RHINO at Printers’ Row Lit Fest – June 8-9, 2013

Stop by our table by for one of our famous poem bookmarks and other RHINO swag! – plus
Back issues only $6!
RHINO 2013 only $14!

We’d love to see you!


We will be at table 122, the same table we were at last year. It is located on Dearborn Street, near Printers Row Park and the Kids Stage.


in which we mention astonishment – Lit Bridge interviews RHINO

Lit Bridge is an online “space dedicated to the professionalization of contemporary writers. Each element of the site looks to aid poets, fiction writers, and essayists at every stage of their careers”.

Lit Bridge recently interviewed RHINO about what we look for, our niche in publishing, our aesthetic, and other inside the studio stuff. Read the full interview here and check out all their resources for writers!


What makes RHINO a unique part of the publishing community?

We’re independent and all-volunteer, since 1978. Our metier is excellence in original poetry, translations of poetry, and flash fiction (under 750 words).  We’re still a print-only journal, beautifully bound and designed.  Each annual showcases about 110 poems, culled from about 10,000 submissions. And our editors are working poets; we meet at least twice a month, so the annual journal we produce is composed in a very collaborative manner.

Though we exist primarily to publish our journal, we also support our community, contributors, and readers with 2 monthly reading and workshop series . . . . click here to go to the full interview

What sort of qualities do you look for in a manuscript or piece of work that you are considering for publication?

We look to be delighted and/or profoundly moved by a submission. We love to be surprised — astonished, even – and to learn something new that writing can do.

Do you have a specific aesthetic preference? How would you describe that aesthetic?

We’re really just looking for the best poetry, regardless of style or provenance.  We’re proud that each year we publish pieces by well-known poets alongside emerging poets and those from countries outside the United States. Page through any RHINO and you’ll find work in the realms of traditional, experimental, formal, narrative, lyric, anti-lyric, collaborative, witness, translations, and more.

We also rely on the auditory experience of the poem.  Each poem in the journal was first read aloud at an editorial meeting. Poems which can be felt from the page and through the ear serve our pleasure, and, we hope, of our readers.

Click here to go to the full interview.

RHINO Reads! 5-31-13 Open Mic and Featured Poets Amy Lipman and Lee Sharkey

Open Mike        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Poets        6:45 pm – 7:30 pm

Brothers K

500 Main St.



Amy Lipman lives and works in Chicago and is an MFA candidate at Columbia College. Her work has appeared in The Deadline and Cicada Magazine.

Lee Sharkey is the author of the recently released Calendars of Fire (Tupelo, 2013), A Darker, Sweeter String (Off the Grid, 2008), and eight earlier full-length poetry collections and chapbooks. Her poems have appeared recently in Consequence, Crazyhorse, FIELD, Kenyon Review, Nimrod, The Pinch, and The Seattle Review. Her awards include the Maine Arts Commission’s 2010 Fellowship in Literary Arts, the 1997 Rainmaker Award in Poetry, and the Abraham Sutzkever Centennial Translation Prize. She lives in the woods near Farmington, Maine, where she co-edits the Beloit Poetry Journal.


Poetry Forum Workshop Led by Hannah Gamble – THIRD Sunday 5-19-13

Note: This forum is meeting the third Sunday of the month (instead of the typical fourth Sunday).


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

Hannah Gamble is the author of Your Invitation to a Modest Breakfast, selected by Bernadette Mayer for the 2011 National Poetry Series and published by Fence Books. She has been a guest on podcasts such as Radio Free Albion with Chicago poet Tony Trigilio and Portland’s Late Night Library with Paul Martone. Her poems appear in recent issues of The Laurel Review, Forklift Ohio, and jubilat. You can find her blogs and online articles at the Poetry Foundation and the Poetry Society of America.

Topic: This forum will explore a writer’s creation-anxiety as the primary source of writer’s block and will examine surrealist game techniques, collaborative poetry, and imitation as reliable methods of overcoming this very common challenge to a writer’s productivity and enjoyment of the craft.

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.