Poetry Forum Workshop Led by Joanna Kurowska – 1-26-14



Evanston Public Library
Church & Orrington
1:30-4:30 — Third Floor Seminar Room (NOTE ROOM CHANGE)

Joanna Kurowska, Ph.D. is the author of five poetry volumes, most recently The Wall & Beyond, eLectio Publishing, 2012; Inclusions (forthcoming 2014, Cervena Barva Press), and The Butterfly’s Choice (forthcoming 2015, Broadstone Media). Her work appeared in American and European journals such as Apple Valley Review, Atticus, Bateau, Christianity and Literature, International Poetry Review, Kultura (Paris), Levure littéraire, Off The Coast, Room, Solo, Tipton Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. Joanna has taught language and literature at several American universities, including the University of Chicago, Indiana University, and Loyola University (Chicago). For more information please visit her website http://joanna-kurowska.com



How is history, or any notion of the times we live in, reflected in our writing? Can our poems be unrelated to history? In James Cummins’s poem, “The Snipers”, a father quarrels with a son at a church picnic, aggression rising as the theme; it happens that the father fought in Normandy, the son in Vietnam. There are many overt and subtle examples of how our personal experience is rooted in our own, but also in a larger, history. We’ll look at a few Polish and American poets to see how, whether or not intended, history turns up at the language and image levels in the work of others and in our own work.

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.


Prizes, quixotic ventures, and belief in valuing poets – a note from Ralph Hamilton

ralph hamiltonOur editors prizes cost us approximately $500 a year, and for us that is real money, as folks used to say when I was a boy.  That said, poets are so undervalued (in numerous ways) in our society, that I stand by the idea that a poetry journal should, in some small way (if it is able), try to redress that.  The amounts are symbolic for most winners, but I believe symbols matter.
Havel said “Belief precedes reality” and I think of the prizes as a kind of belief, a statement of faith however tattered, however small, that the work being acknowledged truly matters and that our recognition of that fact somehow establishes a beachhead in the world for the reality of its significance to be recognized more broadly.  Perhaps quixotic, I know.  But what is a poetry journal in our time if not a quixotic venture, even as it remains as necessary as oxygen to our culture (and to some of our individual lives)?

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Thank you to all who have supported RHINO in 2013 and who have donated and supported RHINO for the year ahead.

Ralph Hamilton
Editor in Chief, RHINO