“deeply concerned with language and the world around us…..” –

We’re so pleased that our 2012 Issue inspired this thoughtful, cranky, intelligent, and generous blog post on the state of poetry today, written by Amorak Huey (one of our 2012 contributors).

“There is plenty of ridiculously good poetry being written right now, and it’s easier than ever to find good, exciting, new poems to read. I do not understand the compulsion of the Perloffs and Dana Gioias and John Barrs and their ilk to focus on poems they don’t like and to extrapolate therefrom that we live in a woeful era for verse. Look, if you don’t like a poem or poet, move on ………………..

“The poems in this issue of RHINO do not build toward clever little epiphanies or pithy bits of wisdom. They are not unified in subject matter or style. They evoke and echo our times. The recession is in here, and so are punk rock and Don Knotts and sex and death and autumn and childhood and longing and Pound and James Wright and macaroni salad. ”

from his blog “The Reading Life”- enjoy the post in its entirety here – Marjorie Perloff is wrong, and RHINO proves it

We welcome your comments!

Wheee!! We love reading poems and we write ’em too…..

Editor & Intern Literary News

Virginia Bell‘s poetry appeared in the Spring 2012 issues of Calyx and The Mom Egg.  Her first book, From the Belly, is forthcoming from Sibling Rivalry Press in September 2012.

Jan Bottiglieri‘s poem “Migratory” was a finalist in Broad River Review’s Rash Poetry Contest, her story “Saint Mandy of the Short Stack”  won the Hubris Press Flash Fiction contest, and her chapbook “Hidden Constellation” was a finalist in the Bateau Press Boom Poetry Chapbook contest.  In September she placed second in the Chicago Poetry Pentathlon event. She read with Virginia Bell at the Northwest Cultural Council Artists Reception in Nov. 2011; as a featured reader at Cafe Ballou in Dec. 2011; with poets Larry Janowski, Tony Trigilio and Chris Green in Feb. 2012; at the Court Green release party in March 2012; and (with Ladan Osman) at Rhino Reads! in May 2012. In Dec. 2011 Jan led a NWCC workshop on “Exploring the Ghazal”, and she was a guest speaker at Palatine High School’s Writer Day event in May 2012. Her poems have appeared recently in Projector, Fall 2011; Harpur Palate, Fall 2011; Atticus Review, October 2011; Jet Fuel Review, Winter 2011; Apercus Quarterly, Winter 2011; Rattle, Winter 2011; Court Green, Spring 2012; and the anthology “Sunrise From Blue Thunder,” published by Pirene’s Fountain as a response to the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.
Helen Degen Cohen has a poem from her collection, Habry (The End of Snow) up at Mayday Magazine, another piece (“Because Songs Are Like Children”) from her novel The Edge of the Field, forthcoming, as well as a chapbook forthcoming from Finishing Line Press, called Neruda Nights, which placed Second in the Finishing Line Open Competition and whose pre-sale will begin on July 31st.  Habry was the featured book in the on-line Goodreads Book Club in March, and a lengthy discussion of a poem from that book, “It’s been centuries since my parents died” is up at goodreads.com.
She will be teaching a poetry workshop for the Northwest Cultural Council on August 11th.
Carol H. Eding has two poems forthcoming in the Northwest Cultural Council chapbook project, an outgrowth of the Second Saturday Workshops program.

David Jones published a reminiscence of his 30 years at the Chicago Reader in the pages of their 40th Anniversary issue, archived at chicagoreader.com.  He recently workshopped a short story through the MFA program at Northwestern University which he is preparing for publication.  And he is currently writing weekly posts for the senior community in the Connected Living Blog at blog.connectedliving.com.

Jacob Saenz currently has work featured in a short play entitled “Air” as part of LiveWire Chicago Theatre’s VisionFest. His poem, “Sweeping the States,” has been selected to be included in the forthcoming anthology “The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine.”
Andrea Witzke Slot’s first poetry collection, To find a new beauty, was published by Gold Wake Press in April 2012.  A poem from the book was featured on Verse Daily in early June and the book made the top ten in two bestselling “Hot New Release” lists on Amazon.  She gave readings at such places as Collin College, The University of Texas at Dallas, the Writer’s Garret, Rhino Reads, and Woman Made Gallery, and taught workshops at The Chicago Public Library’s Poetry Fest, the Rhino Poetry Forum, and the Northwest Cultural Council.

