RHINO 2015 Online Issue No. 1.2 is here

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The editors of RHINO are thrilled to announce that our second installment of our online edition of RHINO 2015 is up and out.


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.


The first installment went up in August and the third and final installment will go up in in late December/early January.

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


The online issue now includes work by

Charles Baudelaire • Kevin Carollo • Chance Castro • Timothy Cook • Heather Cox • Ana Dragu • Benjamin Evans • John Gosslee • Kathleen Gunton • Tim Hunt • Satoshi Iwai • Elisa Karbin •  dawn lonsinger • Maya Marshall • Roy Mash • Autumn McClintock  Jennifer Moore • Wendy Nardi  R.C. Neighbors • Marcia J. Pradzinski • Bill Rector • Abby Ryder-Huth • Timothy Sanchez • Claudia Serea • Kate Ward Sugar • Laura Swearingen-Steadwell • Unknown • Arne Weingart • Sarah Ann Winn • Suzanne Zweizig


Helen Degen Cohen – Beloved Poet, RHINO Founder and Editor


helen degen cohen photo by valerie wallace

Helen “Halinka” Degen Cohen

November 19, 1934 – November 24, 2015
Memorial Service on Friday, November 27, 2pm
First Congregational Church of Evanston, 1445 Hinman Ave.
Reception to follow at the home of Ralph Hamilton
630 Clinton Place, Evanston, 3:30pm


unnamedHelen Degen Cohen was born Halina “Halinka” Degenfisz on November 19, 1934 in the town of Grojec, located near Warsaw, Poland. A Holocaust survivor, Helen was kept in hiding during World War II by Maria Szumska. Helen and her parents Joseph Degen and Bluma “Bella” (Dreyer) Degen later settled in Chicago. Helen graduated from Roosevelt High School, and later from Trinity University and University of Illinois Circle Campus. She married Arnold Lewis Cohen, with whom she had three children – Richard Scott, Daniel, and Laura. She later married Donald Neil Memmer, who preceded her in death.

Helen had a long career as a writer and educator. She was a co-founder and continuing editor of the RHINO Poetry Journal, which next year celebrates its 40th anniversary. She was an elementary school teacher, taught college classes, and toured the State of Illinois as an Illinois Artist-in-Residence. An acclaimed writer of poetry, short stories, and novels, Helen received many prizes and awards, including the Paladin Award for extraordinary long-term contribution to poetry in Illinois. She leaves behind a vast body of literature, some of which will be published in the coming years. 

When Helen passed, she remained engaged in her lifelong passions. Her life-ending brain aneurysm occurred while participating in a RHINO Poetry Workshop. Her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were making plans for one of her favorite family get-togethers – the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Helen leaves behind three children – Richard Scott Cohen (Gitte Hansen-Cohen), Dan Cohen (Micki Sand-Cohen), and Laura Cohen; four grandchildren – Tara Cohen Kisner (Ryan Kisner), Josh Cohen, Claudia Cohen, and Eric Cohen; and three great-grandchildren – Samantha Frost, Ella Kisner, and Kailynn Kisner. She also leaves behind a multitude of friends and colleagues, many of whom have expressed sincere appreciation for the influence Helen had on their lives.

Those wishing to do so may send a donation in Helen’s memory to:
Rhino Poetry
PO Box 591
Evanston, IL 60204

or online through the secure JustGive portal.


Videos of Helen reading from her work are now available here.



Editor Ralph Hamilton at MiamiBookFair2015 this weekend!


Saturday, November 21, 2015:


Contemporary publishing: literary magazines and small presses.

Get the view from the front lines of literary publishing, as John Gosslee of Fjords Review and C&R Press, P. Scott Cunningham of Jai-Alai Books, Ralph Hamilton of Rhino, and Miguel Pichardo of Gulf Stream discuss what editors look for in submitted work, the shifting literary landscape, what it takes to run a magazine or press, and answer your questions about writing and the literary market.

In Room 8303, building 8, third floor.


Poetry Reading–4:00pm

Poems: A Reading From New Collections

EXILE + Fjords Art and Lit Book Lounge, bldg 2, 1st floor, enter from street

Laurence Raab’s eighth poetry collection, Mistaking Each Other for Ghosts—a Longlist selection for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry—is presented in an American idiom that is canny, sly, defeated, pessimistic, resilient, and perplexingly knowledgeable about the human predicament. Ralph Hamilton’s collection of poetry, Teaching a Man to Unstick His Tail, is a book about relationships, both with those closest to us and with ourselves. Beth Bachmann follows up her award-winning poetry collection, Temper, with Do Not Rise, which takes war as its central theme. Malachi Black‘s poems in Storm Toward Morning explore the physical and the metaphysical.



Remembering Brett Foster

photo courtesy the Poetry Foundation

photo from the Poetry Foundation

We are deeply saddened to learn that the poet and scholar Brett Foster has died. Brett published two poems with us, led a poetry forum workshop for us, and was active and attentive in the literary community; he taught at Wheaton College, yet made time to seek poets out at literary events in the Chicago area. While we were impressed with his technical dexterity and sweet moves on the page, those of us who worked with him experienced and were grateful for his deep kindness and great personal warmth.

We published Brett’s Love’s Casualties in our 2011 issue, and his translation of Cecco Angiolieri’s One More Chance (Fat Chance) in our 2010 issue. You can read more about the workshop on “Imitation and Invention” he led for us here.

“…poetry is for me … a place to work out ideas, sure, but more centrally the heart’s matters, the cries of the heart—those things that the mind would deign to ponder, or might be confounded by. That’s poetry’s forge, and when it’s most exciting and satisfying (on poetry’s own terms, I mean), it’s a place that is free, open, safe, and surprising. Poems aren’t catechisms. They are, in their insights and vulnerabilities, better than that.” – from Brett Foster’s profile on the Poetry Foundation website

We feel fortunate to have this recording of Brett reading his poem Love’s Casualties.

Andrew Feld, Brett Foster, Tracy K. Smith, Rick Barot.  Photo courtesy Rick Barot.

Andrew Feld, Brett Foster, Tracy K. Smith, Rick Barot. Photo courtesy Rick Barot.



Poetry Forum Workshop with Bill Yarrow – Sunday, 11-22-15



Evanston Public Library

ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

Church & Orrington map


Bill Yarrow is the author of Blasphemer, Pointed Sentences, and four chapbooks. His poems have appeared in many print and online magazines including RHINO, FRiGG, THRUSH, and PANK. A multiple-time Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, he is a Professor of English at Joliet Junior College where he teaches creative writing, Shakespeare, and film.


Topic: To Your Blasphemous Self Be True. Flannery O’Connor wrote, “The only way to the truth is through blasphemy.” In this session, we will confront our external and internal censors and explore strategies to evade or outwit them. Bring your courage. Leave your naysayer at home. Everything is permitted.


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.