Nick Virgilio: A Haiku Poet for our Time

July 25th, 2018

By Emma Rawley If you’re like most people, then haiku is not something you’re familiar with beyond high school English class. The form itself isn’t very complicated: only three lines with 17 syllables and no set meter or rhyme scheme. Though they are not as complex as Shakespeare’s sonnets or Milton’s Paradise Lost, these short […]

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24th Anniversary of Nick Virgilio’s death

June 27th, 2013

On Sunday, June 30th, a crowd of family, friends and admirers will gather together at Harleigh Cemetery in Camden, NJ, to mark the 24th anniversary of Nick Virgilio’s death. A pioneer of haiku poetry, Virgilio wrote about family and those he loved, nature, and life on the streets of his hometown. He touched thousands of […]

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Haiku Writing Workshop & Virgilio Film

June 25th, 2013

A few places are still open in the haiku writing workshop & Nick Virgilio film screening that I will be offering on Saturday, June 29,  from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Manayunk-Roxborough Arts Center in Philadelphia. The cost of the day’s activities is $35, including lunch. Created around the theme of “The Art […]

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SRO Crowd for Nick Virgilio Film

February 27th, 2013

A standing-room-only crowd of about 40 people turned out for our recent screening of the Sean Dougherty film, remembering Nick Virgilio at the Big Blue Marble bookstore in the Mt. Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia. The audience, many of whom are members of the local Mad Poets Society branch, started trickling in around 7 p.m. from […]

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Nick Virgilio Prints Now Available

December 13th, 2012

I’m excited to let folks know about some new fine art prints that TLP now has to offer. On numerous trips to Camden, N.J., to work on the new Turtle Light Press book, Nick Virgilio: A Life in Haiku, I snapped photos of the area and now have turned them into digital paintings, each one […]

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Don’t Miss This Screening…Coming Events!

September 20th, 2012

You won’t want to miss it! Please join us for a screening of the poignant documentary remembering Nick Virgilio… by Sean Dougherty at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 7 at Robin’s Bookstore/Moonstone Arts Gallery in Philadelphia. We will have a special reading of sections of the new Virgilio book, Nick Virgilio: A Life in Haiku, […]

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A City Slicker Poet-Artist-Musician

September 7th, 2012

Just this week a terrific feature came out about Nick Virgilio in A Hundred Gourds by Kathleen O’Toole in which she discusses the forces that led Virgilio to haiku as well as his influence upon the haiku community and our perception of haiku today. Here are some short  excerpts: “When Nick Virgilio discovered a copy […]

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