Poetry Forum: Led by Ruth Goring – Fourth Sundays Poetry Workshop 9-26-10


Evanston Public Library

Church & Orrington

1:30-4:30 — Room 108

Past leaders and readers and all poets welcome. Drop in, have poems critiqued, and participate in an ongoing discussion of poetry and poetics.  Sessions are free* and no registration is required.

Ruth Goring, senior manuscript editor in the books division at University of Chicago Press, loves the Rhino Poetry Forum and has been attending for years. For several seasons she also facilitated the Poetry Center of Chicago’s Big Table peer workshop (which she hears is likely to be revived soon, hurray!). She has published one collection, Yellow Doors (WordFarm, 2004), and her poems have also appeared (or will soon) in Comstock Review, CALYX, Raving Dove, The Externalist, protestpoems.org, Alligator Juniper, Chicago Quarterly Review, Verse Wisconsin, and elsewhere. She’s beginning to shop around her second manuscript, a collection of poems set in Colombia, South America, where she grew up.

Topic: Breaking Our Readers’ Hearts
Poems of witness and protest are some of the hardest to write. How do we move beyond ranting to create work (individual poems and whole books) that is textured and evocative while sounding a compelling call to justice and peace? Ruth will condense some of the most helpful pointers and guidelines she gleaned from Martín Espada’s 2009 poetry manuscript class at the annual writers’ workshop of the Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences (UMass Boston). More broadly, she’ll talk about the value of communities of socially conscious poets. If you have recently written a poem protesting war or oppression, bring it for appreciation and critique!

Bring 17 or more copies (no longer than two pages) of work you want critiqued.

*$5 – $10 donation appreciated

This project has been partially supported by a grant from Poets & Writers, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

RHINO Reads! – Open Mic & Featured Poets Valerie Wallace and Donna Vorreyer 9-24-10

Open Mike           6:00 – 6:30

Featured Poets       6:45 – 7:30

Brothers K

500 Main St.

Evanston, IL


Valerie Wallace‘s poems appear most recently in Waccamaw, Margie, Potomac, Valparaiso Review, and Santa Clara Review.  She received awards from the Illinois Arts Council and Illinois Center for the Book, and fellowships from Writers in the Heartland and Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Valerie works with the Afghan Women’s Writing Project, is an associate editor of RHINO Poetry, and leads poetry workshops throughout Chicago.

Donna Vorreyer‘s poetry has appeared in many journals including New York Quarterly, Cider Press Review, Apparatus, Umbrella, qarrtsiluni, and After Hours.  Her chapbook Womb/Seed/Fruit is available from Finishing Line Press.  Donna spends her days teaching middle school, trying to convince teenagers that words matter.  Visit her online: www.donnavorreyer.com.