Summer Editorial Assistant Internship with RHINO – apply by April 30

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RHINO is a respected independent national/international print poetry journal based in Evanston, Illinois. Now in our 40th year, RHINO editors look for the best in contemporary poetry, poetry in translation and flash-fiction. We welcome all styles, and value work that is well crafted, reflects passion, originality, engagement with contemporary culture, and a love affair with language.


RHINO is seeking one or two promising poets to serve as summer interns. In addition to a primary responsibility to assist with reading, commentary and discussion of submissions, interns will have the opportunity to observe and contribute to all aspects of the print journal’s operation.



  • Read submissions and comment in writing about poems as part of the editorial team
  • Attend fortnightly RHINO editorial meetings (usually on a Thursday evening) and participate in discussions of poems
  • Assist with events
  • Assist with social media marketing
  • Other duties as assigned



  • BA and at least one year of relevant graduate study
  • A love of poetry and a desire to learn about journal operations
  • Demonstrated ability to provide thoughtful commentary and informed analysis of contemporary poetry
  • Ability to work cooperatively in a team-oriented environment
  • General knowledge of contemporary poetry and its sources
  • Broad curiosity and a non-ideological approach to reading and thinking about poems



  • 15 hours a week. With the exception of fortnightly meetings and occasional events, interns will be able to schedule their time flexibly



Please mail the following to RHINO P.O. Box 591
Evanston, IL 60204, and mark the envelope “Internship”; or send to

  • A letter of application stating qualifications
  • A resume or CV
  • 2 samples of analytic writing about poetry (3-5 pages)
  • 3-5 poems
  • 2 references, one of which is from a literature/poetry teacher with whom the applicant has studied
  • A graduate school transcript listing coursework (photocopy accepted)


To find out more about RHINO, you may wish to begin here.

Deadline for application: April 30, 2016

Congratulations Lisa Tellor-Kelley, Christopher Wilson, and Trina Young, winners of the 2015 Gwendolyn Brooks Illinois Emerging Writers Competition

2015 Winners

From left, Poet Laureate of Illinois Kevin Stein, Trina Young, Christopher Wilson, Lisa Tellor-Kelley.


RHINO, as part of its effort to encourage poetry reading and writing in our schools, supports the Emerging Writing Competition begun by Jesse White, Illinois Secretary of State, to promote creative writing and recognizing new literary talent in the state.


This year the (2015) winners are:
1st – Lisa Tellor-Kelley of Highland for her poem “The Girl in Chemise”
2nd – Christopher Wilson of Carbondale for his poem “Rises with the Light”
3rd – Trina Young of Chicago for her poem “Bad Omens”


The winners read their poems and received their awards during a ceremony at the Illinois State Library, from Secretary White and Illinois Poet Laureate Kevin Stein, who succeeded Gwendolyn Brooks in that position.
“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 listed on the Illinois Center for the Book website – and the Illinois Poet Laureate website, where you can hear the winners read their work –
Please join us in congratulating these poets!





RHINO Reads! 3-25-16 Poetry & Justice: #Flint to Benefit with Sarah Carson, Traci Currie, Nic Custer, Larry O. Dean, Jade Ponds, Kelsey Ronan, Jan Worth-Nelson


Sarah Carson


Traci Currie

Nic Custer

Nic Custer

Larry O. Dean

Larry O. Dean

Jade Ponds

Jade Ponds


Kelsey Ronan

Jan Worth-Nelson

Jan Worth-Nelson

Open Mike        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Readers        6:45 pm – 7:30 pm

Brothers K

500 Main St.



This month’s RHINO Reads! features seven writers from Flint, Michigan whose work explores the joys and challenges of living in a city best known for blight, violence and, most recently, poisoned drinking water.

Proceeds from book sales at the event will be donated to — an initiative of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint aimed at ensuring Flint’s children are afforded the resources and interventions to overcome exposure to lead.


Sarah Carson was born and raised in Flint but now lives in Chicago. She is the author of the poetry collections Poems in which You Die and Buick City. Her poetry and other writing has appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, the Nashville Review, New Orleans Review, the Minnesota Review and Whiskey Island, among others. Sometimes she blogs at


As a 20-year spoken word artist, Traci Currie uses the stage as a platform to address gender, race, class and sexual orientation. She is currently teaching at the University of Michigan-Flint in the Communication and Visual Arts Department. In addition, she co-facilitates spoken word workshops with young women in the juvenile detention system and is working to complete a book of poetry.


Nic Custer is a poet, playwright, journalist, and MC who has contributed to eight original plays about Flint. He served as Artist-in-Residence for a National Endowment for the Arts project and is the author of the poetry collection Nothing Works, Everyone Labors.


