RHINO Reads! in Brooklyn, NY
TUE Nov 29, 7 pm
Hosted by Arden Levine
with Carrie Conners, Christine Hamm, Mike Lala, Laura Swearingen-Steadwell

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Join us Tuesday, November 29, 2016


85 E 4th St
Brooklyn, NY 1003

Hosted by Arden Levine

Featuring Carrie Conners, Christine Hamm, Mike Lala, and Laura Swearingen-Steadwell

We’re thrilled to help sponsor this event as part of our 40th Anniversary Year!

Click here to find out more about our #RHINO40Readingsin40Cities initiative

RHINO Poetry Forum: Workshop with Anne-Marie Cusac | SUNDAY 11-27-16



Evanston Public Library

ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

Church & Orrington



Anne-Marie Cusac, a George Polk Award-winning journalist, poet, and Professor in the Department of Communication at Roosevelt University, is the author of two books of poetry: The Mean Days (Tia Chucha, 2001) and Silkie, (Many Mountains Moving, 2007), and the nonfiction book Cruel and Unusual: The Culture of Punishment in America (Yale University Press, 2009). Cruel and Unusual won a 2009 PASS (Prevention for a Safer Society) Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency and appeared in a paperback edition in September 2010. Her poetry has also appeared in the journals Poetry, Iowa Review, TriQuarterly, The American Scholar, The Madison Review, and Crab Orchard Review, among others. 


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!
NOV 18 2016
Featuring Women of Willow
With publisher Heather Buchanan
and authors Kelly Norman Ellis, Sahar Mustafah, and Cole Lavalais





Featured Readers        6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Brothers K Coffeehouse
500 Main St., Evanston, IL


H. Buchanan is a writer and multimedia producer. The owner of Aquarius Press and co-founder of Willow Books, her own work appears in print and digital publications, including MÖBIUS, The Blood Jet Writing Hour and Brooklyn’s Look At Flatbush, where she is the managing director of the books section. A musician, Buchanan is a member of the Society for American Music. She is the executive producer of The Remembrance Project, a centennial print, digital, and musical tribute to the Harlem Hellfighters.

Kelly Norman Ellis is an associate professor of English and director of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Chicago State University. She is the author of Tougaloo Blues and co-editor of Spaces Between Us: Poetry, Prose and Art on AIDS/HIV, both from Third World Press. Her work has appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Sou’Wester, PMS (Poem, Memoir, Story), Tidal Basin Review, Calyx, and The Ringing Ear. In 2010 Essence Magazine voted her one of their forty favorite poets. She is a Cave Canem Poetry Fellow and founding member of the Affrilachian Poets.

Sahar Mustafah is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, an inheritance she explores in her fiction. Her short story collection is the 2016 winner of the Willow Books Grand Prize, forthcoming in 2017. She teaches English and creative writing to wonderfully misunderstood teenagers, who tell her she will make it big someday and leave them when her book is optioned. She’s also a proud co-founder of Bird’s Thumb, an online literary journal, devoted to new, emerging, and established voices.

Cole Lavalais’ short stories have appeared in The Offing, Obsidian, Apogee, Warpland, Tidal Basin Review and others. She’s been awarded writer residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and The Noepe Center for the Literary Arts. She is a fellow of the Kimbilio Center for Black Fiction, VONA, and the Callaloo Writing workshops. She holds an M.F.A. from Chicago State University and a Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a Visiting Writer at Mississippi University for Women and teaches community-based writing workshops on the south side of Chicago.