RHINO Reads! Open Mic & Featured Readers Jakob VanLammeren & Parneshia Jones 10-26-12

Open Mike        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Poets        6:45 pm – 7:30 pm

Brothers K

500 Main St.

Evanston, IL


Jakob VanLammeren lives in Chicago, where he works as an archivist and is currently enrolled in Dominican University’s Master of Library and Information Science program. He earned his MFA in poetry from Bennington College. His poems appear in burntdistrict, Chicago IRL, diode, Explosion Proof Magazine, Gigantic Sequins, Hanging Loose magazine, and Pebble Lake Review. He is a Libra.

Parneshia Jones is a recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award, the Margaret Walker Short Story Award; and the Aquarius Press Legacy Award. She is published in several anthologies including She Walks in Beauty: A Woman’s Journey Through Poems, edited by Caroline Kennedy; The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, edited by Nikky Finney, as well as Poetry Speaks Who I Am, a book/CD compilation. Jones is a member of the Affrilachian Poets, a collective of Black voices from Appalachia and serves on the board of Cave Canem. She studied creative writing at Chicago State University, earned an MFA from Spalding University, and studied publishing at Yale University. She is completing her first collection of poetry, Waiting for Hurricanes.

Parneshia Jones’s photo by David Flores. (c) Affrilachian Poets.

Poetry Forum Led by Laura M. Dixon – Fourth Sunday Poetry Workshop – October 28, 2012


Evanston Public Library

Church & Orrington

1:30-4:30 — Room 108

Laura M. Dixon earned her M.F.A. in poetry from the James A. Michener Center for Writers at The University of Texas at Austin, where she also served as Associate Editor of Bat City Review. She has held writer’s residencies at Hambidge and at Byrdcliffe. Her work has appeared in RHINOPainted Bride QuarterlyMakeout Creek,Georgetown Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Oak Park with her husband, Chris, their son, Gabriel, and their dog, Merwin.

TOPIC:   Strangeness and Accessibility: The Poetry of Michael Burkard. A discussion about material that cannot be entirely deciphered or explained and how to find footholds within such uncertain terrain; how enigmatic poems can invite the reader in and impart something that feels substantial and meaningful.

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.