The Nick Virgilio Haiku Association is proud to announce the Grand Opening weekend of the Nick Virgilio Writers House on April 28th and 29th!

More information about the Grand Opening can be found on our event page or Facebook.


The Nick Virgilio Haiku Association is proud to open the doors to our new center for writers of all ages, honoring Camden’s own Nick Virgilio, world renowned haiku poet. The Writers House will serve as a community space and provide educational programs to support literacy, creative writing, and self-expression through the writing of haiku and other verse forms.  

For over a decade, the Nick Virgilio Haiku Association has been searching for a permanent space to continuously offer educational programs, host events, and nurture poets of all ages and backgrounds. After nearly eight years of development, the Nick Virgilio Writers House is open to the public. 

A view of the renovated Nick Virgilio Writers House as seen from Jasper Street. 

 

Grand Opening Weekend Information

April 28th Poets' Preview Day, doors open at 2 pm

  • Open Mic: Local guests and nationally and internationally known poets are joining to read their poems and fill the house with poetic inspiration. Hear poets from  Haiku Society of America and Haiku North America, as well as local poets from Brigid’s house, Camden Pizza and Poetry and other local poetry organizations will also be reading a selection of their work. Tanka poet Mariko Kitakubo is coming from Japan to share poems of peace. Well-known haiku and senryu poet Al Pizzarelli – author of 12 books of poetry - will also be reading.
  • Screening of two films: “Remembering Nick Virgilio”, by documentary film maker Sean Dougherty and “Nick of Time...Nick of Time”, a film of the play by playwright Joseph M. Paprzycki
  • Tours of the Writers House

 

April 29th Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting at 1 pm, doors open following the ceremony

  • The Ribbon Cutting: Mayor Francisco Moran, Representatives of the City of Camden and Helene Pierson, who as former Executive Director, Heart of Camden Housing and Community Development Corp, fueled the economic development of Waterfront South
  • Blessing of the House: Monsignor Michael Doyle of Sacred Heart Church
  • Japanese tanka poet Mariko Kitakubo will perform poems of peace with musical accompaniment.

  • Haiku writing workshops

  • Origami workshop by Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia
  •  Ikebana (the Japanese art of flower arranging) on display  
  • House tours, refreshments, workshops and activities for all ages (children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Sharing our mission: Discussion of what the Writers House will mean to the community and plans to benefit the neighborhood, area students, writers and poets
  • Showcase: Reading selections of Nick Virgilio's haiku
  • Open Mic: Sharing your poems
  • Screening of two films: “Remembering Nick Virgilio”, by documentary film maker Sean Dougherty and “Nick of Time...Nick of Time”, a film of the play by playwright Joseph M. Paprzycki
  • Celebration in gratitude for our new beginning: Planting of a cherry tree in the garden

Future Programs:

Writing Workshops specifically for children, adults, haiku, and other verse poetry.

Lecture Series: Writers discussing their works and writing process

Film Screenings and Panel Discussions

More programming information will be updated soon!

Please visit our Facebook page or Calendar page to receive the latest programming updates when they are available.

Location

1801 Broad Street, at Broadway and Ferry Avenue adjacent to Sacred Heart Church.

Parking Information

Some street parking is available along Broadway, Ferry Avenue, and Jasper Avenue.

Additional parking is available at 1645 Ferry Avenue (Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority Building), two blocks from the Writers House. 

Hours

After the Grand Opening on April 29, the Writers House will be open for a variety of monthly programs.

Please visit our Facebook page or Calendar page to receive the latest programming updates when they are available.


The Renovation of the Nick Virgilio Writers House

The future Writers House, located at 1801  Broadway, had been vacant and boarded up since the 1970s. In 2010, the Heart of Camden, with the urging of Monsignor Michael Doyle of Sacred Heart Church, acquired the property with the intention of transforming it into the Nick Virgilio Writers House. As seen in the gallery below, plenty of work and fundraising was required to get the building into a functional condition. The renovated Writers House has interior areas for writing, presentations, and a small kitchen. The yard of the building has been transformed into a relaxing garden area filled with a variety of plants and a fountain to inspire visitors.  


Thank You to Our Sponsors and Supporters

The Nick Virgilio Haiku Association would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of the Writers House. Their contributions have made this community space possible.