I couldn't get Jennifer's photo below placed into her bio as it should be. I know you'll put it where it belongs.
Please add these to the credits at the bottom of GARDEN.  [In blue just for you]

35 photographs: © 2009 Jennifer Virgil Gurchinoff photography. All Rights Reserved.  Reproduction in any form is strictly prohibited.

1 photograph, "Frog," © 2009 Chad Gurchinoff .  All Rights Reserved. Reproduction in any form is strictly prohibited.

Photograph of Jennifer Virgil Gurchinoff  © 2009 by Richard Gurchinoff.  All rights Reserved.  Reproduction in any form is strictly prohibited.


This collaboration features the work of poet-mom Anita Virgil and photographer-daughter Jennifer Virgil Gurchinoff.

Anita Virgil lives in Forest, Virginia. She is a past president of the Haiku Society of America. She was a member of the three-person HSA Committee on Definitions which included Harold G. Henderson and William J. Higginson. As a member of the Book Committee for A Haiku Path (HSA, Inc. 1994), she edited the two chapters on Definitions.

Books: A 2nd Flake (1974), ONE POTATO TWO POTATO ETC (1991, Peaks Press), on my mind, an Interview of Anita Virgil by Vincent Tripi (3rd edition, Press Here, 1993), Pilot (1996, Peaks Press), A Long Year (2002, Peaks Press), and summer thunder (2004, Peaks Press).

Her poetry and essays and book reviews have appeared in all major haiku magazines and anthologies for 35 years. Most recently, she appears in the anthologies Where Dogs Dream (2003, MQP London), Haiku for Lovers (2003, MQP London), Haiku (2003, Alfred A. Knopf Everyman's Library edition),  Haiku Mind  Patrician Donegan (2008, Shambhala Publications, Inc.). Poems and essays have also appeared on the Internet and in magazines in Yugoslavia, Croatia, Slovenia, Russia and Serbia/Montenegro.

In 2007 she wrote a blog on Andy Virgil, her first husband, for Today's Inspiration, an immensely popular blog initiated by Leif Peng that is devoted to illustration and commercial art.  In 2009 she was requested to be guest-editor for another artist who was a friend of Andy's.  That has just been completed and is in the process of being produced.  It will appear soon.  

Of her work, Anita writes: I always had and still have a single goal for haiku: that it be poetry, that it sit comfortably in its uniqueness amid the literature of the world. There is no reason for it not to since the best artists speak "to our capacity for delight and wonder, to the sense of mystery surrounding our lives: to our sense of pity, and beauty, and pain." *

* Nigger of the Narcissus by Joseph Conrad


Jennifer Virgil Gurchinoff is a freelance photographer in Forest, Virginia. She holds an AS degree in photography and is an active member in the Blue Ridge Photographic Arts Society.

 Her work has hung in several shows sponsored by the Blue Ridge Photographic Arts Society and a recent national juried show .

Of her approach to photography, she writes: "I look for and see the unusual in the usual—exploring different angles and aspects of ordinary things."

Persons wishing to obtain a print of any of Jennifer's photographs can contact Jennifer by email: