RHINO Reads! Open Mic and Featured Readers Timothy Cook and Maya Marshall 1-30-15



Open Mike        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Readers        6:45 pm – 7:30 pm

Brothers K

500 Main St.



Maya Marshall is a Cave Canem Fellow. She is a poetry reader for Muzzle Magazine. In 2013 she was a Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award finalist and a Department of a Cultural Affairs Grant Recipient. Her poems are forthcoming or have appeared in Fjords, RHINOBlackberryThe LegendaryPoetic Hustles in the Era of Hope and Change  and other publications.


Timothy Cook, a Chicago native, graduated from Loyola University with a B.A. in philosophy and from the M.F.A. Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. His poems have appeared in such locations as Asheville Poetry Review, Faultline, The Cortland Review, and City of the Big Shoulders: An Anthology of Chicago Poetry, and he is a recipient of a grant from the Mookie Jam Foundation, which supports artists.




Rachel Slotnick wins the 2015 Founders’ Prize Contest! Runners-up: Joe Eldridge, Deborah Paredez, and Keith Wilson – and 15 additional poems selected for publication


We are extremely pleased to announce the winners

of the 2015 RHINO Founders’ Prize Contest:

First Prize: Rachel Slotnick, “Tales from my Fisherman Father”
Joe Eldridge, “He Looks at Clouds” 
Deborah Paredez, “Lightening”
Keith Wilson, “Yellow Journalism” 


This year, we received a record number of submissions to our 2015 Founders’ Prize contest, making the choices extremely difficult.  In addition to the above winners, we selected the following for publication in 2015:

Kevin Carollo  “Homework Assignment”

Nina Corwin  “Sal(i)vation”

Heather Cox  “Relics”

Agnes Davis  “Strike Gently”

Don Judson  (Untitled—from a series of poems dearmother)

Brianna Low  “Communion”

Marco Maisto  “Object Permanence”

Timothy Martin  “O Fortunate One”

R. C. Neighbors “Black Boys”

 Elizabeth O’Connell-Thompson  “Cooking Lessons”

 Marcia Pradzinski  Cento: “All That Moves You Through This World”

 Sam Sax  “essay on crying in public”

Paul Tran “[He picked me up.]”

Arne Weingart “Giacometti Nail”

Monika Zobel “Wind (Blackbox)”



Poetry Forum Workshop led by Marty McConnell – January 25, 2015



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

Marty McConnell lives in Chicago, Illinois, where she coaches individuals and groups toward building thriving, sustainable lives and organizations. An MFA graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, her work recently appeared in Best American Poetry 2014, Southern Humanities Review, Gulf Coast, and Indiana Review, and is forthcoming in Tahoma Literary Review, Court Green, and Columbia Poetry Review. Her first full-length collection, “wine for a shotgun,” published by EM Press, received the Silver Medal in the 2013 Independent Publishers Awards, and was a finalist for both the Audre Lorde Award (Publishing Triangle) and the Lambda Literary Awards.


Topic: Writing In Time. The backdrop of history is omnipresent in poems, but in times of great upheaval like those we are living now, the backdrop becomes the forefront. What is the responsibility of the poet to speak of the times in which we find ourselves? How can we write our experience of these times in authentic ways that don’t appropriate the experience(s) of others? How can we allow political and/or historical elements to enter our poems without becoming didactic and pedantic? We’ll look at how poets ranging from WB Yeats to Wislowa Szymborska to Danez Smith have managed it, do manage it – and how we can as well.


Bring 15 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.