Intern Liz Teahan has accepted internships with the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame as well as the Encyclopedia Show alongside her internship with RHINO and plans to study travel writing while abroad in Morocco next winter.
Angela Narciso Torres‘ recently published poems are available in the Baltimore Review (Winter 2012) , Cream City Review (Fall 2011) , YARN (April 2012) , and in the anthology, A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry.  She has work forthcoming in Colorado Review (Fall 2012), Pebble Lake Review (Spring/Summer 2012), and in the anthology Another and Another: An Anthology from the Grind Daily Writing Series. Her first book manuscript was shortlisted in the 2011 Philip Levine, Crab Orchard Open Series, and Brittingham/Pollak Poetry Prizes and is currently under publication consideration.
Valerie Wallace won the 2012 San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference Prize in Poetry and placed second for the Janice Farrel Poetry Prize. Recent poems include “Government Cheese” in Unsplendid, and “Jezebel” in A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry (University of Akron Press, 2012);  Eleven eleven will publish 2 of her poems in their Issue 13.  In November she’ll present a curated reading at Woman Made Gallery called “Woman Made Occupied”.
Intern Sarah Weber has just completed both the poetry and playwriting sequences at Northwestern University, and has been selected as a teaching assistant for the introductory playwriting class in the fall. She is spending her summer interning for Allium Press as well as RHINO.
Many of the editors also participated at a reading for Ragdale Day in a partnership with the Ragdale Foundation.

RHINO Reads! Open Mic & Featured Reader Kathleen Rooney 6-29-2012

Open Mike        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Poets        6:45 pm – 7:30 pm

Brothers K

500 Main St.

Evanston, IL


Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press, and the author of six books, including, most recently, For You, For You I Am Trilling These Songs. With Elisa Gabbert, she is the author of the That Tiny Insane Voluptuousness, and her first poetry collection, Oneiromance (an ephithalamion) won the Gatewood Prize from Switchback Books. She lives in Chicago and blogs at:  http://kathleenrooney.com/

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

RHINO Fast Facts!

Between 2001 – 2012 RHINO published approximately 1,035 poems !

About 10% of these contributors published in 2 or more issues during this 12-year period.

Translation Workshop/Poetry Forum: Led by Cynthia Hahn – Fourth Sunday Poetry Workshop 6-24-12


Evanston Public Library

Church & Orrington

1:30-4:30 — Room 108

Dr. Cynthia T. Hahn is a Professor of French and teaches language, French and francophone literatures and cultures, film, translation and creative writing in French at Lake Forest College. An editor for the College’s foreign language literary magazine, Collage for twenty years. Hahn has published original poetry in English and French in East On Central, The Christian Science Monitor, Matrix, Tusitala, Collage, a French-language anthology, La cendre des mots, and online at mistinthemag.com, highlandparkpoetry.org, makeitbetter.net andwww.peuplesmonde.com. Her chapbook, Outside-In-Sideout, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2010. She has also translated (French-English) poems and stories by French and African authors, as well as six novels by Algerian and Lebanese authors. Her research involves literary translation, French Canadian, North African and Middle Eastern women’s literature, and French film and the globalization of culture.

TOPIC: From French Poetic Inspiration to Translation. We will discuss using less common sources of influence — such as non-English poetry and translation — to reframe, or elaborate on, original ideas. In particular, we’ll look at some French poetic concepts and devices, through a sampling of French writers. In addition, the process of literary translation, as well as the process of translating one’s own poetry, will be discussed as a means of discovering and honing poetic voice. Attendees are encouraged to submit a couple of lines of original poetry (or no more than 35 words) at least one day prior to the workshop (send to: hahn@lakeforest.edu) for translation into French or from French, to personalize this discussion. Please note “Rhino workshop” in the heading of your submission and send poetic text in the body of the email to Hahn, not as an attachment.

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

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.

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