Join us for an evening of poetry and music as we honor the winners of the 2015 String Poet Prize, and the fifth anniversary of String Poet!

Featuring a reading by 2015 Finalist Judge Bruce Guernsey and culminating in the reading of prize-winner John Beaton’s poem followed by the premiere performance of Joelle Wallach’s composition, this is a must-see event for anyone able to attend!

In honor of reaching the 5 year mark, these excellent poets from past issues will read their String Poet pearls: Daniel Brown, Gladys Henderson, Robert Schechter, Pramila Venkateswaran, Herb Wahlsteen and Muriel Harris Weinstein.

John BeatonJohn Beaton is a retired actuary who was raised in the Highlands of Scotland and lives on Vancouver Island, Canada. He was moderator of The Deep End workshop at Eratosphere for several years. His poetry has appeared widely online and in publications as diverse as Able Muse and Gray’s Sporting Journal. He is a regular spoken word performer, both solo and with the band Celtic Chaos.

bruce_guernseyBruce Guernsey is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Eastern Illinois University where he taught creative writing and American Literature for twenty-five years. He has also taught at William and Mary, Johns Hopkins, the University of New Hampshire, and Virginia Wesleyan College where he was the poet in residence for four years. A graduate with honors from Colgate University, he holds M.A.’s from the University of Virginia and Johns Hopkins and a PhD from New Hampshire, writing his dissertation on tools as metaphor in Robert Frost’s poetry.

Composer Joelle WallachJoelle Wallach writes music for orchestra, chamber ensembles, solo voices and choruses. Her String Quartet 1995 was the American Composers Alliance nominee for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize in Music. The New York Philharmonic Ensembles premiered her octet, From the Forest of Chimneys, written to celebrate their 10th anniversary; and the New York Choral Society commissioned her secular oratorio, Toward a Time of Renewal, for 200 voices and orchestra to commemorate their 35th Anniversary Season in Carnegie Hall.

Daniel Brown Photo 2Daniel Brown’s poems have appeared in Poetry, Partisan Review, PN Review, Parnassus, The New Criterion and other journals, as well as a number of anthologies including Poetry 180 (ed. Billy Collins) and The Swallow Anthology of New American Poets (ed. David Yezzi). His work has been awarded a Pushcart prize, and his collection Taking the Occasion won the New Criterion Poetry Prize. His new collection is What More?

Gladys HendersonGladys Henderson has received many prizes for her poetry, and she is widely published. In 2015 she was selected featured poet in Oberon. Her chapbook, Eclipse Of Heaven, was published by Finishing Line Press, (June 2008).

schechterRobert Schechter has published poems and translations in Highlights for Children, First Things, The Washington Post, The Evansville Review, Poetry East, The Alabama Literary Review, The Raintown Review, Per Contra, Light Quarterly, LightenUp Online, Snakeskin, and Bumbershoot, among other journals.

Pramila VenkateswaranPramila Venkateswaran is the author of Thirtha (Yuganta Press, 2002), Behind Dark Waters (Plain View Press, 2008), and Draw Me Inmost (Stockport Flats, 2009). An award-winning poet, she has performed her poems internationally, most recently in the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. Her essays and reviews have appeared in Women’s Studies Quarterly, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, and Socialism and Democracy. She is an Associate Professor of English at Nassau Community College. She plays the violin and sings Indian classical music.

Herb WahlsteenHerb Wahlsteen earned a B.A. in English from CA St. U., Fullerton, and an M.A. in English from Columbia U. He earned a permanent NY State license to teach English, grades 7-12, and taught in the NYC Public School System. He was a finalist in the Yale Series of Younger Poets contest, placed 3rd in the Writer’s Digest 77th Annual Writing Competition: Rhyming Category, and has had poems published in: Long Island Quarterly, the Great South Bay magazine, The Lyric magazine, Paumanok Interwoven, and Suffolk County Poetry Review.

Muriel Harris WeinsteinMuriel Harris Weinstein’s poems have appeared in many literary magazines: The Comstock Review, The Cortland Review, Kent State Review, The Cape Rock, Nassau Review, and in several anthologies. Poetry is her first love, but she also writes children’s literature, including her first, When Louis Armstrong Taught Me Scat, a Junior Library Guild Selection, and Play Louis, Play!, a middle-grade bio of the great Louis Armstrong, also a Junior Library Guild Selection, winner of the Paterson Prize at P.C.C.C., and nominated for the Texas Bluebonnet Award.

