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.
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.