Rick Black- Owner & Founder

A book artist, poet and photographer, Rick has a hand in every aspect of Turtle Light Press from editing manuscripts to taking photos, from designing covers to marketing, and from doing workshops to meeting with customers.He just recently was named the 2019 Isaac Anolic Jewish Book Arts winner.

His poetry collection, Star of David, won Poetica Magazine‘s 2012 Chapbook Contest and was named one of the best poetry books of the year by Split This Rock. Black was also named poet-of-the-month for April 2012 by Cornell University’s Mann Library. A recording of Rick’s reading of Star of David in the Hebraic section of the Library of Congress is now online.

Born and brought up in Bergenfield, New Jersey, Rick equally loves the book arts and poetry. He has studied various facets of bookbinding with Maria Pisano, Susan Mills, Carolyn Chadwick, Yukari Hayashida, and Carol Barton, among others. In 2003, he was awarded one of eight emerging writer awards to attend an intensive Letterpress Printing Seminar at The Center For Book Arts in New York. He has participated in national book arts and fine art exhibitions.

For more than twenty years, he was a professional journalist, including a three-year stint in the Jerusalem bureau of The New York Times. He also freelanced for numerous national newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, The Jerusalem Post, The Forward, Archeology, Cicada, and Cricket. Rick offers a few talks and workshops for university libraries and classes, synagogues and JCCs.

Rick has garnered several other awards for his poetry, including first prize in the James W. Hackett Award, sponsored by The British Haiku Society and third prize in the Betty Drevniok Competition, sponsored by Haiku Canada. His haiku have appeared in The Heron’s Nest, Frogpond, Cricket, RawNervz, Blithe Spirit, Still, and other journals. Longer works and Hebrew translations have appeared Atlanta Review, US 1 Worksheets, Midstream and other publications.

When he’s not working at TLP, he spends time with his wife, Laura, and their daughter, gardening and reading in their home in Arlington, Virginia. He is a member of the Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Hyattsville, MD, the DC-Area Literary Translators Network, the College Book Arts Association and the Washington Rare Books Group.

Interview with Rick Black, turtle light press publisher

TLP founder Rick Black discusses the connection between poetry and art, beauty and solace in an interview on Charlotte DiGregorio’s Writer’s Blog.

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