String Poet is proud to announce our nominations for the 2012 Pushcart Prize. Our congratulations to the nominees and their fine work.


Francis, Here My Hand,” by Vince Clemente.

A Woman Is Her Mother, That’s The Main Thing,” by Barbara Crooker.

Listening to Gladdie,” by Peter Thabit Jones.

Visionary,” by W.F. Lantry.

To the Birds of Spring,” by Francine Sterle.


Tired Beast,” by Rhina Espaillat.

November 22, 2011: String Poet Studio Series is featured in Newsday in the “Explore LI” section. Written by Lauren R. Harrison, the article, “Rhymes with strings,” covers last month’s performance, with poetry by Annabelle Moseley and the music of Dale Stuckenbruck and Haewon Kim, and the Series itself.

The article also can be found on the Newsday web site (subscription/registration may be required.)

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011, 3:30 – 5:00 PM

Walt Whitman
All, all for immortality,
Love like the light silently wrapping all.

Walt Whitman

John S. Moseley (1947-1991) was an English teacher at Half Hollow Hills High School East from the autumn of 1970 until his tragic early death. He is the father of String Poet Founder and Editor Annabelle Moseley. John Moseley was beloved and esteemed by all who knew him, and now one of his former students has chosen to honor him in a very special way: Ms. Jenny Lee has purchased a memorial bench at the Walt Whitman Birthplace to honor his memory. We at String Poet hope you will be able to join us at the dedication of his memorial, which will include fine poetry, delicious refreshments, and warm conversation.

The Walt Whitman Birthplace
246 Old Walt Whitman Road
West Hills, NY 11746

A Girl Writing - Henriette Browne

The 2011 String Poet Women Writers of Tomorrow award ceremony took place on September 25, 2011 at the Walt Whitman Birthplace. The featured readers for the ceremony were Kim Bridgford, founder of the Mezzo Cammin Women Poets Timeline; and Annabelle Moseley, 2009-2010 Walt Whitman Birthplace Writer-in-Residence, and founder of String Poet and the Women Writers of Tomorrow Contest.

The awards and certificates were presented by Kim Bridgford, Annabelle Moseley, and Cynthia Shor, Executive Director of the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association. After the awards and prizes were presented, the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners and Honorable Mention authors were invited to read their entry. It was heartening to see so many young women sharing their work, and to catch a glimpse of the writers of tomorrow.

String Poet founder Annabelle Moseley being interviewed by WABC anchor Ken RosatoString Poet is a topic on the “Long Island Viewpoint” show, airing Sunday, July 17th on WABC/7.   During this program, WABC Eyewitness News anchor Ken Rosato interviews String Poet and Studio Series founder Annabelle Moseley about her life, work, and ongoing involvement in the arts community, from her work with the Stevenson Academy of Fine Arts to the Walt Whitman Birthplace, and String Poet.  If you missed the show, which aired on Sunday, July 17th, you can view it on the WABC web site.

Francisco De Goya's "Euterpe"

String Poet is soliciting poems by young female writers, grades 3-12 to celebrate women in literature, for the 2011 Women Writers of Tomorrow Poetry Contest. Proceeds will benefit the Mezzo Cammin Women Poets Timeline and the Walt Whitman Birthplace.

Contest Deadline: Postmarked by June 15th, 2011

Winners and their schools notified during the first week of September. Individual poems MUST have the following information on EACH page:

  • poem title and entrance category
  • entrant’s name, complete address, home phone number, age, and grade level
  • school name, complete address, school phone number, and teacher’s name
  • for multiple entries by a teacher: poems must be noted by grade and class period

Send typed poem(s) with SASE and check payable to “Walt Whitman Birthplace Association” to:

String Poet Women Writers Contest
c/o Walt Whitman Birthplace Association
246 Old Walt Whitman Road
West Hills, NY 11746

Entry Fee: $10 per poem, up to 30 lines each.

Topics: 1 per poem Categories
“What Is a Poem” A – Grades 3 & 4
“What Poetry Means to Me” B – Grades 5 & 6
“A Famous Woman” C – Grades 7 & 8
“What Inspires Me” D – Grades 9 & 10
E – Grades 11 & 12


$50 Savings Bond to each first prize-winner (1 per Category). 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each category will be invited to read their poem at the award ceremony. All finalists and prize-winners will receive a certificate of achievement and keepsake letter of commendation for enhanced college porfolios.

Award Ceremony: Walt Whitman Birthplace Historic Site

Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 1:00 PM with featured reading Kim Bridgford, Mezzo Cammin Women Poets Timeline founder. Presentation of awards by Cynthia Shor, Executive Director of Walt Whitman Birthplace Association and Annabelle Moseley, contest judge, WWBA 2009-2010 Writer in Residence, and founder of String Poet.

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

Look for a feature article about String Poet, our Studio Series performances at the Long Island Violin Shop, and founder Annabelle Moseley in today’s New York Times (April 17, 2011). It’s in the Metropolitan section, titled Where Strings Are Paired With Poetry.

The article is also on the NY Times web site. Check out the print version if you can, as the on-line article is missing some photographs.

We have received the results from our final judge, Patricia Fargnoli, and we are pleased to announce the official results of the 2011 String Poet Prize! Thanks to all who entered, and congratulations to our winner and finalists!

First Prize:

Kummi Dance“- Pramila Venkateswaran

Runners Up:

Homage to Emily Dickinson (xix) “- George H. Northrup
To the Birds of Spring” – Francine Sterle

Honorable Mentions:

A Woman is Her Mother, That’s the Main Thing“- Barbara Crooker
Visionary” -W. F. Lantry

Beth Anderson
Beth Anderson

String Poet is pleased to announce that Beth Anderson will compose the music for the winning poem of the 2011 String Poet Prize.

Beth Anderson is a critically-acclaimed composer of new romantic, avante-garde music, text-sound works, and musical theater events. Born in Kentucky, she studied primarily in California with John Cage, Terry Riley, Robert Ashley, and Larry Austin at Mills College and U.C. Davis. She is a resident of New York City and a member of BMI, American Composers’ Forum, I.A.W.M., Poets and Writers, and New York Women Composers. Her early work was considered post-Cagian, non-academic, but more recently, the music became more lyrical while retaining the cut-up quality of the minimalists. She produces Women’s Work, a concert series of women composers each March.