Nick Virgilio

Camden's Haiku Poet


out of the water . . . 

out of itself.
Nicholas A. Virgilio

Nicholas Anthony Virgilio was born in Camden, NJ, on June 28, 1928.  Before becoming widely known as a poet, "Nickaphonic Nick" worked with Philadelphia's Jerry Blavat as a disc jockey.  Following a devastating love affair in Texas, he turned to poetry, a field in which he became internationaly recognized.  He was a member of Camden's Sacred Heart Church and helped to found the Walt Whitman Center for the Arts and Humanities (now the Walt Whitman Arts Center).  He died on January 3, 1989 and is buried at Harleigh Cemetery in Camden.

Nick Virgilio Haiku Association
Nick Virgilio Poetry Project at Rutgers - Camden.

Featured Poet: Nicholas A. Virgilio (Simply Haiku, Spring 2009)
Lori Ade on Nicholas Virgilio (Global Haiku Tradition, Millikin University, Summer 2004 )

Nick Virgilio (Wikipedia)
Nick Virgilio (1928-1989) (Sacred Heart Church, Camden, NJ)
Nick Virgilio Remembered (YouTube
Nick Virgilio's Haiku (Terebess Asia Online)
Nick Virgilio's Obituary (New York Times, January 5, 1989)
On Western Haiku (Cor van den Heuvel, 2002)

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Updated February 17, 2013