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 (Due 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). Poems and essays have also
appeared on the Internet and in magazines in Yugoslavia, Croatia, Slovenia,
Russia and Serbia/Montenegro.
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."*
Jennifer V. Gurchinoff
* from Nigger of
the Narcissus by Joseph Conrad.