A wonderful evening of poetry and music, featuring a poetry reading by Finalist Judge David Yezzi, followed by readings of the poems that placed or received honorable mentions.

The event culminated in a reading of Richard Meyer’s First-Prize winning poem, “The Autumn Way,” followed by the debut of Composer Judith Shatin’s original piece of music, inspired by the winning poem.

Video highlights from the 2014 String Poet Award Ceremony

Playlist: 2014 String Poet Prize Award Ceremony

Richard MeyerRichard Meyer, a former English and humanities teacher, lives in the home his father built in Mankato, a city at the bend of the Minnesota River. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in various publications, including Able Muse, 14 Magazine, The Raintown Review, Measure, Alabama Literary Review, Light, and The Evansville Review. His poem “Fieldstone” was selected as the winner of the 2012 Robert Frost Farm Prize, and his poem “La Gioconda” was chosen as a top sonnet in the 2013 Great River Shakespeare Festival.

David YezziFinal Judge: David Yezzi’s books of poetry are The Hidden Model (TriQuarterly Books, 2003) and Azores (Swallow Press, 2008), a Slate magazine best book of the year; and Birds of the Air (2013), a Publishers Weekly pick. He is the editor of The Swallow Anthology of New American Poets, foreword by J. D. McClatchy. His libretto for a chamber opera by David Conte, Firebird Motel, received its premiere in San Francisco in 2003 and was released on CD from Arsis in 2007. His libretto of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Last Tycoon for composer Cyril Deaconoff received a workshop production at West Bay Opera in California in 2010. And his verse dramas On the Rocks and Dirty Dan & Other Travesties have been produced by Verse Theater Manhattan. As an actor and co-founder of Thick Description, a San Francisco theater company, Mr. Yezzi has performed in works by Shakespeare, Shaw, Brecht, Goethe, Williams, and others, in the United States and Europe.
A Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford University from 1998 to 2000, his poems and reviews have appeared in The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The New Republic, The Best American Poetry,The Yale Review, Poetry and elsewhere. A former director of the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y in New York, he is executive editor of The New Criterion.

2014 String Poet Prize Composer Judith ShatinComposer: Judith Shatin is a composer and sound artist whose musical practice engages our social, cultural, and physical environments. She draws on expanded instrumental palettes and a cornucopia of the sounding world, from machines in a deep coal mine, to the calls of animals, the shuttle of a wooden loom, a lawnmower racing up a lawn. Timbral exploration and dynamic narrative design are fundamental to her compositional design, while collaboration with musicians, artists and communities are central to her musical life. Shatin’s music has been commissioned by organizations such as the Barlow and Fromm Foundations, the McKim Fund of the Library of Congress, the Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Arts Partners Program, as well as ensembles including Ash Lawn Opera, Da Capo Chamber Players, the Dutch Hexagon Ensemble, newEar,the National and Richmond Symphonies, and many more. Twice a fellow at the Rockefeller Center in Bellagio, she has held residencies at MacDowell, Yaddo, the VCCA, La Cité des Arts (France), Mishkan HaAmanim (Israel), among others. Her Rotunda, a film collaboration with Robert Arnold, won the Macon Film Festival Best Experimental Film Award (2011), while her music for the film Cinnamon, by Kevin J. Everson, has been heard at festivals ranging from Sundance to Munich and Rotterdam. In demand as a master teacher, Shatin has served as BMI composer-in-residence at Vanderbilt University, as master composer at California Summer Music, and as senior composer at the Wellesley Composers Forum. She is William R. Kenan Jr. Professor at the University of Virginia, where she founded the Virginia Center for Computer Music. Her work is featured in the recent book Women of Influence in Contemporary Music, Nine American Composers (Scarecrow Press). A staunch advocate for her fellow composers, she has served as President of American Women Composers and on the boards of the League/ISCM, American Composers Alliance, and International Alliance for Women in Music. She currently sits on the National Council of the Atlantic Center for the Arts.

