Charlotte DigregorioCharlotte Digregorio

Charlotte Digregorio authored seven books that are book club selections and adoptions as supplemental university texts. She was honored by Illinois’ Governor for her lifelong literary achievements. Her book, “Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing,” encourages writing as a healing exercise with essays/prose passages. It provides resources for publishing/promoting one’s poetry. Her classic is Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All. Her haiku collection is Shadows of Seasons. Writing 14 poetic forms, she’s won 56 awards, and was nominated for a Pushcart. She translates poetry from Romance Languages into English. Libraries, hospitals, corporate centers, galleries, and park districts feature her haiga show. She organizes national writers’ conferences; speaks at writers’ organizations/ libraries/chain bookstores; is a university writer-in-residence; teaches haiku in public schools; and judges national writers’ contests. Digregorio hosted a poetry program on public broadcasting, was a Haiku Society of America executive officer, and writes a poetry column for “Winnetka Living” magazine. She blogs about general writing, posting The Daily Haiku from global poets (

Hear the poet read a selection of her haiku.




moonlit sky . . .
following his footprints
in sand

Modern Haiku, Vol. 45:3, Autumn 2014


election day . . .
voters brave the winds
of pollsters

Modern Haiku, Vol. 46:1, Winter 2015


at the thrift shop
a young man tries on
my father’s shoes

bottle rockets, #32, February 2015


Mother’s last breath . . .
my dog leaves us

Frogpond, 38:2, Spring/Summer 2015


after his death
the doghouse empty
by starlight

Acorn, No. 36, Spring 2016


my old mother tends daisies
telling stories about
my childhood

bottle rockets, #36, February 2017

night of his death . . .
one star dims
for each dream

Asahi Haikuist Network, Sept. 2, 2016


road between cornfields . . .
old amish couple’s buggy
long into sunset

Second Place, Traditional Haiku Category
Illinois State Poetry Society Annual Contest, 2017


from the open window
woodpecker . . .
punctuates my haiku

First Place, Modern Haiku Category
Illinois State Poetry Society Annual Contest, 2017


spring again . . .
awakening to the hum
of a tractor

First Place, Haiku Category
Illinois State Poetry Society Annual Contest, 2015