Click the link below to hear William Coughlin read his poem “Cousin Rose” from RHINO 2014.
“I started the Illinois Emerging Writers Competition to promote creative writing and provide a unique opportunity for recognizing new literary talent in the state,” White said. “Illinois has a long and rich literary heritage, and these poets are adding to the tradition established by legendary Illinois poets like Gwendolyn Brooks. Great poems have the ability to enrich and enhance our lives, and I’m pleased to congratulate this year’s talented winners.”
The competition is named for the late Pulitzer Prize-winning Illinois Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks. It is co-sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book and Kevin Stein who selected the final winners.
The winning poems are available to read at illinoiscenterforthebook.org.
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Heather Cox is the founding editor of Ghost Ocean Magazine and the chapbook press Tree Light Books. Heather’s work has been published or is forthcoming in [PANK], Mid-American Review (Editor’s Choice, 2012 Fineline Competition), Columbia Poetry Review, Thrush Press, Boxcar Poetry Review, and DIALOGIST, among others; her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and her chapbook Dream Seller was a 2012 Strange Machine Books finalist.
Sarah Carson’s poetry and short stories have appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, DIAGRAM, Guernica, The Nashville Review, and The New Orleans Review, among others. She is the author of three chapbooks, and two full-length collections, Poems in which You Die (BatCat Press, 2014) and Buick City (Mayapple Press, f2015). Sarah is also a former associate editor of RHINO.
The Editors of RHINO occasionally choose to award a prize for the translated poem which had the greatest impact on us for that reading period. From the 2015 issue, there was a tie.
We are pleased to award the RHINO 2015 Translation Prize for the following poems: