Poetry Forum Workshop led by Al DeGenova 4-27-14


Evanston Public Library
Church & Orrington
1:30-4:30 — Third Floor Seminar Room (WE’LL BE BACK IN ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room – IN MAY.)


Albert DeGenova is a poet, editor, teacher,and blues saxophonist.  He is the author of two books of poetry, The Blueing Hours (2008) and Back Beat (2006), and two chapbooks, A Tender Spot (1992) and most recently Postcards to Jack (2010). Timberline Press will publish his third full-length book, A Good Hammer, in 2014.  From 1978-1980 he was an editor of the Oyez Review (published by Roosevelt University); in June of 2000 he launched the literary/arts journal After Hours, for which he continues as publisher and editor.  DeGenova is half of the performance poetry duo AvantRetro which appears throughout the Midwest and greater Chicago area. DeGenova received his MFA in Writing from Spalding University, Louisville.  He teaches at Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois, and is now co-leading the annual Norbert Blei Writing Workshop at The Clearing Folk School in Ellison Bay, Wisconsin.

TOPIC:  Prose Poems: The Thin Line. The online small press directory DuoTrope.com (alone) lists almost 1400 publications accepting prose poems and/or flash fiction.  This workshop will explore the difference between these genres by attempting to sharpen the thin line that separates the two.  We’ll examine sample pieces and offer some guidelines for divining one genre from the other.  Opinions vary, some say there is no difference; we can draw our own thin lines.

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.

RHINO Reads! Open mic and featured readers Rochelle Hurt, and Allison Joseph, winner of the Paladin Award 4-25-14



Open Mike        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Readers        6:45 pm – 7:30 pm

Brothers K

500 Main St.



Rochelle Hurt is the author of The Rusted City, a novel in poems published by White Pine Press (2014). Her work has been included in Best New Poets 2013, and she has been awarded literary prizes from Crab Orchard Review, Arts & Letters, Hunger Mountain, and Poetry International. Her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have been also published in Mid-American Review, The Southeast Review, Kenyon Review Online, Image, RHINO, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from UNC Wilmington, and she is currently pursuing a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Cincinnati.

Allison Joseph is the author of What Keeps Us Here (Ampersand, 1992), Soul Train (Carnegie Mellon, 1997), In Every Seam (Pittsburgh, 1997), Imitation of Life (Carnegie Mellon, 2003) andWorldly Pleasures (Word Press, 2004). Her honors include the John C. Zacharis First Book Prize, fellowships from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers Conferences, and an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Poetry. She is editor and poetry editor of Crab Orchard Review and director of the Young Writers Workshop, an annual summer residential creative writing workshop for high school writers. She holds the Judge Williams Holmes Cook Endowed Professorship at Southern University of Illinois. She maintains the creative writing opportunities list serve CWROPPS, and in 2012 received the 2012 Garrett Award from the Association of Writers & Writing Programs.  On April 8, 2014, she received an honorary doctorate from Kenyon College. She is the recipient of the 2014 Paladin Award from RHINO.

Interview with Kevin Veara, RHINO 2014’s artist


Kevin Veara, thank you so much for your wonderful and whimsical painting for our 2014 cover.  Thanks for agreeing to let us into your process!

Tell us about your interests for your art, and how you make your art.

Nature is what I am interested in and where my concern is in regards to my paintings. I work my ideas out on paper before transferring themto boards. Using a limited color pallet of acrylics I feel it allows me more freedom in other areas of my work. I sometimes incorporate the bird’s call into the piece at the very end if I think it will work.

How did you arrive at the final design and colors for the cover? (and/that is) What was the process for making it?

I wanted to give the rhino a voice showing it as a living entity as I do with my birds. After sketching out many ideas I committed to a few and transferred the rhinos to small boards. I then used the same pallet that I was currently working with at the time with my work.


Was this / if so, how was this different than other projects you’ve done?

RHINO was different for me because it took me out of my comfort zone a bit. I don’t normally do commissions but this project caught my interest. I am grateful to be asked to participate in this project and am pleased with the finished work.

So are we!

Are any of your RHINO drawings available as tattoos?

No, but I have transformed paintings into tattoos before when requested. My work when it comes to tattooing is usually completely based on what the customer already has in mind. I then will work with them on ideas but also use my artistic input for the final layout of the tattoo.

What are some of your upcoming projects?

The IL State Museum is having a show (Sep 2014) dealing with text that I have been invited to participate in and I will be able to incorporate some of the ideas that I have been working with recently in new work. UIS is hosting Biofied another show (April 2015) that some local artists and I are putting together. In Biofied we will be dealing with GMO technology and its effect on animals and their surroundings.americana-07

What do you like to do in your free time?

For the past twenty years I have been volunteering at Lincoln Memorial Gardens where I lead bird hikes in the Spring and Fall. I am currently restoring my seven acres next to the Sangamon River hoping to restore it to its original state by removing all exotic plants. Traveling, bird watching and painting take up most of my free time

Do you like poetry?

I typically read non-fiction, art or nature publications. Some of my favorite poets are Emerson, Whitman, Wallace Stevens, Annie Dillard and Agnes Martin.


For more information about Kevin Veara and his paintings, visit KevinVeara.com or visit him with an idea at Black Moon Tattoos.

For information about previous RHINO artists, click here.

RHINO 2014 Release Party!!


Sunday, April 6, 2014

630 Clinton Place, Evanston, IL

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Questions? editors@rhinoopoetry.org

Featuring Illinois poets from RHINO 2014

William Coughlin

Marc Frazier

Dan Godston

Eitan Rubenfield

Tim Hunt

Jody Burke-Kaiser

Pablo Otavalo

Sara Tracey

plus past contributors at the open mike (space will be limited)

RHINO 2014 & other delicious publications and accoutrements

will be available for purchase & perusal.

Check out our photos from the 2013 Release Party!

photos from the 2012 Release Party!