Cellist Suzanne Mueller is a native and resident of Long Island (NY). She is a graduate of both the Pre-College and College of The Juilliard School. Her teachers have included Marion Feldman, Alexander Kouguell, Lorne Munroe, Leslie Parnas, Channing Robbins, and Harvey Shapiro, and she has coached with artists including Joseph Fuchs, Margot Garrett, William Lincer, and, for non-classical cello and perspective, Eugene Friesen.
She made her New York recital debut under the auspices of Artists International as a member of the piano/cello Elysian Duo, and went on to perform as half of its successor, Elysian II, for ten years, before forming CROSS ISLAND with pianist Elinor Abrams Zayas in 2007.
Suzanne has been Beech Tree Concerts Artist-in-Residence at Old Westbury Gardens (Long, Island, NY) since 2003. There, she presents a series of outdoor summer concerts in a broad range of genres with various partners. She is a also a frequent performer on the Composer’s Voice concert series, presenting new music by living composers. Suzanne is a member of the New Directions Cello Association, of the International Alliance for Women in Music, and of the Mu Phi Epsilon music fraternity.
In 2013, she released her first solo CD, Solitaire, featuring a number of premieres, several written especially for her. Composers represented are J.S. Bach, Barbara Bach Sternberg, Greg Bartholomew, Bela Bartok, Douglas DaSilva, Lawrence Kramer, Nicholas Chen McConnell, Jimmy Pigott, J.P. Redmond, Bettie Ross, Rick Sowash, David Wolfson, and Carol Worthey.

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.

Francisco De Goya's "Euterpe"
Playlist: 2013 String Poet Prize

Thanks to those who joined us for this very special event!

Jean L. Kreiling, George Held, Annabelle Moseley, and Eleanor Cory
Jean L. Kreiling, George Held, Annabelle Moseley, and Eleanor Cory

Hosted by Annabelle Moseley, our award ceremony will feature a reading by Final Judge George Held, and selected readings from the runners-up and finalist poems. As the journal goes live on-line, Jean L. Kreiling will read her winning poem, “Doubt Springs,” followed by the debut performance of Eleanor Cory’s composition, inspired by the winning poem. The piece will be performed by Lynn Bechtold and Kirsten Jermé.

George HeldFinal Judge: George Held is a widely published fiction writer, satirist, translator, book reviewer, and a poet who has received seven Pushcart Prize nominations. He was a three-year Fulbright lecturer in Czechoslovakia and has served on the board of The South Fork Natural History Society since 1991. His fifteenth book is After Shakespeare: Selected Sonnets (Červená Barva Press, 2011). His most recently published book is Neighbors: The Yard Critters Too (Filsinger & Company, 2013), the second volume of animal poems for children, illustrated by Joung Un Kim.

2013 String Poet Composer Eleanor CoryComposer: Eleanor Cory‘s work has been recognized by awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Fromm Foundation of Harvard University, Aaron Copland Fund, Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, Morse Grant of Yale University, MacDowell Colony, and PSC-CUNY Research Foundation. She has received an American Composers Alliance Recording Award, the Miriam Gideon Award from the International Association of Women in Music, as well as prizes from the Hollybush, Kucyna, and Music of Changes International Competitions, and the Davenport, and New Jersey Guild of Composers Competitions. She has composed musical setting of poems by James Merrill, Marvin Bell, Robert Creeley, Rachel Hadas, Mark Strand, Octavio Paz, W.S. Merwin, David Ignatow, Muriel Rukeyser, and Wallace Stevens. Her poems have been published in Iambs and Trochees and Poetry Porch: Sonnet Scroll. She currently teaches Composition at Mannes College of Music.

Violinist/composer Lynn Bechtold has appeared in recital throughout North America and Europe, and has premiered solo/chamber works by composers such as Gloria Coates, George Crumb, John Harbison, Alvin Lucier, and Morton Subotnick. As a member of groups including Zentripetal, Bleecker StQ, Miolina, SEM, and the NY Symphonic Ensemble, she has performed around the world, and been broadcast on various TV and radio, including the CBS Morning Show and 30 Rock. Other programs have been with Absolute Ensemble, Catalyst Dance, DJ Spooky, Eternal Tango Orchestra, EVOC, North/South Consonance, Parsons Dance, Paul Taylor Dance Co., VisionIntoArt, and Pablo Ziegler. She’s also played with entertainers such as Boyz II Men, Willie Colon, Sheryl Crow, Darcy James Argueʼs Secret Society Band, Dead Can Dance, Escort, Roberta Flack, Left Banke, Smokey Robinson, SMAP, and Donna Summer. An active performer, she has appeared at diverse venues, from Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall to LPR and Joeʼs Pub, and her electroacoustic compositions have been performed at venues such as the Austrian Cultural Forum and the Bohemian National Hall, and on the Composers Concordance and Music With A View Festivals. She holds degrees from Tufts University, New England Conservatory, and Mannes, where she was a student of noted violinist Felix Galimir. She is on the faculty at The Dwight School and Greenwich House Music School in NYC and is a coach for the Norwalk Youth Symphony in CT.

