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

Francisco De Goya's "Euterpe"

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).