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Poetry award, music Friday night in Huntington

Former New Hampshire poet laureate, Pat Fargnoli, will

Former New Hampshire poet laureate, Pat Fargnoli, will share work at the 2011 String Poet Prize Awards Ceremony May 27, 2011, at The Long Island Violin Shop in Huntington. Photo Credit: Handout

Music and poetry combine tonight in Huntington at the first annual String Poet Prize Award ceremony.

Featured readers include a former New Hampshire poet laureate, Pat Fargnoli; String Poet founder Annabelle Moseley; and prize-winner and Long Island poet Pramila Venkateswaran at the Long Island Violin Shop event.

Venkateswaran was selected as a one of about 20 finalists by Moseley, and awarded the prize by Fargnoli.

“I liked the musicality of the poem. It’s literally about a dance, but it metaphorically dances as well,” Moseley said of the poem, called “Kummi Dance,” about a ceremonial dance during the festival season in India.

Composer Beth Anderson will present a piece inspired by the poem on piano, while David Wong plays the violin. Additional guest readers include W.F. Lantry, George H. Northrup and Francine Sterle.

So, why check out the event?

“It’s important to keep excitement with the power of words; to involve the community,” Moseley says. “To not just keep poetry in the ivory tower or for other poets, but to reach a hand out to young people and everyone to say that poetry does matter.”

WHEN / WHERE 7 p.m. tonight at The Long Island Violin Shop, 8 Elm St., Huntington
COST $10, limited seating.
INFO 631-427-3569 or see http://www.stringpoet.com

Above, the former New Hampshire poet laureate Pat Fargnoli

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