A native of Wisconsin, cellist Kirsten Jermé leads an active musical life as a performer and educator in New York City. Kirsten completed her M.M. in Cello Performance and Arts Leadership Certificate at the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Steven Doane. She received her B.A. from Stony Brook University, under the tutelage of Colin Carr and the Emerson String Quartet. An avid chamber musician, recitalist, and orchestral cellist, Kirsten has performed at Carnegie, Weill and Zankel Halls, Alice Tully Hall, Symphony Space, W.M.P. Concert Hall, the Joyce Dance Theatre and Le Poisson Rouge in New York, Royal Festival Hall in London, and the Banff Arts Centre in Canada, and has participated in festivals including Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and the Banff Masterclasses for Strings and Winds. Dedicated to education, community, and public service through the arts, Kirsten has worked as an administrator and teacher for a variety of arts non-profits. She was deeply involved in community outreach and public school programs as an employee of Turtle Bay Music School and as an intern at the Eastman Community Music School. At Stony Brook University, Kirsten helped launch an arts outreach program through the Staller Center for the Arts, and co-directed the annual Music for Peace Project. Kirsten is currently on faculty at Greenwich House Music School in Manhattan and the Larchmont Music Academy in Westchester, and has taught at P.S. 129 in Harlem for The Harmony Program, modeled on Venezuela’s El Sistema.

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The Studio Series welcomes Autumn with words and music to warm the heart, with Annabelle Moseley reading from her latest chapbook, The Fish Has Swallowed Earth, and featuring poet Barbara Crooker, with solo violinist Shem Guibbory performing works by Grażyna Bacewicz and Johann Sebastian Bach.

Barbara Crooker and Annabelle Moseley

String Poet Founder Annabelle MoseleyAnnabelle Moseley is the author of the best-selling poetry collection, The Clock of the Long Now (2012, David Robert Books,) and seven published chapbooks of poetry, including her newest, The Fish Has Swallowed Earth (2012, Aldrich Publishing), and The Divine Tour (Forthcoming 2012, Finishing Line Press) as well as a young adult novel and a collection of children’s poetry. 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 at the Long Island Violin Shop. A 2012 Pushcart Prize nominee, Moseley has published hundreds of poems internationally in such journals as The Texas Review, The Seventh Quarry (Wales), The Lyric, Mezzo Cammin, and Umbrella, among others. In April 2011, her poem “Breakable,” was chosen by O, The Oprah Magazine as one of the twelve poems selected from thousands to be featured on

Barbara CrookerBarbara Crooker‘s poems have appeared in magazines such as The Green Mountains Review, The Hollins Critic, The Christian Science Monitor, Smartish Pace, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Nimrod, The Denver Quarterly, The Tampa Review, Poetry International, The Christian Century, America, and others. She is the recipient of the 2007 Pen and Brush Poetry Prize, the 2006 Ekphrastic Poetry Award from Rosebud, the 2004 WB Yeats Society of New York Award, the 2004 Pennsylvania Center for the Book Poetry in Public Places Poster Competition, the 2003 Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award, the 2003 “April Is the Cruelest Month” Award from Poets & Writers, the 2000 New Millenium Writing’s Y2K competition, the 1997 Karamu Poetry Award, and others, including three Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships, fourteen residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; a residency at the Moulin a Nef, Auvillar, France; and a residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, Ireland. A twenty-nine time nominee for the Pushcart Prize and five time nominee for Best of the Net, she was a 1997 Grammy Awards Finalist for her part in the audio version of the popular anthology, Grow Old Along With Me–The Best is Yet to Be (Papier Mache Press). Her books are Radiance, which won the 2005 Word Press First Book competition and was a finalist for the 2006 Paterson Poetry Prize, Line Dance, which came out from Word Press in 2008 and won the 2009 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence, and More (C&R Press, 2010).

