Patricia Fargnoli
photo credit: John Hession

String Poet is pleased to announce that Patricia Fargnoli, the New Hampshire Poet Laureate (December 2006 to March 2009) will be the final judge for the 2011 String Poet Prize. She will also be the featured poet at the String Poet Prize Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 27th at 7:00 pm as part of the Fourth Friday Studio Series at the Long Island Violin Shop in Huntington, New York. That same evening, String Poet will go live with the launch of its inaugural issue.

Patricia Fargnoli is the author of four books and two chapbooks of poetry, her newest book is Then, Something (Tupelo Press, fall 2009) which won the ForeWord Poetry Book of the Year Award Silver Award, the Shelia Mooton Book Award of the New England Poetry Club and an Honorable Mention in the Eric Hoffer Awards. Her fifth collection, Duties of the Spirit (Tupelo Press, 2005) won the New Hampshire Jane Kenyon Literary Book Award for an Outstanding Book of Poetry and was a semifinalist for the Glasgow Prize.  Her first book, Necessary Light (Utah State University Press, 1999) was awarded the 1999 May Swenson Poetry Award.

“Pat”, a retired social worker, has been the recipient of a Macdowell Colony fellowship. She’s been on the residence faculty of The Frost Place Poetry Festival, and has taught privately, at the New Hampshire Institute of Art and in the Lifelong Learning program of Keene State College.  She was the recipient of an honorary BFA from The NH Institute of Arts, has won the Robert Frost Foundation Poetry Award and 6 Pushcart nominations.  Twice a semifinalist for the Discovery, The Nation Awards, she has published widely in literary journals such as Poetry, Ploughshares, The Harvard Review, Green Mountain Review, Alaska Quarterly, Massachusetts Review.  She currently resides in Walpole, NH.

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

With the start of the String Poet Studio Series, the Long Island Violin Shop in Huntington has become a haven for Long Island’s poetry community.
– The New York Times

String Poet is pleased to present the Studio Series, a performance series that strives to integrate poetry and music, pairing great lyrical poets with professional musicians.  Events are directed and hosted by String Poet founder and editor Annabelle Moseley, a prominent poet, writer, and teacher. The Studio Series is in affiliation with the stringed instrument studio of Luthier Charles J. Rufino. Mr. Rufino is a classically trained violin-maker who hand-makes his own internationally acclaimed stringed instruments.  He has also become a patron of the Long Island arts scene, sponsoring and hosting concerts, lectures, Master Classes, and a series of poetry readings (including the Studio Series) at his Huntington artistic enclave.

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

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

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The submission period for the 2011 String Poet Prize, sponsored by String Poet and the Long Island Violin Shop, is closed.

2011 String Poet Prize Guidelines

Up to 30 lines, all forms accepted. Contest theme: “The Seasons.” No previously published or contest-winning poems. First prize is $150. The winning poem will be performed at our awards ceremony on May 27 with original music composed by Beth Anderson, and published in our online journal.  Fees: $10.00 for up to 3 poems, $15.00 for up to 5 poems. Final judge: Patricia Fargnoli.

Postal Mail: Post by March 30, 2011

Send your poem(s) and payment, postmarked on or before March 30, 2011 to:
String Poet Prize c/o Long Island Violin Shop
8 Elm Street
Huntington, NY 11743

Checks payable to “L.I.V.S.” drawn from a U.S. Bank.   Author’s name and contact information typed on the BACK of each submitted page. Include a SASE or your email address if you would like to be notified of contest results, or subscribe to String Poet. Hardcopy entries cannot be returned, and will be recycled.

Online: Initiate payment and submit poems by 11:59 PM EDT on March 31, 2011

Payment: Use the shopping cart at the bottom of this page to send payment by PayPal. Make sure you choose the correct amount based on the number of poems you are submitting. If your PayPal email address does not match the email used to send your poems, please make note of that in your contest submission email.

Send a single e-mail with your poem(s) to   Poems may be included in-line as text within the email, or as attachments.   Attachment formats accepted: Word (.doc), Rich Text (.rtf), or plain text (.txt). Include your name and contact information in the body of the email, or as a separate cover page within the attachment(s).