Diary of a Small Press

On running a small press, bookmaking, poetry, digital photography, and trying to stay sane in this increasingly hectic world…

Grolier Poetry Book Shop Reading

June 16th, 2014

Rick Black will be reading at Grolier Poetry Book Shop in Cambridge, Mass, this Saturday evening, June 21st, at 6:30 p.m. It will be a combined program with David McCann, who will feature some of his own sijo — a Korean short verse form. We will both read from a selection of TLP books featuring […]

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New Falls Church and Arlington Photos

April 30th, 2014

On Friday, May 2nd, Rick’s photo paintings of Falls Church and Arlington, VA will be featured at the Stifel & Capra Gallery in downtown Falls Church. It’s all part of the First Friday festivities. As the featured artist, Rick will have a full panoply of shots of these small towns for people to enjoy. For […]

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Star of David by Rick Black

April 29th, 2014

In November 2013, Rick had the honor of reading his award-winning, new poetry collection Star of David in the Hebraic Division of the Library of Congress. Winner of the 2012 Poetica Magazine poetry chapbook contest, Star of David contains a total of 20 poems that grapple with being Jewish today in both America and Israel. […]

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Just Released…The Window That Closes

April 29th, 2014

It’s hard to convey the emotional power of Graham High’s new book, The Window That Closes, which follows his time together with his mother over the last year of her life. Says Fereshteh Sholevar Herrman, a Philadelphia-area reader: “I couldn’t put it down until the last page. I must admit that I cried at the […]

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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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Anna Akhmatova: Poetry and Solace

November 27th, 2012

As Osip Mandelstam said, “great poetry is often a response to total disaster.” This morning, my daughter arose early at 5:30 a.m. because she incorrectly set her alarm clock. Instead of going back to bed, she tiptoed downstairs to read the fifth book of Harry Potter. I decided to get up myself, shave and read […]

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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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