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.

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.