Charlotte Antonia Digregorio
Pen Name: None
Born: 1953 in Portland, OR
Currently, I live in Winnetka. I have lived in Chicago, Geneva, and Sycamore. I attended The University of Chicago and received a master's in Romance Languages and Literatures. I was a Lifestyle Editor at The Daily Chronicle in DeKalb from 1980-1982.
Biographical and Professional Information
I am the author of five books, including three on the subject of writing to get published: Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All; You Can Be A Columnist: Writing & Selling Your Way to Prestige; and Beginners' Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features: A Simple Course in Freelancing for Newspapers/Magazines. The latter two books have been Featured Selections of Writer's Digest Book Club, and have been widely adopted as supplemental texts by universities throughout the U.S., Canada, Pakistan, India, and Catalonia.
Two other titles are: Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Homes: The Family's Comprehensive Guide to Either Working With The Institution Or Finding Care Alternatives, and Your Original Personal Ad: The Complete Guide to Expressing Your Unique Sentiments to Find Your Dream Person. The former has also been adopted as a supplemental text at universities throughout the U.S.
My five books are sold in 41 countries, and are displayed in major metropolitan venues including cultural centers. My books have been reviewed, recommended, and praised by hundreds of reviewers, associations, librarians, and professors. I am regularly interviewed by major print and radio and television organizations throughout the U.S. I have signed books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores. I have been 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 US./Canada."
Also a widely published poet, I was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2011. I have won 28 poetry awards and am an internationally-published free verse, cinquains, acrostic, sestina, haiku, senryu, and tanka poet. With more than 300 poems published in journals and anthologies, my poetry has been translated into many foreign languages including Japanese, Turkish, Polish, Russian, and French. I have done poetry readings at a variety of bookstores, libraries, and art galleries. My poetry has been displayed on public transit, at supermarkets, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, and restaurants. I have been interviewed on cable television about my poetry, and have also read my poetry on air. I hosted my own radio program, "Poetry Beat," on Oregon Public Broadcasting. My poetry has been featured on many library websites, such as that of Shreve Memorial Library in Louisiana. It has been displayed at many university libraries such as Mann Library at Cornell University. I often give poetry lectures and workshops at schools, libraries, and to literary organizations and have also judged poetry competitions. I am currently the Midwest Regional Coordinator of the Haiku Society of America.
In all, I have been a writer and teacher of languages and writing for 35 years. My writing career includes positions as a staff journalist--reporter, columnist, and editor at daily newspapers. I held such positions as Lifestyle Editor of The Daily Chronicle in DeKalb. I was also Founding Editor of Forest World Magazine. I have also been a freelance writer for dozens of general-interest and trade magazines. I have worked as a public relations and marketing consultant, in addition to having been Public Relations Director of The World Forestry Center. I have been on the faculties of universities and community colleges teaching languages and writing, including that of Portland State University.
Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All, Artful Communications Press, 2014
Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Homes, Civetta Press, 2005
Your Original Personal Ad, Civetta Press, 1995
You Can Be A Columnist, Civetta Press, 1993
Beginners' Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features, Civetta Press, 1990
Titles for Purchase and at Your Library
Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All
Release Date: 2014-04-01
Your Original Personal Ad: The Complete Guide to Expressing Your Unique Sentiments to Find Your Dream Person
Release Date: 1995-02-01
Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances
Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)
I am available to speak at schools and colleges, libraries, and to business and professional groups, non-profit organizations, and women's clubs. For example, I have signed books and given non-fiction writing/poetry workshops and lectures at libraries.
I often speak on writing to get published, business communications, and media relations. I have spoken to Kiwanis Clubs on public relations/marketing communications.
I have been a workshop leader and panelist at writers' conferences throughout the U.S. and at literary festivals. I have spoken on a variety of topics, such as how to launch a writing career and how to break into freelance writing.
I have spoken to chapters of organizations, such as the American Association of University Women and college alumni associations on authorship and also on cultivating creativity. I have also spoken at Lunch and Learn Series at community colleges on the latter topic.
I give haiku workshops and lectures at schools and libraries.
I can be reached by email at: email@example.com.
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