Currently, Charlotte gives poetry lectures and workshops at colleges, libraries, and to literary organizations and public school students. She has judged many national poetry competitions. She is the Midwest Regional Coordinator of the Haiku Society of America and publishes papers in journals. She is a writer-in-residence at universities and speaks at national writer’s conferences.

Charlotte was on college/university faculties for twenty-six years teaching languages and writing. Prior to her graduate studies, she held positions as a reporter, columnist, and editor at daily newspapers and magazines. Further, she worked as a public relations consultant and a public relations director of a non-profit organization. She blogs at

Here are some samples of Charlotte's haiku:

wooded hills...
the evening downpour
fogs distant city lights

into winter
homeless man's words

advancing age...
pine needles in the forest
soften the path

i scatter
his life

Capturing Life's Moments: The Ancient Art of Haiku and Senryu Haiku and Senryu capture nature and human nature in a few evocative lines of poetry. On Sunday, November 9, 2014 Charlotte will lead a discussion on these two forms of poetry at the Glenview, IL public library. Click here for more information and to register. Let's come out and support our sister member.