RHINO Reads! Open Mic and Featured Poets David Scronce, Susan Yount, and Joshua Corey 6-24-11

Open Mike        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Poets       6:45 pm – 7:30 pm

Brothers K

500 Main St.

Evanston, IL


Special appearance by San Francisco Poet David Scronce!

Susan Yount (aka Sissy) was born and raised on a 164-acre farm in Southern Indiana where she learned to drive a tractor, harvest crops, feed the chickens and hug her beloved goat, Cinnamon. Soon after receiving her BA from Indiana University in Photo-Journalism, she married a physicist and moved to Ohio. While attending Kent State University as a guest graduate, she worked at the largest flour mill in northeast Ohio where she kept those Accounts Receivables up-to-date (no small feat, that!). Recently moved, she and her husband built a home on the south side of Chicago with a view of the Sears Tower. In the middle of the upheaval she found time to give birth to a bouncy baby boy! She is the Editor and Publisher of Arsenic Lobster and works (for pay!) at the Associated Press. Having begun graduate studies in poetry at Columbia College in Chicago, she now balances her studies with work, her new home and her delightful baby. Only Mimi Mousy Tongue knows what Susan will be doing next and she’s not talking. Her poetry has appeared in several print and online magazines including Elixir, Bathtub Gin, Wicked Alice, Verse Daily and The Chaffin Journal. Susan is a 2003 recipient of The Lynda Hull Memorial Scholarship in Poetry. In 2010 she was awarded first prize in the 16th Annual Juried Reading competition at The Poetry Center Of Chicago. In her spare (!) time she moonlights as the Madame at the Chicago Poetry Brothel.

Joshua Corey is a poet, writer, teacher, dad, and (ahem) the Gustav E. Beerly, Jr. Assistant Professor of English at Lake Forest College. “Joshua Corey’s book of sonnets (Severance Songs) is formally playful and emotionally raw, with an intensity of expression that is at times harrowing. . . . [A]n extraordinary volume.” —Paul Hoover

Poetry Forum: Led by Allan Johnston – Fourth Sundays Poetry Workshop 6-26-11


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.

Allan Johnston’s poems have been published in Poetry, Poetry East, Rhino, and over sixty other journals.  He is the author of Tasks of Survival and of Northport, a collection of poems about his life in the Pacific Northwest in the 1970s, and is a recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, Pushcart Prize nomination (2009), and First Prize in the 2010 Outrider Press Literary Anthology Poetry Contest.  He has also received honorable mentions or placed as a finalist in contests featured by New Letters, The Academy of American Poets, Salute to the Arts, and the Roberts Writing Foundation.  Originally from California, he earned his M.A. in Creative Writing and his Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Davis, and now teaches writing and literature at Columbia College and DePaul University in Chicago.  He currently serves as a reader for the Illinois Emerging Poets competition and for Word River, and is editor of the Journal for the Philosophical Study of Education.  In the past he has worked as a sheepherder, shake splitter, roofer, forest fire fighter, Indian cook, and photographer, among other occupations.


Who am I?  No, this is not necessarily the path to enlightenment, though apparently it worked for the Ramana Maharshi.  The question posed here is, What do we mean by the “I” that dominates so much of poetry?  Is the “I” in a poem lyrical, narrative, autobiographical, dramatic, or some combination of these?  How does “I” function as a linguistic device and aesthetic center?  Is “I” someone other than “us” in the poem, as Rimbaud famously suggested when he wrote that “I is an other” (“je est un autre”)? What do we mean when we suggest that “I” am a character in my poem?
This workshop will consider lyric, autobiographical, narrative, and dramatic uses of “I” as a central structuring device in poetry.  I encourage everyone to bring in work (your own or someone else’s), as well as works with other points of view, even poems that shift points of view.  I will provide some autobiographical, narrative and dramatic examples, including samples of revision.

Bring 18 – 20 copies of a poem (2 page limit) you want critiqued.*$5 – $10 donation appreciated.

This project has been partially supported by grants from Poets & Writers and the Illinois Arts Council.