Congratulations Editors’ Prize winner Lee Sharkey, 2nd place winner Catherine Wing, and Honorable Mention Teresa Dzieglewicz!

Every year the Editors of RHINO Poetry select works that have had the greatest impact on us. Cash awards are given for First, Second, and Honorable Mention. Winners are acknowledged in that year’s journal and on our website. We have a tradition of nominating the first prize winner for the Pushcart Prize. We occasionally nominate other Place winners for a Pushcart Prize. There is no application process.

2016 Editors’ Prizes


First Prize: Lee Sharkey  for Tashlich


Second Prize: Catherine Wing – Report from the Neandertal Mind


Honorable Mention: Teresa Dzieglewicz – Stranger, thank you for giving me this body

Their work will appear in RHINO 2016 (and available on our website), scheduled for release (as always) in April, National Poetry Month.

Bill Christophersen wins Translation Prize for “The Seafarer” in RHINO 2016


The Editors of RHINO Poetry may choose to award a prize for a translated poem which had the greatest impact on us for that reading period. There is no application process, and editors reserve the right not to award a prize in any particular year.

Bill Christophersen

The 2016 RHINO Translation Prize is awarded to Bill Christophersen for his translation from the Anglo-Saxon of  The Seafarer, by Anonymous.

We’ll celebrate Bill in RHINO 2016 and with a $50 award.

Congratulations, Bill!

Poetry Forum Workshop with Beth McDermott – Sunday, 2-28-16

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Evanston Public Library

ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

Church & Orrington map


Topic: Ekphrasis: from Homer to Graham. It’s a long-standing tradition that we can trace all the way back to Homer’s description of Achilles’s shield, and yet “ekphrasis” is hard to define.  How do critics define ekphrasis and how do poets accomplish it?  Is ekphrasis always, in James Heffernan’s conception, “the verbal representation of a visual representation”?  Are these two art forms close personal friends, or destined to always miss each other and possibly even fight to the death?

Beth McDermott is the author of How to Leave a Farmhouse, a chapbook published by Porkbelly Press (2015).  She earned her MFA from Purdue University and her PhD from the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Beth’s poetry has been published in journals such as DIAGRAM, Harpur Palate, and Southern Humanities Review. She is an associate editor with RHINO.


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.

RHINO Reads! Open mic and featured readers Matthew Minicucci and Brenna Lemieux, Friday 2-26-16



Open Mike        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Readers        6:45 pm – 7:30 pm

Brothers K

500 Main St.



Brenna Lemieux earned an MFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She has lived in Chicago, Baltimore, Paris, Galway, and  southern Illinois. She is the author of The Gospel of Household Plants from Quercus Review.

Matthew Minicucci is the author of two collections of poetry: Translation (Kent State University Press, 2015), chosen by Jane Hirshfield for the 2014 Wick Poetry Prize, and Small Gods (New Issues, 2017), forthcoming from New Issues Press in 2017. His work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Best New Poets 2014Poetry Daily, and Verse Daily, among others. He currently teaches writing at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.