String Poet Presents
An Evening in Ireland:

The String Poet Studio Series 2014 Season has begun! Our opening event featured renowned Irish poet Micheal O’Siadhail, who made his first 2014 New York appearance at the Studio Series, and Scottish and Irish fiddler Calum Pasqua.  Long Island poet Gladys Henderson opened.

Micheal O'SiadhailMicheal O’Siadhail was born in 1947. He was educated at Clongowes Wood College, Trinity College Dublin, and the University of Oslo. A full-time writer, he has published ten collections of poetry. He was awarded an Irish American Cultural Institute prize for poetry in 1982 and in 1998 the Marten Toonder prize for Literature. His poem suites, The Naked Flame, Summerfest and Earlsfort Suite were commissioned and set to music for performance and broadcasting.
He has given poetry readings and broadcast extensively in Ireland, Britain, Europe and North America. In 1985 he was invited to give the Vernam Hull lecture at Harvard and the Trumbull Lecture at Yale University. He represented Ireland at the Poetry Society’s European Poetry Festival in London in 1981 and at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 1997. He was writer-in-residence at the Yeats Summer School in 1991.
He has been a lecturer at Trinity College Dublin and a professor at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. Among his many academic works are Learning Irish (Yale University Press 1988) and Modern Irish (Cambridge University Press 1989). He was a member of the Arts Council of the Republic of Ireland (1988-93) and of the Advisory Committee on Cultural Relations (1989 -97), a founder member of Aosdána (Academy of distinguished Irish artists) and a former editor of Poetry Ireland Review. He was the founding chairman of ILE (Ireland Literature Exchange).

Calum PasquaCalum Pasqua, a fiddler hailing originally from Brooklyn, NY has been playing the fiddle since the age of 6. Starting on Suzuki method and immediately moving to playing folk music for his Scottish born mother’s dance group, Calum honed his skills playing in the old tradition, for dancers. Calum grew up playing Celtic music, mostly Scottish highland pipe tunes on fiddle and pipes. With this tradition came opportunities to play in pubs in what is commonly called ‘seisun’ or session music. Calum has been very active in the New York City Irish session scene for the past 7 years. He can be heard in the busy Irish pubs of the Lower East Side performing with musicians such as fiddlers Tony DeMarco and Bernedette Fee, Riverdance famed piper Chis Layer, accordionist John Redmond, guitarists Eamon O’Leary, Dave Fahy and Alan Murray. Calum also was a performer at the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention which is an exhibition of the diverse fiddle styles of the world, mostly the North Atlantic region, from Denmark to Shetland to Prince Edward Island and everything in between. Calum has won many first-prize national and international fiddle competitions and released his first solo CD called “In Conversation” with famed pianist Susie Petrov. He has spent the last few summers absorbing the old tunes of the Donegal region while spending time with the great fiddling family, the charming and talented Campbell brothers, now in their latter 70s. Calum is also an educator and Orchestral Director at Hewlett Woodmere Schools where he conducts Chamber, String Ensemble and leads a class in music theory.

Gladys Henderson

Gladys Henderson’s first chapbook of poetry, Eclipse of Heaven, was published by Finishing Line Press, June 2008. An award-winning poet, she was awarded first place in eight competitions on Long Island from 2004 to 2010. In 2006 she was announced a finalist for the Paumanok Poetry Award. In 2010 she was named the Walt Whitman Birthplace Poet of the Year, and she won 2nd Place in the 2013 String Poet Prize.

black and white collage with ink drawing, cira early 90s by John Digby

Join us as we begin our Summer Season of the Studio Series, with poets Ned Balbo and Jane Satterfield, and music by The Counterclockwise Ensemble.

