RHINO Reads! Open mic and featured readers Valerie Wallace and Rachel Jamison Webster 2-28-14

Valerie for the Reader

Valerie Wallace



Rachel Jamison Webster

Open Mike        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Poets        6:45 pm – 7:30 pm

Brothers K

500 Main St.




Valerie Wallace teaches poetry at the Newberry Library and City Colleges of Chicago and is an associate editor with RHINO. She also serves on the advisory board and as a mentor for the Afghan Women’s Writing Project.  Her work was chosen by Margaret Atwood for the 2012 Atty Award, and has been supported most recently by the Midwest Writers Center, Ragdale Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, the Barbara Deming Fund for Women, and the Illinois Arts Council. She is the author of a chapbook, The Dictators’ Guide to Good Housekeeping  (Dancing Girl Press 2011).

Rachel Jamison Webster grew up in the small town of Madison, Ohio, on Lake Erie and now lives in Evanston, Illinois, where she teaches at Northwestern University. She is the author of September: Poems, (Northwestern University Press 2013), and a chapbook, The Blue Grotto (Dancing Girl Press 2009). For several years, she designed and taught writing workshops for urban youth, helping to develop Words 37 with Chicago’s First Lady Maggie Daley and co-editing two anthologies of writing by young Chicagoans, Alchemy (2001) and Paper Atrium (2005). Rachel is also the editor and director of the online anthology of international poetry, UniVerse. Her most recent work with UniVerse has involved creating a radio series about poetry for Chicago Public Radio, called “The Gift.”


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RHINO awards Shahram Shahidi and Thad Correa 2014 Translation Prize

The RHINO Translation Prize is an occasional prize awarded for a poem or flash-fiction piece published in that year’s annual.

RHINO 2014 issue happily features several translations, and this year we award the Translation Prize to Shahram Shahidi, translator, and Thad Correa, editor, who translated from the Persian by Alireza Taheri Araghi, “Peace Before Cigarette Butt Storm”.

Congratulations, 2014 Editors Prize Winner Brandon Krieg, 2nd Place winner P. Scott Cunningham, and Honorable Mentions C. Ann Kodra and Octavio Quintanilla

Every year the Editors of RHINO Poetry select works out of all of the submissions for that year for those that have had the greatest impact on us, and award them the Editors’ Prize. No application process is necessary. In 2014, the winners are:


First Prize: Brandon Krieg for “Comedy of Mirrors”


Second Prize: P. Scott Cunningham for “Planet Earth”


Honorable Mentions: C. Ann Kodra for “Dowsing” (not pictured) and Octavio Quintanilla for “Tell Them Love is Found”

Their work will appear in RHINO 2014 (and available on our website), scheduled for release (as always) in April, National Poetry Month.


Poetry Forum Workshop led by Jackie K. White 2-23-14



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

Jackie K. White, Associate Professor at Lewis University, earned her PhD in Creative Writing (poetry) from UIC with concentrations in Latino/Latin American and Women’s Studies. An editor with RHINO for 9 years, she currently serves as a faculty advisor for Jet Fuel Review. Her poems and translations have appeared in numerous print and online journals, such as ACM, Bayou, Bluestem, Fifth Wednesday, Folio, prosepoem.com, Spoon River, SuperstitionReview.com, and Third Coast. Her chapbook Bestiary Charming won the 2006 Anabiosis Press award; Petal Tearing & Variations was published by Finishing Line in 2008, and Come Clearing with Dancing Girl Press, 2012. She is a native Illinoisan in love with Chicago, prairie, and Puerto Rico. Co-translator of Rondón’s History of Salsa, she is currently translating Vicioso’s Essays on Caribbean Women Writers.

Topic:  “Cold-hearted elegy: writing poems of loss”. In this workshop, we will discuss a few elegies, and the techniques that make the individual (the poet’s) loss universally relevant — by offering fresh insights into the experience of grief and moving the reader to share that grief in ways that go beyond sentimentality, singularity, and cliché. As time allows, participants can begin crafting an elegiac poem.


No registration required.

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.