Pushcart Nominees from RHINO 2014


The Editors of RHINO are pleased to announce our nominees from the 2014 issue for the Pushcart Prize:


rhino2014wComedy of Mirrors – Brandon Krieg

Planet Earth – P. Scott Cunningham

Poem in honor of the one-year anniversary of my sister Aleida’s death, which is five days away

– Jose Antonio Rodriguez

Body Breakers – MaryJo Thompson

Americas – Adam Scheffler

Peace Before Cigarette Butt Storm –  written by Shahram Shahidi,- translated from the Persian by Alireza Taheri Araghi, edited by Thade Correa




RHINO Reads! Open Mic and Featured Readers Chris Green and Toby Altman 11-21-14

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Toby Altman is the author of two chapbooks, Tender Industrial Fabric (Greying Ghost, 2015) and Asides (Furniture Press, 2012). His poems have appeared in Best American Experimental Writing, 2013, the Black Warrior Review, Diagram, the Laurel Review, RHINO, and other journals.

Chris Green is the author of three books of poetry: The Sky Over Walgreens, Epiphany School, and the forthcoming Résumé. His poetry has appeared in such publications as Poetry, New York Times, New Letters, Verse, Nimrod, and Black Clock.He’s edited four anthologies, including Brute Neighbors: Urban Nature Poetry, Prose & Photography, the forthcoming I Remember: A Poem by Chicago Veterans of War and the forthcoming Independent Voices: A Small Press Sampler. He co-founded LitCity (www.litcity312.com), a comprehensive literary site for Chicago. And he teaches in the English Department at DePaul University.

Open Mike        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Readers        6:45 pm – 7:30 pm

Brothers K

500 Main St.




Poetry Forum Workshop led by Peter O’Leary – November 30, 2014



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


Peter O’Leary has published four books of poetry, most recently Phosphorescence of Thought. As Ronald Johnson’s literary executor, he has edited several volumes of Johnson’s poetry, most recently a new edition of Johnson’s masterpiece, ARK. In 2016, a new critical study, Thick and Dazzling Darkness: Religious Poetry in a Secular Age will be published by Columbia University Press. He teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and for the Committee on Creative Writing at the University of Chicago. With John Tipton, he directs the small poetry press Verge Books.


Topic: The Dynamic Image. In 1913, Ezra Pound defined the image as “an intellectual and emotional complex in an instant of time.” This amounted to a discovery. Subsequently, he would dynamize the image as the Vortex, “a radiant node of cluster… through which, and into which, ideas are constantly rushing.” By way of Ernest Fenellosa’s essay “The Chinese Written Character as a Medium for Poetry,” Pound would assert, “Things are only the terminal points, or rather the meeting points, of actions, cross-sections cut through actions, snap-shots… The eye sees the noun and verb as one: things in motion, motion in things…” In this workshop, we’ll focus on the dynamic image, looking at ways to summon it into poems and approaching it from unexpected angles, including the persona poem, the fragmentary poem, and the para-translation.


Bring 15 or more copies (2 page limit) of a poem you want critiqued. $5 – $10 donation appreciated, not required.

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.



Submissions closed until April 1, 2015

Rhino7_fullBodywOur submissions season is now closed! In the meantime, we hope you enjoy our online content and consider a purchase of the current issue or past (and discounted) issues!  RHINO Reads! and the Poetry Forum will continue monthly.

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