Saturday, August 25th at 5:00 PM

Ned BalboNed Balbo received the 2010 Donald Justice Prize, selected by A.E. Stallings, for The Trials of Edgar Poe and Other Poems (Story Line Press/WCU Poetry Center). His previous books include Lives of the Sleepers (Ernest Sandeen Prize and ForeWord Book of the Year gold medal) and Galileo’s Banquet (Towson University Prize). He has received three Maryland Arts Council grants, the Robert Frost Foundation Poetry Award, and the John Guyon Literary Nonfiction Prize. New poems are out or forthcoming in The Common, Iowa Review, River Styx, Sou’Wester, Avatar Review, and elsewhere. He lives in Baltimore with poet-essayist Jane Satterfield and her daughter Catherine.

Jane SatterfieldJane Satterfield is the author of Daughters of Empire: A Memoir of a Year in Britain and Beyond (Demeter, 2009) and two poetry collections: Assignation at Vanishing Point (Elixir Press Book Award) and Shepherdess with an Automatic (Washington Writers’ Publishing House, Towson University Prize). Among her awards are an N.E.A. Fellowship in poetry and the Faulkner Society Gold Medal in the Essay as well as residencies in poetry or nonfiction from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.  A new manuscript, Her Familiars, was a finalist for the 2011 National Poetry Series, and her poem, “The War Years,” was selected by Jo Shapcott as winner of the 2011 Mslexia Poetry Competition. Satterfield’s craft essay, “Lucifer Matches,” appears in Mentor and Muse: Essays from Poets to Poets (Southern Illinois University Press, 2010).

The Counterclockwise Ensemble is a guitar, strings and percussion quintet that plays contemporary American chamber music. Equally at home in a variety of genres, the group primarily plays the compositions of guitarist Rich Stein, sprinkling in pieces by Gustav Holst and Aaron Copland as well as traditional American and Irish folk tunes into their sets.

The Counterclockwise Ensemble

Originally formed in order to perform the pieces on Stein’s CDs Unspoken (2003) and Counterclockwise (2007), the current ensemble includes founding members Rich Stein (guitar), Andrew and Rebecca Perea (orchestral strings) plus newcomers Glen Saunders (double bass) and Jim Mansfield (percussion). Visit the Counterclockwise Ensemble web page for more information and musician bios.

Poets & Writers LogoNYSCA LogoThis event was funded in part by Poets and Writers, Inc. with public funds from New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

black and white collage with ink drawing, cira early 90s by John Digby

On May 25th, 2012, String Poet brought together poetry and music in celebration of the 2012 String Poet Prize, as we launched Volume II, Issue 1 of String Poet.

2012 String Poet Prize Ceremony - Barry Tognolini, Maxine Silverman, Kim Bridgford, J. D. Smith, Annabelle Moseley, Muriel Harris WeinsteinHosted by Annabelle Moseley, the event featured a concert by Composer and Featured Musician Barry Tognolini, a reading by 2012 Finalist Judge Kim Bridgford, and a reading of the Honorable Mention and Runner-Up poems, including Muriel Harris Weinstein and Maxine Silverman. Claire Nicolas White spoke about her late husband, Robert White, and his art, which is featured in the String Poet journal. Claire also read two poems, which can be found in this issue.

All of this leading up to the culmination of the evening, the emotional peak — as the journal was launched, J. D. Smith read his winning poem, “Upkeep,” followed by Barry Tognolini’s premiere of his inspired composition, “Tristezza”.

Playlist: 2012 String Poet Prize Award Ceremony

The video has highlights of the evening, including poetry by Kim Bridgford, Muriel Harris Weinstein, Maxine Silverman, and J. D. Smith, and music performance by Barry Tognolini.

black and white collage with ink drawing, cira early 90s by John Digby

The String Poet Studio Series presents a special event featuring poet Annabelle Moseley celebrating the launch of her new poetry collection, The Clock of the Long Now, with a reading from the book and a program of music for solo violin by violinist Gabriel Schaff, inspired by The Clock of the Long Now, including works by Telemann, Bach, Enescu, and the US premiere of Svitlana Azarova’s “The Violinist’s Morning Espresso”.  A book signing will follow (ticket holders receive a $3 discount).

