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Jun 02 2018

Writing Artful Senryu

Charlotte Digregorio of Winnetka, IL, author of six award-winning books, including Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All, and a haiku collection, will give a workshop and do a reading at the annual gathering of the Haiku Circle, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 2 at 152 Mount Herman Station Rd. in Northfield, MA.

Digregorio will speak on “Writing Artful Senryu,” the latter being a poetic form, in the style of haiku, though written with themes about human nature, human struggles, and weaknesses. The form originated in Japan in the 1700s and is now written  worldwide in about 56 languages.

Her workshop description follows:

It often seems that excellently-crafted poetry is more commonly found among published haiku than senryu. We’ll briefly consider senryu’s history and discuss what notable authors have said about the significance of making a distinction between the two forms. Then we will delve into what triggers our observational skills, imaginations, memories, and psychological insights/associations in writing artful senryu. We’ll discuss several literary techniques that will enrich your humorous and serious senryu, leaving a lasting impression on readers. Among them: use of inanimate objects, hyperbole, irony, satire, wit, puns, parody, tone/mood, sound, and line breaks. In reviewing many masterful senryu, become inspired to write them with flair, allowing your imaginations to wander and wonder!

Digregorio writes twelve poetic forms, has won forty-six poetry awards, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  Recently, she received an official commendation from Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner for her achievements as an author, educator, and speaker nationally and internationally. Her poems are translated into eight languages; she translates poetry books from Italian into English; and her traveling haiga (haiku/art) show is at libraries, hospitals, corporate centers, and restaurants, among several venues. Four of her reference books have been adopted as supplemental texts and are featured selections of book clubs.  She gives workshops at national writer's conferences; is a writer-in-residence at universities; teaches haiku in public schools; judges national writers’ contests; and speaks at libraries/chain bookstores. Digregorio hosted a radio poetry program, and was an executive officer of the Haiku Society of America. She is an Ambassador of The Haiku Foundation. She blogs about writing for publication and poetry, and posts The Daily Haiku from global poets at www.charlottedigregorio.wordpress.com.  Digregorio taught languages and writing at universities, and holds graduate degrees from The University of Chicago.

Admission fee: $50.00
Haiku Circle
152 Mount Herman Station Rd.
01360 Northfield, Massachusetts
Apr 29 2018


Amy Plettner’s poetry has been published in a variety of anthologies and journals, most recently burntdistrict, Rattle, Prairie Wind, and Undoing Orion’s Belt. Amy received an MFA from the University of Nebraska. Her poetry can be heard, live, once a month on KZUM. Amy and Marge Saiser have been writing together for fifteen years and both of their work appears in 2018’s The Woman in the Moon, published by The Backwaters Press, Omaha, in 2018. Her website is poetmarge.com

Free admission (donations welcome).

Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center
11700 SW 100th St
68339 Denton, Nebraska
May 03 2018

Watch Your Tone: A Reading

Witness the work of participants in Nathan McClain's workshop “Watch Your Tone” as they share new poems, both playful and serious. Free and open to the public. Potluck refreshments served.

6:30pm to 8:30pm
Cave Canem
20 Jay Street
Suite #310-A
11201 Brooklyn, New York
May 03 2018

Watch Your Tone: A Reading

Witness the work of participants in Nathan McClain‘s workshop “Watch Your Tone” as they share new poems, both playful and serious. Free and open to the public. Potluck refreshments served.

Cave Canem
20 Jay Street, Suite #310-A
11201 Brooklyn, New York
Apr 28 2018

Urban Word NYC: The National Youth Poet Laureate Commencement Performance & Announcement

The National Youth Poet Laureate Competition is an initiative of Urban Word, in collaboration with local youth literary arts organizations across the country. Our program identifies powerful youth poets that have a history of artistic success, civic and community engagement, social justice, and youth leadership. 
Urban Word will present our 2018 National Youth Poet Laureate Ambassadors and announce our second National Youth Poet Laureate. We will see performances from 201 National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman and the national finalist from Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City and Nashville.
This event has limited seats, and you must RSVP in advance. To RSVP please email [email protected].
Federal Hall
5 West 19th St, 3rd Floor
10011 NewYork, New York


The tires on my bike are flat.
The sky is grouchy gray.
At least it sure feels like that
Since Hanna moved away.

Chocolate ice cream tastes like prunes.
December's come to stay.
They've taken back the Mays and Junes
Since Hanna moved away.

Flowers smell like halibut.
Velvet feels like hay.
Every handsome dog's

                        I don't know how to say how I feel politely, or poetically, or without the jugular and collapse of the immediate heart, so tonight, I won't say anything at all. Just stare out the window at our stunned little writhe. Hold back the strongest


O Autumn, Autumn! O pensive light
     and wistful sound!
Gold-haunted sky, green-haunted ground!

When, wan, the dead leaves flutter by
     Deserted realms of butterfly!
When robins band themselves together

     To seek the sound of sun-steeped weather;
And all of summer’s