RHINO Reads! with open mic and featured readers Jessica Savitz and Robert Eric Shoemaker Friday, 10-30-15



Open Mike        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Readers        6:45 pm – 7:30 pm

Brothers K

500 Main St.



A graduate of Kenyon College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Jessica Savitz was the inaugural winner of the Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writer’s Residency Prize, and Lake Forest College Press published her first book of poems Hunting is Painting. Savitz teaches poetry writing at the University of Chicago as part of the visiting faculty, and she lives in Evanston with her husband, Michael, and their two wondrous daughters, Eugenia and Aurelia. 

Robert Eric Shoemaker is a Chicago based poet-playwright, director, and arts journalist. Eric is published in Newcity, Evanston Now, Rollick Magazine, Literature Emitting Diodes, The Chicago After Dark Anthology, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, and his book, “30 Days Dry,” with Thought Collection Publishing. Follow his work at reshoemaker.com.

Poetry Forum Workshop with Faisal Mohyuddin – Sunday, 10-25-15



Evanston Public Library

ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

Church & Orrington map


Faisal Mohyuddin teaches English at Highland Park High School in suburban Chicago and is currently a fellow in the U.S. Department of State’s Teachers for Global Classrooms program. His writing has appeared in the minnesota review, RHINO, Crab Orchard Review, Poet Lore, Free LunchIndivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry, and elsewhere. For a poem published in their Fall 2014 issue, Prairie Schooner awarded him the Edward Stanley Prize. Faisal holds an MFA in fiction writing from Columbia College Chicago and lives with his family in Chicago.


Topic:   Rumi, Poet for All Peoples, All Times. According to a 2014 BBC story, Jalal ad-Din Rumi – a Sufi Muslim born over 800 years ago – is the best-selling poet in the U. S.  What is it about his work that continues to enchant so many around the world?  Says Coleman Barks, whose translations have propelled Rumi’s popularity, “Rumi is one of the great souls and …spiritual teachers. He shows us our glory. He wants us to be more alive, to wake up… to see our beauty….” Yet Rumi’s appeal goes deeper, wider.  Says Barks, in the BBC article   “…there is a strong global movement… that wants to dissolve the boundaries that religions have put up and end the sectarian violence.  It is said that people of all religions came to Rumi’s funeral in 1273. Because, they said, he deepens our faith wherever we are.  This is a powerful element in his appeal now.”  We will discuss a selection of Rumi’s most compelling works (about love and laughter, music and Moses) — their technical beauty and their power to inspire and unify.

Drop in, have poems critiqued, and participate in an ongoing discussion of poetry and poetics. Sessions are free* and no registration is required.

Bring 15 or more copies (2 page limit) of a poem you want critiqued.

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.