Saturday, March 31st at 5:00 PM

The Long Island Violin Shop
8 Elm Street
Huntington, NY 11743-3402

Admission: $8 at the door.

There are a few tickets available at the door. Doors open at 4:45 PM.

Annabelle MoseleyAnnabelle Moseley is the author of one full-length collection and six chapbooks of poetry, a young adult novel, and a collection of children’s poetry. Her full-length collection: The Clock of the Long Now, was published in January 2012 by David Robert Books. Her most recent chapbooks are A Field Guide to the Muses (Finishing Line Press, 2009), and The Divine Tour (forthcoming 2012, Finishing Line Press). The first Walt Whitman Birthplace Writer-in-Residence, 2009-2010, Moseley is also founder and editor of String Poet, an online literary journal of poetry and the arts, and the host of The New York Times-featured String Poet Studio Series and founder of the national String Poet Prize. She is also a Lecturer at St. Joseph’s College. Moseley has published hundreds of poems internationally in such journals as The Texas Review, The Seventh Quarry (Wales), Marsh Hawk Review, and Mezzo Cammin, among others. Her first three chapbooks of poetry, published from 2005 to 2008 include: The Moon is a Lemon (Birnham Wood), Artifacts of Sound (Street Press), and Still Life (Street Press). Annabelle Moseley’s fourth chapbook is First and Last Things, a shared collection with the Welsh poet J. C. Evans, published jointly in New York and Wales by Cross-Cultural Communications. Moseley won first place in the 2008 Writer’s Digest Poetry Contest and a 2008 Amy Award from Poets & Writers.

Gabriel Schaff performs on violin at the String Poet Studio Series, March 31, 2012Mr. Schaff is a free-lance violinist in the greater New York area and performs regularly as a tenured member with many of the leading symphony, opera, and ballet ensembles in the region, in addition to frequent chamber and recital collaborations. In recent seasons he has appeared with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra on their North American tour, the American Symphony Orchestra, the Stamford Symphony, Long Island Philharmonic, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Glimmerglass Opera Festival, and on Broadway in “The Producers” and “Wicked”, and in Paul Shaffer’s orchestra on “The Late Show” with David Letterman. He is the concertmaster of the SONOS Chamber Orchestra in New York City. His second CD of vocal chamber music with tenor Martin Dillon was released in 2004 on Ganymede Records, and he is currently working on a recording project which juxtaposes contemporary music for solo violin with Bach’s B minor Partita, as well as recent live performances with pianists Richard Alston and Thomas Carlo Bo, which explore unjustly neglected works of the grand Romantic tradition of the 19th century. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the Englewood Chamber Players, a non-profit organization which brings together some of the finest musicians in the New York area who perform music of the highest caliber for the communities in which they live, as well as traveling to those unable to attend traditional concerts.

black and white collage with ink drawing, cira early 90s by John Digby

String Poet is proud to open the 2012 Studio Series season with a tribute to Nassau County’s Poets Laureate. Featuring the poetry of Linda Opyr, Gayl Teller, and Maxwell Wheat, and a program of music for violin and piano featuring violinist Janet Packer and pianist Geoffrey Burleson. Hosted by Annabelle Moseley, with opening remarks by Paula Camacho, Chair of the Nassau County Poet Laureate Committee.

Saturday, February 18th at 5:00 PM

The Long Island Violin Shop
8 Elm Street
Huntington, NY 11743-3402

Open Mic to follow

Linda OpyrLinda Opyr is the Nassau County Poet Laureate (2011-2013). She is the author of six collections of poetry. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, journals, magazines, and newspapers, including The Hudson Review, The Atlanta Review, The Paterson Literary Review, and The New York Times. Dr. Opyr holds a Doctor of Arts degree in English and American Literature from St. John’s University. She is an adjunct professor at Nassau Community College and chairs the English Department at Sewanhaka High School.

