RHINO 2014 Issue 1.1 now online!

rhino2014wThe editors of RHINO are thrilled to announce that we will publish the poems of RHINO 2014  entirely online over the next few months.

We continue to remain committed to publishing a print journal yearly:  the publication of the poems online in three installments (beginning 6 months after print publication) is intended to supplement and broaden the outreach of the print journal.

Our plan is to release the online issue by thirds, in July/August,  November/December, and February/March.

You can now find the poems from the authors below, here.


Samuel Ace •  Jose Angel Araguz  • Rebecca Kinzie Bastian • Daniel Bourne • Josh A. Brewer • Jeff Burt • William Coughlin •  Joey De Jesus • Lane Falcon • Hannah Fries • Tim Hillegonds • Tim Hunt • Sandra Kolankiewicz • Matthew Landrum •  Elizabeth Langemak • Julia B. Levine • Diana Lueptow •  Michael Marberry • David Tomas Martinez • John C. Morrison • Jóanes Nielsen • Marge Piercy • Laura Praytor •  Octavio Quintanilla • Nita K. Ritzke • Michael Robins • José Antonio Rodríguez • Philip Schaefer •  Adam Scheffler •  Sarah J. Sloat •  Billy Templeton III •  Madeline Vardell • Jesse Wallis • Benjamin Winkler • Joshua  Young

RHINO at the University of Chicago’s Modern Poetry Collection

IMG_0839We’re so pleased that RHINO has found a home on the shelves of the University of Chicago’s Regenstein Library.  Last June RHINO Associate Editor Valerie Wallace dropped off a set with the gracious Sarah Wenzel, Bibliographer for Literatures of Europe and the Americas and the  Modern Poetry collection, and Scott Perry, Head of Collection Services.

Valerie stopped by this week and grabbed another photo of our 2001-2014 lovelies in the stacks!




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RHINO Reads! Open mic and featured readers Megan Volpert and Brock Guthrie – 7-25-14

Megan Volpert


Open Mike        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Readers        6:45 pm – 7:30 pm

Brothers K

500 Main St.



Megan Volpert is the author of five books of communication and popular culture, most recently Only Ride (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014). She has taught high school English in Atlanta for the better part of a decade. Predictably, meganvolpert.com is her website.

Brock Guthrie‘s debut collection of poems is Contemplative Man (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014). He is a native of Ohio, a graduate of Louisiana State University, and a teacher in the English Department at the University of Alabama.


RHINO poets at WHY THERE ARE WORDS – Sausalito, CA July 10, 2014

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RHINO is a feature in the popular WHY THERE ARE WORDS Literary Reading Series in Sausalito, CA on July 10, 2014!
Thank you, Peg Alford Pursell, founder and curator of this reading series.
Doors open at 7pm; readings begin at 7:15.
1. Kevin Simmonds – RHINO 2012
2. Karen Llagas – RHINO 2012
3. Cintia Santana – RHINO 2014
4. Julia Levine – RHINO 2014
5. Roy Mash – RHINO 2009
6. Daniel Suarez – RHINO 2012
7. Angela Narciso Torres – Senior Editor of RHINO
Why There Are Words, curated by founder Peg Alford Pursell www.pegalfordpursell.com, draws a full house of Bay Area residents every second Thursday of the month. Studio 333 is located at 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito, CA 94965. Phone Studio 333 at 415-331-8272.



Illinois Arts Council Literary Award Winners: Jeffrey Allen, Kyle Churney, Virginia Konchan


THREE of our nominees from the RHINO 2013 issue have won a 2014 Illinois Arts Council Literary Award!!

Read and listen to their poems here:

Jeffrey Allen for Johnny 

Kyle Churney for Desert Ghazal

Virginia Konchan for  Zsa Zsa Gabor Learns to Read 

Thank you, Illinois Arts Council!

To read and listen to more poems, or to purchase for only $6, click here




Poetry Forum Workshop led by CM Burroughs – 7-27-14



Evanston Public Library
Church & Orrington
1:30-4:30 — ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

CM Burroughs serves as Assistant Professor of Poetry at Columbia College Chicago. Burroughs has been awarded fellowships and grants from Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Cave Canem Foundation, Callaloo Writers Workshop and the University of Pittsburgh. She has received commissions from the Studio Museum of Harlem and the Warhol Museum to create poetry in response to art installations. A Pushcart Prize nominee and a finalist for the 2009 Gift of Freedom Award, her poetry has appeared in journals including Callaloo, jubilat, Ploughshares, VOLT, Bat City Review, and Volta. Burroughs is a graduate of Sweet Briar College and the MFA program at the University of Pittsburgh. Her debut collection of poetry is The Vital System from Tupelo Press, and she is Senior Editor for Tupelo Quarterly and Co-Editor for Court Green. 

Topic:  Writing the BodyWhat is body memory? How do writers articulate memory that is felt more than it is intellectualized? We will study poems that focus on the body as a primary site of experience and discuss practical applications of writing this intimate yet opaque place.


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.