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

Join us for an evening of poetry and music as we honor the winners of the 2017 String Poet Prize!

International String Poet Prize Winner (and Long Islander!) Joan Obergh will read her first prize winning poem “At Vespertide” and will be presented with her award, and Composer Jonathan Russ will be there, for the premiere of his new work inspired by Ms. Obergh’s poem and performed by cellist Tom Valdez. Frequent contributor to String Poet, Patti Tana, who has two poems in the forthcoming issue, will give a featured reading. Tickets are $10 at the door or available online to reserve your seat.

These nights of poetry and music at String Poet are always special. This is a can’t-miss event!

String Poet Prize Award Ceremony
Saturday, November 16 @ 7:00 PM
The Long Island Violin Shop
8 Elm Street, Huntington, NY

Admission: $10 at the door.

Joan Vullo OberghJoan Vullo Obergh is a lifelong writer of poetry, short fiction and novels. She is facilitator for a group of Long Island novelists, publishers of Chapter One, an anthology of short fiction. Rara Avis is her chapbook of biographical poetry. She was a finalist in the 30 poems in 30 days contest. Joan is widely published ,and has won 14 first place poetry contest awards in as many years. Joan is a retired Registered Nurse and Mental health counselor from Seaford, New York.

Patti TanaPatti Tana is Professor Emerita of English at Nassau Community College (SUNY) and the Walt Whitman Birthplace 2009 Poet of the Year. She is editor of the poetry anthology Songs of Seasoned Women and associate editor of the Long Island Quarterly. Patti is the author of nine books of poems, including Make Your Way Across This Bridge (2003), which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and All I Can Gather & Give (2014), which was nominated for The Pushcart Prize.