Gayl TellerNassau County Poet Laureate for 2009-2011, Gayl Teller received an MA from Columbia University and another MA from Queens College, CUNY. Her poetry collections are At the Intersection of Everything You Have Ever Loved, Shorehaven, Moving Day, One Small Kindness, and most recently, Inside the Embrace, which was selected in national competition and published by WordTech/Cherry Grove in 2010. She is the editor of Toward Forgiveness, an anthology of poems (Writers Ink Press, 2011).

Maxwell WheatMaxwell Corydon Wheat, Jr. was the first Poet Laureate of Nassau County (2007-2009). In 1980 he received the first Herman Melville Annual Award from the New York State Marine Education Assocation, whose journal, Ripples, he edited for many years. Author of several poetry chapbooks, he is known for his support of the Paumanok Poets, and tireless encouragement of young writers. For years he conducted an October salt marsh (when the marsh’s Spartina grasses turn golden) round-robin participatory poetry reading program at Cedarmere, Roslyn Harbor, home of the 19th Century poet William Cullen Bryant, where Maxwell volunteered in programming.

Janet PackerJanet Packer has established a unique career as a concert violinist and educator. Her performances demonstrate a mastery of a wide range of musical styles. As soloist with orchestra, recitalist, and recording artist, Ms. Packer’s musical intelligence and personality have won the accolades of audiences, critics, and musical colleagues. Janet Packer’s major orchestral appearances include performances with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony of Panama, Rochester Philharmonic, and Boston Pops Orchestra. She was chair of the Conservatory string department of the Longy School of Music, Cambridge, Massachusetts, for twelve years. She gives frequent master classes at universities, music schools, and string seminars.

Geoffrey BurlesonGeoffrey Burleson is Director of Piano Studies at Hunter College. Mr. Burleson has performed to wide acclaim throughout Europe and North America, and is equally active as a recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician and jazz performer. The New York Times has hailed his solo performances as “vibrant and compelling”, furthermore praising his “rhythmic brio, projection of rhapsodic qualities, appropriate sense of spontaneity, and rich colorings.” A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory, New England Conservatory, and Stony Brook University (D.M.A.), his principal teachers include Gilbert Kalish, Leonard Shure, Veronica Jochum, Lillian Freundlich, Tinka Knopf, and Audrey Bart Brown.

black and white collage with ink drawing, cira early 90s by John Digby

We had the pleasure of ending our 2011 inaugural season of the Studio Series with a moving, retrospective poetry reading by W.F. Lantry, and a fine set of performances by Gabriel Schaff and Kathleen Riley celebrating the composers of 1810, including pieces by Chopin, Wagner, and Lizst.

Playlist: Studio Series 11/26/2011

After the last chairs were brought out to accommodate the sold-out crowd, host Annabelle Moseley welcomed our audience and performers, and introduced Gabriel Schaff on violin and Kathleen Riley on piano, as they took the stage with a selection of works for violin and piano. Following the music, W.F. Lantry gave a fine reading, filled with glimpses of moving moments along his life’s journey. Our evening closed with a rousing second set of music for violin and piano, and our open mic session.

We at String Poet would like to thank all of our poets, musical guests, and our audience for making this first season of the Studio Series a resounding success, and invite you to look forward to our 2012 season when it resumes in February. See you then!

NYSCA LogoThis event was funded in part by Poets and Writers, Inc. with public funds from New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

"Seated Nude" by Alfred Moskowitz
Playlist: Rhina Espaillat 8/6/2011

Those in attendance at the Studio Series in August were treated to a wonderful convergence of the arts, as poet Rhina P. Espaillat and lutenist Christopher Morrongiello filled the evening with poetry and music.

Christopher Morrongiello began the evening with a set of music from the year 1592 on alto lute, taking the time to explain some aspects of his performance as he prepared his set.

