RHINO Reads! Open Mic & Featured Readers Andrea Witzke Slot and Ralph Hamilton 4-27-12

Open Mike        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Poets        6:45 pm – 7:30 pm

Brothers K

500 Main St.

Evanston, IL


Andrea Witzke Slot is the author of To find a new beauty (Gold Wake Press, 2012).  Her work has appeared in Borderlands: Texas Poetry ReviewTranslation ReviewWritten River: A Journal of Eco-PoeticsAlba: A Journal of Short PoetryThe Pacific ReviewSouthern Women’s ReviewTranslation Review, and Chiron Review, among other print and online journals. She teaches at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is an associate editor at Rhino Poetry as well as the book review editor at Fifth Wednesday Journal. She lives just outside of Chicago with her husband, the youngest of her five children/stepchildren, and her crazy West Highland Terrier, Macbeth.

Ralph Hamilton is editor of RHINO.

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

Paladin Award 2012 – Michael Anderson

The Paladin Award

“For extraordinary long-term contribution to the quality and progress of poetry in Illinois”

Given by the Editors of RHINO

The 2012 Paladin Award was given to Michael Anderson.

In his remarks Anderson thanked “Ralph and Helen and Deborah and all the wonderful Rhino people.  To me that’s the greatest part of this endeavor, the friendships I’ve enjoyed over the years. ”  Anderson  quoted the Frost poem Devotion:

The heart can think of no devotion

Greater than being shore to the ocean—

Holding the curve of one position,

Counting an endless repetition.

and went on to say, “When I thought of all the ways I’d been associated with Rhino over the years, first as a reader of the magazine, then published in it, then as Associate Editor, and now for the past several years as member of the Advisory Board—it just struck me that though all the roles had different names, they really were all one position: being shore to this great ocean.  And we’ve all been that, right?  We’ve all been there “holding the curve”; we have many, many roles, but one position.  That’s what is has been and that’s what it will be—onward.”

Michael Anderson’s association with RHINO goes back many years.  Just after moving to Evanston in 1998, he began attending the Sunday afternoon workshops and there met  Helen, Deborah, Alice, Kathleen, Jackie, Chris, Elizabeth and the rest of the wonderful Rhino gang. In the year 2000, he was pleased to be published in the journal.  He then joined the editorial board, serving as an Associate Editor for three years, beginning with the 2001 issue.  In 2007 Michael joined the Advisory Board and continues to serve in that capacity. He and his wife, Kay, have held Rhino events in their home, hosting book-release parties for Helen Degen-Cohen and Kathleen Kirk. In addition to his work with the journal, Michael is a regular supporter of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Remy Bumppo and other regional theaters.  He was pleased this year to be a sponsor of an opera written and produced by Evanston residents, John Austin and Christine Froula.  Heloise and Abelard premiered to critical acclaim in January at Harvard’s Memorial Church. Michael is a member of the board of trustees of the Unitarian Church of Evanston. He is a supporter of Interfaith Action and sponsors three inner-city high school students in a college-prep agency called US Empowered. Michael and his wife are owners of a management consulting firm, the Evanston Group, which they founded in 1999. They have three children, Lorna, Kev, Meg.  (Lorna also served for a time as an Associate Editor).

Read about past Paladin Award winners.

RHINO 2012 Release Party April 15!! Join us if you’re in the Chicago area!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

630 Clinton Place, Evanston, IL

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Questions? editors@rhinoopoetry.org

Featuring Illinois poets from RHINO 2012

Nina Corwin, Jeffrey Galbraith, Todd McCarty, Jennifer Moore, Erika L. Sánchez, Gregg Shapiro, Steven Teref, Lina ramona Vitkauskas,  Donna Vorreyer

Open mic for past contributors! (space will be limited)

RHINO 2012 & other delicious publications will be available for purchase & perusal.

Poetry Forum: Led by Wayne Allen Jones – Fourth Sundays Poetry Workshop 4-22-12


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.

Wayne Allen Jones, publisher of fractaledgepress, is active in Chicago’s open mic poetry performance scene. He has published three volumes of his own poetry, Stone Works, The A Poems, and Decades of Rehearsal. He has a PhD in English from Harvard, and won two Hopwood Awards at the University of Michigan. He taught English at University of Illinois, Chicago and then University of Miami. He spent 23 years in the computer industry.  He returned to Chicago in 2002, taught Writing for Psychologists at Roosevelt University and earned a Masters in Clinical Professional Psychology. He provides psychotherapy to older clients in Chicago nursing homes and elsewhere.  He is a member of the Poets Club of Chicago and the Waiting 4 the Bus Collective, and has been involved in several Chicago Calling Arts Festivals and Chicago Public Library Poetry Festivals.  In addition to his own books, he has published 25 books by primarily Chicago authors — most recently, Reliquary, by Jim Coppoc (2009) and Terrain of My Affection by Tisha Nemeth-Loomis (2010).

Topic: The Heuristic Power of Forms: Traditional forms and forms you invent for yourself can act as tools for discovery and ratcheting up the power of language and images.

Bring 17 or more copies (2 page limit) of a poem you want critiqued.*$5 – $10 donation appreciated.

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