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

We had the pleasure of ending our 2011 inaugural season of the Studio Series with a moving, retrospective poetry reading by W.F. Lantry, and a fine set of performances by Gabriel Schaff and Kathleen Riley celebrating the composers of 1810, including pieces by Chopin, Wagner, and Lizst.

Playlist: Studio Series 11/26/2011

After the last chairs were brought out to accommodate the sold-out crowd, host Annabelle Moseley welcomed our audience and performers, and introduced Gabriel Schaff on violin and Kathleen Riley on piano, as they took the stage with a selection of works for violin and piano. Following the music, W.F. Lantry gave a fine reading, filled with glimpses of moving moments along his life’s journey. Our evening closed with a rousing second set of music for violin and piano, and our open mic session.

We at String Poet would like to thank all of our poets, musical guests, and our audience for making this first season of the Studio Series a resounding success, and invite you to look forward to our 2012 season when it resumes in February. See you then!

NYSCA LogoThis event was funded in part by Poets and Writers, Inc. with public funds from New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

"Seated Nude" by Alfred Moskowitz
Playlist: Rhina Espaillat 8/6/2011

Those in attendance at the Studio Series in August were treated to a wonderful convergence of the arts, as poet Rhina P. Espaillat and lutenist Christopher Morrongiello filled the evening with poetry and music.

Christopher Morrongiello began the evening with a set of music from the year 1592 on alto lute, taking the time to explain some aspects of his performance as he prepared his set.

Host Annabelle Moseley introduced Rhina Espaillat, who continued the dialogue between music and poetry. During intermission, those in attendance admired Alfred Moskowitz’s sculpture, “Seated Nude”, which was on display in the Great Room. After the intermission, Rhina continued her reading, including some of her translations of St. John of the Cross. The evening concluded with a second set of music by Christopher Morrongiello, performing on tenor lute pieces by John Dowland. During this set, Annabelle Moseley read “If Music and Sweet Poetry Agree”, which is attributed to Richard Barnfield.

Violins at the Long Island Violin Shop

On Saturday, October 29th, those who braved the weather to experience and support the live arts were rewarded with a beautiful conversation of poetry and music. Due to the unusually severe October snowstorm that struck Pennsylvania, Barbara Crooker was not able make this event.

Dale Stuckenbruck, Annabelle Moseley, and Haewon KimThe evening began as host Annabelle Moseley welcomed the audience and introduced the Kim-Stuckenbruck duo of Haewon Kim and Dale Stuckenbruck. Haewon Kim performed on a Steinway Boston Baby Grand piano provided by Steinway & Sons Used Piano Gallery in Melville, while Dale Stuckenbruck performed on his violin made by none other than Charles Rufino. It was a delight to hear such a virtuosic performance in the intimate space of the Great Room.

Poet Annabelle Moseley followed, continuing the the autumnal themes of beauty and loss with a series of moving, musical poems spanning her collection of five chapbooks, as well as her forthcoming full-length collection.

Saturday, September 24th, 5:00 PM

Host Annabelle Moseley welcomed the crowd and introduced Harris Becker, who performed delightful music on baroque guitar, an instrument beautiful to behold. Annabelle then introduced George Held and Barbara Novack, each of whom delighted the crowd. An intermission followed, and the mood was high-spirited and congenial, as books and CDs were sold, and the room was filled with conversation and laughter.

The second half of the evening began with the poetry of Barbara Novack, followed by George Held. Their poetry was polished and moving, and were resonant with themes of human relationships and the beauty of nature. Harris Becker concluded this portion of the evening on classical guitar, performing the U.S. debut of “Three Moods for Guitar” by Michael Frassetti.

The evening concluded with a particularly memorable open mic, inspired by George Held’s poem about the moon. Several open mic participants had ready their own moon poems, and a joyful lunacy ensued. NYSCA LogoHost Annabelle Moseley joined with her poem, “The Moon is a Lemon.”

Many thanks to all who made the evening so wonderful.

This event was funded in part by Poets and Writers, Inc. with public funds from New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

Violin and Piano - photo by Belenna Mesa Lauto

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.

Playlist: 2011 String Poet Award Ceremony

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.



Our evening of Irish-inspired poetry and music was complemented by the Irish weather on Saturday, complete with mist, rain, and wind. Inside the Great Room at the Long Island Violin Shop, the atmosphere was warm and welcoming.

Playlist: Poetry 4/16/2011

httpvp:// Our host, Annabelle Moseley, started the evening with a reading of “Tremolo”, by Micheal O’Siadhail, along with her poem “Words Wandering in an Irish Forest”.

