40 Readings in 40 Cities | Happy Birthday, RHINO! | #RHINO40readings40cities

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Join us in celebrating our 40th year in 2016-2017

by participating in our #RHINO40readings40cities initiative!


Who can participate?

Anyone can be a host and anyone can be a reader. Hosts and readers can be RHINO poets from one of our past 40 issues, or simply a fan of the journal. If you’re new to RHINO, we welcome you to the herd!


 Where can the readings take place?

Anywhere you want to host – your local independent bookstore, library or community center, favorite coffee shop, and your own living room are all perfectly wonderful.


Yes, but what happens exactly?

If you’d like to host a reading this year, we’ll connect you with possible readers in your area, send you a swag box, and help with publicity. We will also provide you with online materials including tips for a successful RHINO reading, a sign-up sheet for those who want more information about RHINO, and print/web versions of our logo.

After the reading, we’ll post your photos on our Facebook and Twitter feeds. We’ll even post your write-up and photos on the Big Horn Blog.


What’s in the swag box?

  • 3-5 assorted issues of RHINOs for you to sell or give away
  • our famous poem bookmarks
  • #poetrychangeseverything buttons
  • a rhino t-shirt in your size
  • a rhino cookie cutter and our rhino cookie recipe


I’m interested! Who should I contact? 
Tim McLaughlin is our 40 Readings in 40 Cities coordinator; email him at tmclaughlin582@gmail.com.

Include your name, how you are affiliated with RHINO, where you live, and the date(s) you have in mind.

And remember to follow us @rhinopoetry and on Facebook.

We look forward to hearing from you! The sooner you have an inkling you’d like to do this, drop us a line!


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Come play with RHINO at Printers Row Lit Fest: JUNE 11-12, 2016



June 11-12, 2016

10am – 6pm

Back issues only $6!
RHINO 2016 hot off the press!

We’d love to see you!

Contribute to an exquisite corpse

Write a magnetic poem

Pick up a free #PoetryChangesEverything button and sample our famous RHINO poetry bookmarks!

Follow us on @rhinopoetry and #PoetryChangesEverything for giveaways throughout the day!

We will be at table 112, on Dearborn Street, near Starbucks.

Printers Row Lit Fest Website


RHINO Reads! Open Mic and Featured Readers Alice George, Patrice Boyer Claeys, Catharine J. Jones, Marcia J. Pradzinski, Gail Goepfert! FRI 5-27-16

Patrice Boyer Claeys

Patrice Boyer Claeys

Marcia J. Pradzinski

Marcia J. Pradzinski

Catharine Jones

Catharine J. Jones

Gail Goepfert

Gail Goepfert

Alice George

Alice George

Open Mike        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Readers        6:45 pm – 7:30 pm

Brothers K Coffeehouse
500 Main St., Evanston, IL


Serious Play: Poetry Workshops for Ardent Experts & Amateurs

Since the summer of 2011, Alice George has been offering a continuing workshop open to all seriously playful poets.  Each evening begins with 20-30 minutes examining a poet, poetic topic or   craft issue. Topics explored this past year included the uses of anger, and dialogue, how to craft effective starts, and stops, of poems, elegies, managing tone, epistles and prose poems, lineation and observation. Poets of interest to date have included Marianne Boruch, Kay Ryan, Anne Carson, Louis Gluck, Tony Hoagland, Matthew Dickman, and Mark Doty.


Patrice Boyer Claeys holds a certificate in poetry from The Writer’s Studio at the University of Chicago. She enjoys Monday nights as a member of Serious Play, Alice George’s poetry workshop in Evanston.  Her work has appeared in The Found Poetry Review, The Avocet, Blue Heron Review, Ardor and the Mom Egg Review, where she served as a reader for Volume 14.


Catharine J. Jones is both poet and artist.  She attended the Iowa Writer’s workshop working with poets, D. Goetsch and Juliet Paterson. She is a member of Serious Play, Alice George’s poetry workshop in Evanston. Her poems have appeared in Journal of Modern Poetry and Poetry Cram.

Gail Goepfert is a Midwest teacher, poet, and nature photographer.  She is a poet-in-residence in schools and an associate editor for Rhino Magazine.   Her story spans the Midwest in locations between the Mississippi River and northern Ohio.  She has been published in a number of anthologies and journals including Avocet, After Hours, caesura, and Florida English, The Examined Life Journal, Room Magazine, and Crab Orchard Review.  Online publications include:  Blue Lyra Review, The Prose-Poem Project, Brevity Review, and Ardor Literary Journal.  Twice she’s received a Pushcart nomination.  She is schooled by the wisdom of nature and poetry.

Marcia J. Pradzinski, an award-winning poet, lives in Skokie, Illinois. Her poetry has appeared in print journals, anthologies, and online. Her most recent publications have been in RHINO 2015, the Winter/2016 issue of Blue Heron Review, and in The Chronicles of Eve anthology of Paper Swans Press, U.K. Another poem is forthcoming in the Summer/2016 issue of Blue Heron Review. Her first chapbook of poems, Left Behind, was published by Finishing Line Press in December, 2015.



