Diary of a Small Press

On public art, hand bookmaking, poetry and trying to stay sane in this increasingly hectic world…

Furrows of Snow is Released

January 14th, 2020

ARLINGTON, VA—Turtle Light Press proudly announces the release of the winner of its fifth haiku chapbook competition, Furrows of Snow by Glenn G. Coats of Carolina Springs, North Carolina. The collection, which includes 29 haiku as well as black and white photos, guides us on a meditative journey down a handful of East Coast rivers. […]

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Black Wins Jewish Book Arts Award

November 20th, 2019

ARLINGTON, VA – Rick Black, a book artist, poet and director of Turtle Light Press, was named the winner of the 2019 Isaac Anolic Jewish Book Arts award. “The award panel was very impressed with all of Black’s artwork,” said Rita Rosen Poley, director and curator of the Temple Judea Museum in Elkins Park, Pa, […]

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2019 TLP Haiku Chapbook Contest Results

November 20th, 2019

ARLINGTON, VA – After a close competition, the winner of the fifth Turtle Light Press haiku chapbook competition is Glenn Coats’ Furrows of Snow, a magical collection of poems that interweaves a river’s qualities and his mother’s aging. “The poems in Furrows of Snow are essential, especially in these times when life seems so harried,” […]

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Haiga: A Successful Meeting of Image and Text

August 29th, 2019

By Emma Cortellessa In Japan and elsewhere, people have long sought out ways to combine images and text. The synergy between these two forms of expression, both visual and literary, often sharpens their impact and makes them more powerful. But the integration of words and images is not so easy—they must highlight and enhance each […]

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Amichai Windows Artist Talk

May 14th, 2019

On Sunday, May 19, 2019, Rick Black will be giving an artist talk, “The Amichai Windows”: A Morning of Poetry and Art” at the Highland Park Conservative Synagogue in Highland Park, NJ. To date, The Amichai Windows is in several major collections, including Yale University Library, the Rare Book Division of the Library of Congress […]

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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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Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair

February 28th, 2018

SPECIAL EVENT THIS WEEKEND! PYRAMID ATLANTIC BOOK ARTS FAIR – A weekend destination event for people passionate about books, poetry and book arts. Come visit our booth this weekend March 2 – 4 and check out the work of so many wonderful book artists. Pyramid Atlantic Art Center presents the 14th Biennial Book Arts Fair […]

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Amichai Windows Book Launch at Pyramid Atlantic

February 26th, 2018

Opening reception and panel discussion for the exhibition “A Light by the Window” at Pyramic Atlantic Art Center.

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A Light By The Window

February 8th, 2018

An exhibition opening and discussion of The Amichai Windows by artist Rick Black will be held from 1 – 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18th, at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Hyattsville, MD. A bilingual Hebrew/English artist book that was 10 years in the making, The Amichai Windows features 18 poems by renown Israeli poet […]

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The Amichai Windows – A Book for the Ages

January 23rd, 2018

ARLINGTON, VA – An homage to one of the greatest Hebrew-language poets, The Amichai Windows is a work of love and dedication. Rick Black, a book artist and poet, worked for the past 10 years to create a book that would last for the ages. The Amichai Windows, ​an exquisite bilingual artist book of Yehuda […]

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Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair

January 20th, 2018

ARLINGTON, VA – Looking for a place to meet people passionate about book arts? The place to be is the upcoming Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair in Hyattsville, MD. The fair is scheduled to run from Friday, March 2 until Sunday March 4. It will feature demonstrations, DC art tours, speakers, preview party, art raffle, […]

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Yale University Library Buys Amichai Windows

January 15th, 2018

ARLINGTON, VA — We are very glad to announce that Yale University Library has purchased the first copy of our limited edition artist book, The Amichai Windows. “The work is quite stunning and we are delighted to add it to our Yale Library collection,” said Nanette Stahl, the Joseph and Ceil Mazer Librarian for Judaic […]

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Open Studio

October 15th, 2017

OPEN STUDIO – Oct. 22, Sunday, noon – 5 p.m. You’re invited to drop in for an Open Studio on Sunday, Oct. 22, noon – 5 p.m. We will be part of the Westover Open Studio Weekend — more info at the FB page: https://www.facebook.com/westoverstudiotour/ Visitors will have a chance to try their hand at […]

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Chad Lee Robinson Wins HSA Award

November 16th, 2016

ARLINGTON, VA—Turtle Light Press is proud to announce that Chad Lee Robinson’s The Deep End of the Sky has won a 2016 Haiku Society of America Merit Book Award. Robinson’s book, which won the Turtle Light Press 2014 Haiku Chapbook Contest, took second place among all haiku books published in 2015. “I am more than […]

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Poet-in-Residence

July 7th, 2016

I’m honored to serve as poet-in-residence at an upcoming Jewish men’s club retreat in the Baltimore, MD area. It’s with the Seaboard Jewish Men’s Clubs in the Mid-Atlantic region.                                                 The theme […]

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