Cady Finlayson and Vita Tanga then started their first set, and played some wonderful tunes, including their Grand Canyon Set, including “Dunmore Lassies” and “Hector the Hero”. Following this performance was Claire Nicolas White, first reading W.B. Yeats, and then her own poetry. After the intermission, Claire Nicolas White completed her reading. Cady and Vita then took the stage once again for another rousing set of tunes for guitar and 5-string fiddle. Thanks again to St. Hugh of Lincoln Church for providing seating for this event.

bass bridge at the Long Island Violin Shop

Yesterday’s performance, “Music and Poetry of Healing”, was a wonderful evening of music and poetry and a huge success, as an enthusiastic and responsive crowd filled the Great Room.

Playlist: Annabelle Moseley 4/9/2011

Playlist: Patti Tana 4/9/2011

httpvp:// Pedro de Alcantara, Annabelle Moseley, and Patti Tana performed in front of a packed house at the Long Island Violin Shop. The theme of the evening was the artistic expression of grief and healing. Featured poets Annabelle Moseley and Patti Tana found common themes in their poetry, including the healing power of the beach, and the bond of marriage. Similar themes were found in the open mic performances, even those not prepared for the healing theme.
The evening started with a haunting and primal performance by Pedro de Alcantara, as he explored the resonance and harmonics of the baby grand piano and his voice. We continued with the healing poetry of Moseley and Tana, and then took a brief intermission. We returned for a cello and voice performance by Pedro de Alcantara. Our host Annabelle Moseley then introduced our open mic performers.  Many thanks to St. Hugh of Lincoln Church for providing chairs for this event.


black and white collage with ink drawing, cira early 90s by John Digby
Playlist: Cathy Callis and Poems About Music 6/24/2011

Cathy Callis
Cathy Callis

Cathy Callis is an award-winning pianist, teacher, coach and consultant. She serves on the music faculty of Queens College and Hofstra University, and is an independent piano teacher on Long Island.  A grand prize winner of the International Recording Competition sponsored by the American College of Musicians for a performance of George Crumb’s Makrokosmos, Volume I, Dr. Callis is an adjudicator for the National Guild of Piano Teachers, an artist for the Ohio Arts Council’s Arts in Education, and a recipient of a Performer’s Certificate and Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the Eastman School of Music. A performance at Steinway Hall, New York City, was highly acclaimed for both her musical performance and for her commentary on the traditional listening experience and musical perception.  The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle wrote “Cathy Callis turns technique into musical gold.”

Richard Bronson
Richard Bronson
Richard Bronson is on the faculty of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care & Bioethics at Stony Brook. He serves on the Boards of the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association and the Long Island Poetry Collective. Bronson has won the 2003 poetry prize of the American College of Physicians and the 2005 prize of the Institute for Medicine in Contemporary Society. His poems have appeared in The Lancet, JAMA, Canadian Medical Association Journal, and the Annals of Internal Medicine

Sandy McIntosh
Sandy McIntosh
Sandy McIntosh is the publisher of Marsh Hawk Press. His newest poetry collection is Ernesta, In the Style of the Flamenco. He is also the author of 237 More Reasons to Have Sex (with Denise Duhamel), and Forty-Nine Guaranteed Ways To Escape Death. His poetry and essays have been published in The New York Times, Newsday, The Nation, The Wall Street Journal, and American Book Review. His original poetry in a film script won the Silver Medal in the Film Festival of the Americas. He was for a decade Managing Editor of Confrontation magazine.

Annabelle Moseley
Annabelle Moseley
String Poet Founder and Editor Annabelle Moseley is an award-winning poet and author. She became the first Writer in Residence of the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association from 2009-2010. She has published five chapbooks of poetry, a young adult fiction novel, and a children’s book of hero fables. Her first full-length poetry manuscript, titled The Clock of the Long Now : Time Travel in Verse, has been selected for publication in early 2012 by WordTech Communications, under the David Robert Books imprint.

Pramila Venkateswaran
Pramila Venkateswaran
Pramila 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.
bass bridge at the Long Island Violin Shop

We had another great event on Friday, March 25th. The award-winning poet Kim Bridgford was our featured guest, with musical performance by Serenade Duo.

Playlist: Serenade Duo 3/25/2011

Playlist: Kim Bridgford 3/25/2011

Host Annabelle Moseley welcomed the crowd, then introduced Serenade Duo. Guitarist Gerry Saulter and Flutist Michelle LaPorte performed beautiful pieces by such composers as Astor Piazzolla, father of New Tango.

Annabelle then introduced poet, editor and critic, Kim Bridgford, Director of the West Chester University Poetry Center, who had traveled from Philadelphia for this event.

Kim gave a dazzling reading, delighting the crowd with both her sonnets and her free verse. Her poetry spanned a wide range of emotion from moving to humorous. The event closed with an open mic.

After the open mic, the artistic atmosphere remained. As Kim Bridgford signed and sold books at the counter, a circle of people sat discussing poetry, music, and spontaneously sharing songs – creating a very joyful sound that resonated among the violins and cellos.

String Poet would like to thank local businesses for their support of String Poet Studio Series. Reinwald’s Bakery contributed the delicious cookies, and Saint Patrick’s School provided chairs.