Welcome Ann Hudson, Emily Johnson, Frani O’Toole, Tim McLaughlin, Matthew Kelsey


We’ve got some fantastic new people around the table!  Our first ever “Rhino Fellow” and 4 new interns.

Hello new Rhinos!

Rhino Fellow – Ann Hudson


Undergraduate Intern(s) – Emily Johnson, Frani O’Toole

40 Readings in 40 Cities Intern –  Tim McLaughlin

Editorial Assistant Intern –  Matthew Kelsey


Read more about our team here.

“Poetry Journal RHINO Turns Forty” – Ralph Hamilton interviewed by Chris Campanioni in the Brooklyn Rail



Poet and editor Chris Campanioni interviewed our Editor-in-chief Ralph Hamilton about Ralph’s book, his approach to writing, and reflections on RHINO, our process, and accomplishments. The interview posted May 2016. An excerpt appears below; for the full interview, click here.


Chris Companion (Rail): How has your writing been shaped by your role as editor of one of the most celebrated contemporary poetry journals?

Ralph Hamilton: I read about two-thirds of the 15,000 poems submitted to RHINOeach year. Some are wonderful, some are not; regardless, the writers have given us a piece of their heart. The sheer diversity of the poems we receive shapes me in ways I can neither control nor fully explain. It’s humbling to see how much we all need to grapple with ultimate questions of meaning and loss—to come to terms with suffering and cruelty, how we still dare to love others, how we are able to find and take sustenance from the beauty all around us, how we maintain the capacity to wonder, to make joy—how poets have the courage and audacity to speak the truth the best we know how. Maybe all poetry is about loneliness in some sense, even as it’s about reaching beyond the echo chamber of our own skulls in order to be heard and understood, to connect with people and the natural world. RHINOhas also definitely taught me about the role of form in expressing the content of a poem. And it’s definitely taught me that most poems need less, not more. The best poems take me out of myself, out of what I know and expect; they stretch me to hear and understand a poem in its own terms, to enter the world it creates.

My fellow editors have also been critical to my growth as a poet. They provide me with a continuing lesson in how to read poetry. Many of us have critiqued each other’s work for years now—we’ve watched it grow in depth and ambition. Their skill and insight continues to challenge, frighten, and inspire me.

Rail:Can you talk a bit about the emergence and success of RHINO in the last few years?

Hamilton: RHINO is a collaborative venture, but there is a set of core values that hold it together. We’re committed to publishing the best poetry in English annually (including flash fiction and translations), regardless of style, and whether the author is established or an emerging poet. With an ever-changing group of twelve to fourteen volunteer poet/editors, we embrace being a work in progress. The journal fosters a diverse and changing cadre of editors who love poetry, cover the demographic spectrum, and represent varied tastes. From its earliest days, the respect and gratitude that the editors have for each other and for the poets who share their work with us, is the very heart of our endurance and growth. Every bit of our progress—a new website, better submissions, use of Facebook and Twitter, our Big Horn blog, grants, our layout, etc.—has happened because different editors have stepped forward to take leadership, and the rest of us have backed them up.

. . . .

The range of wonderful poems in the issue stuns me. As I was proofing them I kept thinking that I hope to write a couple of poems half as good as many of those.

“Dominate Your Submissions” with CHIPRC and Virginia Bell | May 14, 2pm

May 14 @ 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
$25 Early Bird Registration
Email chicagoprc@gmail.com for more information and to register.

“The Chicago Publishers Resource Center (CHIPRC) writing workshop Wasted Pages is teaming up with RHINO Poetry for this special event about submitting your work for publication. Learn about preparing your writing, the submissions process, and the dreaded cover letter with our guest speaker, RHINO Editor Virginia Bell. The event will be hosted by writer and CHIPRC Literary Coordinator Elizabeth O’Connell Thompson.”

The workshop fee will include a free back issue of RHINO!


RESCHEDULED: RHINO Poetry Forum Workshop led by Nate Marshall JUNE 5

This event has been rescheduled from May 29.

Nate Marshall


Evanston Public Library

ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

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Nate Marshall is the author of Wild Hundreds (University of Pittsburgh) and an editor of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (Haymarket Books).  His last rap album, Grown came out in 2015 with his group Daily Lyrical Product. Nate is a member of The Dark Noise Collective. He won a 2015 Ruth Lilly/Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship. He is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Wabash College.
Topic: Finna – A Poetics of Possibility. In this forum we’ll think about mapping our own linguistic and vernacular traditions and how we can utilize our own “slangs” as sites of freedom.


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.




May 7, 6:30pm | RHINO at Evanston Lit Fest!


Join us at the Evanston Literary Festival this Saturday, May 7 from 6:30-8 pm! Readings from RHINO 2016 poets Pam Miller, Max Barry, Jim Warner, and Ann Hudson, as well as RHINO editors Ralph Hamilton, Kenyatta Rogers, Jacob Saenz, and Angela Narciso Torres.

Sidetracked Studio, 707 Chicago Ave., Evanston