Host Annabelle Moseley introduced Rhina Espaillat, who continued the dialogue between music and poetry. During intermission, those in attendance admired Alfred Moskowitz’s sculpture, “Seated Nude”, which was on display in the Great Room. After the intermission, Rhina continued her reading, including some of her translations of St. John of the Cross. The evening concluded with a second set of music by Christopher Morrongiello, performing on tenor lute pieces by John Dowland. During this set, Annabelle Moseley read “If Music and Sweet Poetry Agree”, which is attributed to Richard Barnfield.

Violins at the Long Island Violin Shop

On Saturday, October 29th, those who braved the weather to experience and support the live arts were rewarded with a beautiful conversation of poetry and music. Due to the unusually severe October snowstorm that struck Pennsylvania, Barbara Crooker was not able make this event.

Dale Stuckenbruck, Annabelle Moseley, and Haewon KimThe evening began as host Annabelle Moseley welcomed the audience and introduced the Kim-Stuckenbruck duo of Haewon Kim and Dale Stuckenbruck. Haewon Kim performed on a Steinway Boston Baby Grand piano provided by Steinway & Sons Used Piano Gallery in Melville, while Dale Stuckenbruck performed on his violin made by none other than Charles Rufino. It was a delight to hear such a virtuosic performance in the intimate space of the Great Room.

Poet Annabelle Moseley followed, continuing the the autumnal themes of beauty and loss with a series of moving, musical poems spanning her collection of five chapbooks, as well as her forthcoming full-length collection.

Saturday, September 24th, 5:00 PM

Host Annabelle Moseley welcomed the crowd and introduced Harris Becker, who performed delightful music on baroque guitar, an instrument beautiful to behold. Annabelle then introduced George Held and Barbara Novack, each of whom delighted the crowd. An intermission followed, and the mood was high-spirited and congenial, as books and CDs were sold, and the room was filled with conversation and laughter.

The second half of the evening began with the poetry of Barbara Novack, followed by George Held. Their poetry was polished and moving, and were resonant with themes of human relationships and the beauty of nature. Harris Becker concluded this portion of the evening on classical guitar, performing the U.S. debut of “Three Moods for Guitar” by Michael Frassetti.

The evening concluded with a particularly memorable open mic, inspired by George Held’s poem about the moon. Several open mic participants had ready their own moon poems, and a joyful lunacy ensued. NYSCA LogoHost Annabelle Moseley joined with her poem, “The Moon is a Lemon.”

Many thanks to all who made the evening so wonderful.

This event was funded in part by Poets and Writers, Inc. with public funds from New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

Violin and Piano - photo by Belenna Mesa Lauto

On May 27th, poetry and music came together as String Poet celebrated the awarding of the 2011 String Poet Prize, and the launch of the inaugural journal of poetry and the arts : Volume I, Issue 1.

Host Annabelle Moseley welcomed a full house and introduced 2011 String Poet Prize Final Judge, Patricia Fargnoli (NH Poet Laureate 2006-2009), who gave a powerful and heartfelt reading. After an intermission, Volume I, Issue I of String Poet “went live.”

Annabelle Moseley introduced each reader and their poem that placed, starting with Barbara Crooker, who could not attend the ceremony.  Annabelle Moseley read for Barbara Crooker, followed by W.F. Lantry, Francine Sterle, and George H. Northrup each reading their poem.

Our evening closed with a reading of the winning poem, “Kummi Dance”, by Pramila Venkateswaran, and a premiere performance of a piece by the same name, composed by Beth Anderson for String Poet, performed by the composer herself on piano and David Wong on violin. Shortly after the performance, the premiere performance of Beth Anderson’s “Kummi Dance” was made available in the music playlist for the inaugural issue.

Playlist: 2011 String Poet Award Ceremony

Now available are videos of the performances.  Included here is a playlist with all of the videos from the Award Ceremony, and each poem in the journal that was read at the event is linked from the journal page with that poem.