2012 Haiku Events to Inspire Poets to Publish

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Charlotte Digregorio's Writer's Blog

For those living in the Midwest or those who are planning a trip there in April, June, or July, you may want to attend some haiku events that I will be speaking at.

First, on Saturday, April 28, there is Haikufest at the Skokie Public Library in Skokie, IL, a suburb of Chicago. It is from 2  to 3:30 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

In June, I will be doing a workshop sponsored by the Northwest Cultural Council, Saturday, the 9th, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Palatine Public Library,  in  Palatine, IL (suburban Chicago).

And, from Friday through Sunday, July 20-22, there will be The Cradle Festival in Mineral Point, WI, a small town about  45 minutes west of Madison.

Below, is the press release I have written about Haikufest on April 28:

Haikufest, a celebration of this short, poetic form, will be held from…

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About fiercebuddhist

Welcome. I am happy that our paths have crossed. Here you will find various poems, articles and photography. I hope that you enjoy them and visit often. I am currently working on writing “A Haiku A Day” so that I can, perhaps, have enough good ones for publication. If you are wondering what a “Fierce Buddhist” the following declaration should clarify. The “Fierce” in FierceBuddhist I define as “an obligation to do what I can to benefit all sentient beings, not just those close to me or those I agree with. If I see something or someone that is hurting others I must step forward and do what I can to assist them.” In the Army and in the dojo I learned how to defend myself, family and country but that does not mean I endorse the use of force. Two nonviolent examples of Fierce Buddhists that come to mind are Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dalai Lama. While I do not claim be even close to them I can strive and so can you. Furthermore, my Buddhist name, given to me by Sensei Kubose, is Seiyo. His interpretation of my communication and interaction with him led him to this name. He told me Seiyo means “Fierce Sun.” The sun shines on everyone without prejudices without giving preferential treatment to anyone. This is tough to live up to, as you can imagine, but it sure sets the tone for my life. In Buddhism this is called a Fierce Bodhisattva. I am only on the path to Enlightenment and can only say to be a Fierce Buddhist.

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