Poetry Forum Led by Maureen Tolman Flannery – Fourth Sunday Workshop – April 28, 2013

COME AND TRY OUT YOUR NEW WORK ON US!

Evanston Public Library
Church & Orrington
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1:30-4:30 — Room 108

Maureen Tolman Flannery’s most recent volume of poems is Tunnel into Morning. Her other books includeDestiny Whispers to the Beloved, A Fine Line, and the Pulitzer-Prize-nominated Ancestors in the Landscape.Although she grew up in a Wyoming sheep ranch family, Maureen and her actor husband Dan have raised their four children in Chicago. Her poems have appeared in fifty anthologies and two hundred literary reviews, including Birmingham Poetry Review, Xavier Review, Calyx, PedestalAtlanta Review, Karamu, North American Review, Poetry East, and Santa Fe Literary Review.

TOPIC:  Once more, THE VILLANELLE

The Villanelle is a form that, with wise early choices, almost writes itself. Enhance it by making the repetition and rhyme scheme serve the meaning and the mood.  Increase the music with the use of assonance and internal rhyme. We’ll take a fresh look at how the masters have utilized and manipulated the form, or taken liberties you may want to emulate or expand on, in making the Villanelle work for you.

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

This project is partially supported by grants from:   Poets & Writers, the Illinois Arts Council

and The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

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Paladin Award 2013 – Barry Silesky

The Paladin Award

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

Given by the Editors of RHINO

Photos from the 2013 Presentation.

Barry Silesky was born in Minneapolis, MN, but came to Chicago to attend to Northwestern University (BA) and the University of Illinois at Chicago (MA).  He was the founding Editor of ACM (Another Chicago Magazine) and has taught at both the School of the Art Institute and Loyola University Chicago.  For many years, Barry also taught a workshop out of his home. Barry’s long list of publications includes collections of poetry, short prose, and biographies: The New Tenants (1992),One Thing That Can Save Us (1994), This Disease: Poems (2006), Ferlinghetti, The Artist in His Time (1990), and John Gardner, Literary Outlaw (2004).  Barry is a leader in the Chicago poetry community and has always been committed to the intersection of poetry and politics, art and activism.  He has also mentored many local poets and nurtured the careers of countless others.

Read about past Paladin Award winners.

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RHINO Reads! 3-29-13 Open Mic & Featured Poets Ching-In Chen and Elizabeth Joy Levinson

Open Mike        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Poets        6:45 pm – 7:30 pm

Brothers K

500 Main St.

Evanston

Directions

Ching-In Chen is the author of The Heart’s Traffic and co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities.  A Kundiman and Lambda Fellow, Ching-In is part of Macondo, VONA and Theatrical Jazz writing communities. They have worked in San Francisco, Oakland, Riverside, and Boston’s Asian American communities. They currently serves as cream city review‘s editor-in-chief.

Elizabeth Joy Levinson lives, teaches, and writes on the west side of Chicago.  Her work has appeared in several journals, including Grey Sparrow, Hobble Creek Review, Up the Staircase, and Apple Valley Review.  Her chapbook, As Wild Animals, is available through Dancing Girl Press.  She has an MFA in Poetry from Pacific University in Oregon.

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Poetry Forum Led by Michael Theune- Fourth Sunday Workshop – March 24, 2013

COME AND TRY OUT YOUR NEW WORK ON US!

Evanston Public Library
Church & Orrington
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1:30-4:30 — Room 108

Michael Theune is the editor of Structure and Surprise: Engaging Poetic Turns (Teachers & Writers, 2007) and host of the blog structureandsurprise.wordpress.com. Along with Kim Addonizio, he co-edits Voltage Poetry (voltagepoetry.com), an online anthology of poems with great turns, and discussion of those poems. Theune’s poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in numerous publications such as College EnglishJacket, and Pleiades, and books such as Mentor and Muse: From Poets to Poets (Southern Illinois University) and The Monkey & the Wrench: Essays into Contemporary Poetics (University of Akron). He is associate professor at Illinois Wesleyan University.

TOPIC:  Turn, Turn, Turn In The Art of Syntax, Ellen Bryant Voigt states, “The sonnet’s volta, or ‘turn’…has become an inherent expectation for most short lyric poems.” We will examine the poetic turn–the ways that it gives shape, movement, and power to a poem, and  is central to what poems are and, even more importantly, what they do. We will use resources such as the Structure & Surprise blog (available atstructureandsurprise.wordpress.com) and the Voltage Poetry project, an online anthology (available at voltagepoetry.com) that collects poems with great—surprising, subtle, and/or sublime—turns, to inspire our own thrilling turns.

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

This project is partially supported by grants from:   Poets & Writers, the Illinois Arts Council

and The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

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