Larry O. Dean‘s numerous books include Activities of Daily Living (forthcoming, 2017), Brief Nudity (2013), Basic Cable Couplets (2012), abbrev (2011), About the Author(2011), and I Am Spam (2004). He is also an acclaimed singer-songwriter whose latest solo album is Good Grief (2015). The sophomore album from his band, The Injured Parties, is due in 2016. For more info, go to


Jade Ponds was born in Banbury, England but moved to Flint in 1984 at the age of 2.  She has been writing since 10 years old. She pursued her undergraduate and graduate work in Creative Writing at University of Michigan-Flint. She has published 2 books of poetry and is presently working on her 3rd book called One Petal At a Time.


Kelsey Ronan grew up in Flint, Michigan. Her fiction and journalism have appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, Belt Magazine, Indiana Review, Cream City Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and the St Louis Post-Dispatch. She lives in St. Louis, where she coordinates Grand Boulevard Workshops, a creative writing outreach program.


Jan Worth-Nelson a tried-and-true Flintoid who balances exasperation with abiding love for her adopted hometown. Worth-Nelson’s essays, poems and fiction have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Fourth Genre, Passages North, and Midwestern Gothic, among others.  MFA graduate of the Warren Wilson College program in creative writing, she wrote the 2006 novel Night Blind, based on her experiences in the Peace Corps.  Retired from a longtime career as a writing teacher at the University of Michigan – Flint, she commutes between Flint and San Pedro, CA with her husband.

RHINO at #AWP16 Issue Launch Reading & Open Mic 3/31 featuring JoAnn Balingit, Aricka Foreman, Tim Hillegonds, Safia Jama, Sarah Katz, Kyle McCord, Justin Phillip Reed, and Cintia Santana


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Los Angeles, CA – March 30 – April 2, 2016

Associated Writers and Writing Programs Conference (AWP)
RHINO’s Bookfair table number is 1264 – Come celebrate our 40th year!
New t-shirts, our famous bookmarks and pins, and discounts galore!
Follow us @rhinopoetry w #poetrychangeseverything for discounts & prizes!

Hygge-Bakery-Exterior-460x640RHINO 2016 Issue Launch Party – Poetry Reading and Open Mic*

5-7 pm, Thursday, March 31 |Hygge Bakery Downtown Los Angeles

1106 S. Hope Street

Join us for a reading and open mic* celebrating 40 years of RHINO and kicking off our “40 Readings in 40 Cities” initiative! A perfect opportunity to grab a snack or light meal and hear some amazing poetry before heading out for evening events.

Featured Readers:

JoAnn Balingit

Aricka Foreman

Tim Hillegonds

Safia Jama

Sarah Katz

Kyle McCord

Justin Phillip Reed

Cintia Santana

Hygge features a fantastic array of authentic European pastries, sandwiches, and Lavazza coffee and is just a 7-minute walk from the Convention Center.

*All current or former RHINO poets are invited to read a poem at the open mic (spots will be limited, so we’ll take sign-ups at our Bookfair table 1264.)

Meet RHINO editors and poets, purchase a copy of our new issue, and have a piece of birthday cake with us!

In addition to their RHINO duties, our editors can be found at the following #AWP16 events:

Kenyatta Rogers: Friday, April 1, 2016 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm  ||  F217. Room 501, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level

Angela Narciso Torres:  Thursday, March 31 10:30am – 11:45am || R134   Location: Gold Salon 3, JW Marriott LA, 1st Floor

Creating Opportunities for Writers of Color: A Continued Urgency

Valerie Wallace: Friday April 1st. 4:00 pm || The Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St., Los Angeles

POOL, SMC MFA, AND WAVE BOOKS READING  Featuring: Featuring: Molly Bendall, Candace Eros Díaz, Brenda Hillman, Tyehimba Jess, Valerie Wallace, Juan Alvarado Valdivia, and Matthew Zapruder



Next Poetry Workshop Forum 4-3-16 Led by Kimberly Dixon-Mays

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Evanston Public Library

ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

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Topic: “Await Your Turn” – Volta, fulcrum, modulation, torque, swerve, turn… There are many names for a poem’s shift to a different key, redirect of attention, thwarting of expectation. How do poets create these moments in their poems? Where? How? Most important, why? What is the poet’s obligation to provide such a moment, as a landmark or reward? What is the reader’s obligation to give in to its surprise or loss of balance? And how does this moment function as more than a punchline? We’ll talk and read, not to pin down a definition as much as to explore the possibilities. No need for specific expertise, except about how turns move you, as reader, writer, or both.


Kimberly Dixon-Mays is a Ragdale and Cave Canem fellow whose publications include Reverie, Anthology of Chicago, Uproot, Consequence and Rhino magazines, the anthologies Trigger Warning and Just Like a Girl: A Manifesta! and her own collections SenseMemory, and More Than a Notion: Reflections on (Black) Marriage. Since 2004 she has been a frequent writer with the Poetry Performance Incubator project of the Guild Literary Complex, and served as the Guild’s Executive Director from 2010 to 2012.


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.