RHINO Reads! Open mic and featured readers Dylan Weir and Anita Olivia Koester Friday, 1-29-16



Open Mike        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Readers        6:45 pm – 7:30 pm

Brothers K

500 Main St.



Dylan Weir is a Chicagoan and MFA candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he teaches creative writing. He holds an MA with distinction in Literature from DePaul. Dylan has work in The Boiler, Blue Earth Review, Rhino, Rust+Moth, Word Riot, & others. He is a co-editor at Devil’s Lake. Find him on twitter @dylanweird.


Anita Olivia Koester is a poet and photographer. Her poetry and photography can be found in numerous publications including Tahoma Literary Review, Unsplendid, HEArt, Hobart, Midwestern Gothic, Third Wednesday, Forth and elsewhere. Recently, Shot Glass Journal nominated her for a Pushcart Prize and she won the First Night Evanston Poetry Contest. She was also a finalist in Photographer’s Forum Annual Spring Contest and is published in their book, Best of Photography 2015. Last year, she attended the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and had residencies at Art Farm and SAFTA, and a photography exhibition at Perkolator. This year, she will be a poetry resident at the Vermont Studio Center and her photography will be exhibited at numerous locations. When not traveling, she lives in Portage Park with her books and her Australian Shepherd.

Congratulations Greg Grummer, 2016 Founders’ Prize Winner, and Runners-up Katie Heartsick and Teresa Dzieglewicz

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The editors of RHINO are happy to announce the winner, runners-up and selections for the 2016 issue from our Founders’ Contest!

  • The winner will receive $500.00, publication in the next issue, will be featured on our website, and nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
  • Two runners up will receive $50.00, publication in the next issue, and will be featured on our website. We occasionally nominate a runner-up for a Pushcart Prize.
  • The annual issue will be published in April 2016.

The winner of our Founders’ Prize for the 2016 issue:

Greg GrummerGreg Grummer, “The Great Butterfly Collapse”

Katie Hartsock, “On the Heat of Upstate Travel in the Advancing Polar Air”
Teresa Dzieglewicz, “St Maria Goretti speaks to the girl”

In addition to the above winners, we selected the following for publication in the 2016 issue:

Jose Araguz, “Scripture: Meadowlark” and “Scripture: Hour”
Joann Balingit, “Limón Homage”
Teresa Dzieglewicz, “Stranger, Thank You for Giving Me This Body”
Ann Hudson, “Having It Out with Walt Whitman at ACE Hardware”
Sarah Kim, “Reflection”
Fergus McAlister, “Haven”
Pablo Otavalo ,”El Morro”
Maggie Rowe, “Like a Solemn Friend Inebriate with Rain”
Lee Sharkey “Tashlich” and “Old World”
Marilyn Taylor, “Ice”


RHINO 2015 Online Issue No. 1.3 is here

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The editors of RHINO are thrilled to announce that our third and final 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.


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


The online issue now includes work by

D.M. Aderibigbe • Sylvia Ashby • Jen Bartman • Julia Bouwsma • Shevaun Brannigan  • Enda Carty • Sam Cha • Wendy Chin-Tanner • Nina Corwin • Lisa Croneberg • Kyle Dacuyan • Agnes Davis • Kimberly D. Dixon-Mays • John Duvernoy • Cal Freeman • Ruth Goring • Amy Grimm • Kathleen Hellen • Sara Henning • Sophia Holtz • Ruth Holzer • Cynthia Huntington • Richard Jones • Mary Soon Lee • Brianna Low • Marco Maisto • Timothy Martin • John McCarthy • Max McDonough • Janet McNally • Lucien Darjeun Meadows • Jeffrey Morgan • Peter E. Murphy •  Kelly Nelson • Elizabeth O’Connell-Thompson • Raul Palma • Deborah Paredez • Zoe Polach • Alexis Quinlan • Kenyatta Rogers • Christa Romanosky • Cintia Santana • Ravi Shankar & Nancy Kuhl  • Shoshauna Shy • Brian Simoneau • Sarah J. Sloat • BJ Soloy • Joannie Stangeland • Will Stockton • Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet • John Surowiecki • Daniel Tobin • Emily Tuszynska • V.R. Waters • Quinn White •  Derek JG Williams • Bill Yarrow 

Poetry Forum Workshop with Ruth Goring – Sunday, 1-24-16

Ruth Goring



Evanston Public Library

ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

Church & Orrington map


Topic: How do we write places? How do we use poems to wander and wonder, leave and return? We’ll look at images of place in the work of several poets—how they sometimes make us smell and know places we have never been.


Ruth Goring’s poetry collections are Soap Is Political (Glass Lyre, 2015) and Yellow Doors (WordFarm, 2004). Her poems have also appeared, or will soon, in Calyx, RHINO, Crab Creek Review, Pilgrimage, Sin Fronteras, New Madrid, and elsewhere. Having grown up in Colombia, she has provided accompaniment and advocacy to peace communities in that country. Currently she serves on the board of Colombia Vive Chicago. Hear her recent Chicago Public Radio reading/interview at http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-poet-ruth-goring-says-colombia-soap-political-113428. Ruth is a senior manuscript editor at University of Chicago Press and teaches in the Graham School’s editing certificate program. She loves empanadas, scotch, doing art (chalk pastels, mosaics, collage), and the Spanish language.


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.