Shem GuibboryInternationally acclaimed Violinist Shem Guibbory, an award winning soloist and chamber musician, has made an indelible mark on the face of today’s new music industry as an extremely talented performer, a creative producer, and a successful entrepreneur. Hailed for his interpretations of 20th Century music, his recording of Violin Phase on the ECM label has become an American classic of avant-garde music.

For the past 15 years, Mr. Guibbory has been a member of the First Violin section of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and has appeared as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, the Beethoven Halle Orchestra, the Kansas City Symphony and the Symphony of the New World. He was the original violinist in the Steve Reich Ensemble and has performed recitals and chamber music throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. He has also recorded five CDs with Anthony Davis, including Maps, a violin concerto commissioned by the Kansas City Symphony (Gramavision). He has premiered over 60 new compositions, of which 30 were written expressly for him.

Mr. Guibbory made his recital debut at New York City’s Alice Tully Hall in 1988. His recordings can be found on the ECM, Gramavision, Opus 1, DG, Albany, Bridge, MSR Classics and CRI labels. He has studied with Broadus Erle, Romuald Tecco, Evelyn Read and Sophie Feuermann.

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Join us at the Studio Series for a classic pairing of poetry and music on Saturday, September 22nd we host poets Daniel Brown and David Yezzi, with guitarist Harris Becker performing works by John Dowland and Johann Sebastian Bach on lute and guitar.

Saturday, September 22nd at 5:00 PM

Hosted by Annabelle Moseley at The Long Island Violin Shop
8 Elm Street, Huntington, NY 11743

Daniel BrownDaniel Brown is a product of Long Island, growing up in Westbury and attending W. Tresper Clark High School there. He studied music as both an undergraduate and a graduate student at Cornell University, and taught music history and theory at Cornell and Dartmouth College. His graduate work at Cornell involved a computerized analysis of music, and this eventually led to a change of field from music to information technology. Daniel obtained a position at IBM, and has pursued a career in a variety of positions including technician, salesperson, and manager. In parallel with this career, Daniel has been writing and publishing. His poems have appeared in Poetry, Partisan Review, Parnassus: Poetry in Review, The New Criterion and other journals. They have also won a Pushcart Prize, and have appeared in a number of anthologies including Poetry 180 (/edited by Billy Collins), Fathers (edited by David Ray), and The Swallow Anthology of New American Poets (edited by David Yezzi). Daniel’s collection Taking the Occasion was awarded the New Critieron Poetry Prize. His Why Bach?, an online appreciation of Bach’s music, is available on the Internet. Daniel currently lives in Baldwin, NY.

David YezziDavid Yezzi’s books of poetry are The Hidden Model (TriQuarterly Books, 2003) and Azores (Swallow Press, 2008), a Slate magazine best book of the year. He is the editor of The Swallow Anthology of New American Poets, foreword by J. D. McClatchy. His libretto for a chamber opera by David Conte, Firebird Motel, received its premiere in San Francisco in 2003 and was recently released on CD from Arsis. A Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford University from 1998 to 2000, his poems and reviews have appeared in The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The New Republic, The Best American Poetry,The Yale Review, Poetry and elsewhere. A former director of the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y in New York, he is executive editor of The New Criterion. He is currently at work on a libretto of The Last Tycoon for composer Cyril Deaconoff and West Bay Opera.

Harris BeckerHarris Becker has had a rich and varied career as a guitarist and lutenist. He has performed extensively both as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe, South America, Mexico and Canada. His interest in contemporary music has offered him the opportunity to premiere many new solo and ensemble pieces. Among the composers who have dedicated works to him are Carlo Domeniconi, Hayley Savage, Raoul Pleskow, Howard Rovics and the microtonal composer Johnny Reinhard. Most recently he premiered new works by Michael Frassetti, Richard Iacona and the“Harrisdale Concerto” by Alan Hirsh for violin/saw and guitar. Mr. Becker is director of guitar studies at LIU Post, is on the music faculty at Nassau Community College, and has been on the music faculties of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College and Director of Music for Mixed Ensembles at the International Institute for Chamber Music at the Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich. The Florida State Division of Cultural Affairs selected Mr. Becker to be part of Florida’s Artist Residency Program, giving lecture/performances on the lute and baroque guitar. In 2007 he received a faculty recognition award for outstanding service from the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Long Island University.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.