Donation Letter from Editor-in-Chief Ralph Hamilton

December 2016


Dear Friends,


One weekend in November of this year—as part of our ongoing 40th year celebration entitled “40 Readings in 40 Cities”—RHINO poets sponsored events in Capetown, South Africa, in Coral Gables, Florida, and in Brooklyn, New York. The total number of readings in 2016 now tops 28, with more still being added. I share this story as a way of conveying that RHINO is thriving as we enter our 41st year.  The credit belongs to you—our contributors, donors, editors, and volunteers—all around the world.


In Seamus Heaney’s The Cure at Troy, a version of Sophocles’ Philoctetes, the chorus declaims:


Human beings suffer, / They torture one another, / They get hurt and get hard. / No poem or play or song / 

Can fully right a wrong / Inflicted and endured. /…/ History says, don’t hope / On this side of the grave. / 

But then, once in a lifetime / The longed-for tidal wave / Of justice can rise up, / And hope and history

rhyme./…/ So hope for a great sea-change / On the far side of revenge. / Believe that further shore /

Is reachable from here. / Believe in miracle / And cures and healing wells.  


As Heaney’s adaptation reveals, sometimes poetry is a stark expression of reality, sometimes a call to action, sometimes jubilation, and sometimes a balm, or even all of those at once.  Good poetry always has music, it always loves language, it’s always deeply engaged with the vital stuff of life, and it always embodies something true. RHINO 2017 is no exception. Its pages pulse with song, originality, passion, and insight.


The titles of this year’s poems alone trace our poets’ journey, showing a side as often playful as grave, as often intimate as grand, as often imagining a better future as probing a key aspect of the present or past: “Depression, the Sit-Com,” “Marine Life Thrives in Unlikely Play – Offshore Oil Rigs,” “Reciting Poetry in the Psychiatric Ward,” “Metamorphosis with Drainage Pipe and Playboy,” “Reading Anna Swir in October,” “Removing Him from the Sex Scenes in All of Your Books,” and “Requiem for an Unseeable Gravity,” to cite just a few.  At the core of these and the other poems is a keen sensitivity to the world both outside and inside—how it shapes us, hurts us, nurtures us, and heals us—and the authors’ inexhaustible creativity.


While RHINO remains committed to producing a beautiful and compelling print journal, we continue to support Illinois poetry and poets with workshops, readings, events, awards, resources, and information, including our monthly RHINO Reads! poetry series and The Poetry Forum workshop series.  We also instituted a fellowship program this year to increase the reach of our editorial staff.


We have also expanded our online resources for local, national, and international poetry audiences. RHINO’s website and Big Horn Blog, as well as our Facebook and Twitter posts, help support our print publication and local events. The blog features essays, articles, interviews, audio poems, photos, and online publication of prize-winning poems. Six months after print publication, all published poems are now presented online, with placement occurring throughout the year. Our website receives more than 7000-8000 unique visitors per month.


As an independent, all-volunteer journal, we rely on your support. Your contributions and subscriptions continue to make up 75% of RHINO’s income. We thank you for making RHINO possible for the past 40 years.


Wishing you peace, poetry, and inspiration for 2017 and beyond,

the editors and fellows of RHINO

Virginia Bell      Jan Bottiglieri      Lisa Croneberg      Carol Eding   

Gail Goepfert     Ralph Hamilton    Ann Hudson     

David Jones      Matthew Kelsey      Beth McDermott      Kenyatta Rogers     

Deborah Nodler Rosen     Jacob Saenz    Angela Narciso Torres 


———-Please tear off and return with your contribution/subscription———

Contribution Levels


William Blake                          $25

Anna Akhmatova                    $35*

Langston Hughes                   $50*

Li Bai                                      $100* +


*Contributions of $35 or more include a complimentary copy of RHINO 2017






Subscriptions for RHINO 2017 are $16 + $3.50 shipping & handling ($19.50 total) in the continental U.S.

Contributions and subscriptions are accepted online @

or mail this form to RHINO, PO Box 591, Evanston, IL 60204

RHINO 2016 will ship in April, 2017

All contributions are tax deductible

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You may make a donation of any amount online through the secure donation button below. Thank you!

``We are extremely grateful to the family of Helen Degen Cohen, who have encouraged those who wish to make a donation in her memory, do so to RHINO.



December 17, 2016 |

RHINO Poetry Forum: Workshop with Ann Hudson | SUNDAY 1-22-17



Evanston Public Library

ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

Church & Orrington



Ann Hudson‘s first book, The Armillary Sphere, was selected by Mary Kinzie as the winner of the Hollis Summers Poetry prize and was published by Ohio University Press.  Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Crab Orchard Review, North American Review, Orion, Prairie Schooner, RHINO, The Spoon River Poetry Review, and elsewhere.  Her poem “Elegy With a Train In It” was made into a Motionpoem for the Big Bridges Film Festival.  She lives in Evanston, Illinois, where she teaches at Chiaravalle Montessori School.

Observation and Attention: As poets we are careful observers of the world and its shifting network of relationships, but what, really, does it mean to observe, and how does observation function in poetry?  What is the difference between observation, attention, insight, and description?  We’ll explore these issues in a few poems together, then try our hands at some observation on the fly.

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.

First Night Evanston Poetry Contest
Judged by RHINO Editors Jacob Saenz and Jan Bottiglieri


We’re pleased to partner with First Night Evanston by providing judges
for the First Night Evanston Poetry Contest

A poetry contest open to all

First Night–Evanston’s celebration of art, community
and the human spirit–announces the

First Night Poetry Prize

One winning poem will receive $200,
publication on the First Night website,
and be invited to read at First Night.

–Submissions must include a cover letter listing
your name, address, email address, and telephone #,
as well as the title of the poem
–no identifying information should appear on the poem page except
the title
–only one poem, no more than one page in length, may be submitted
by each poet
–deadline for submission December 23

Online submission only to:

The winner will be announced on the First Night website
and Facebook page December 31


RHINO Reads! in Chicago, IL
WED Feb 1, 6:30-8 pm
Featuring Vu Tran, Tara Stringfellow, and RJ Eldridge

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Join us Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

City Lit Books

2523 N Kedzie
Chicago, IL 60647
Hosted by Natasha Mijares and Poetry Center of Chicago

Featuring Vu Tran, Tara Stringfellow, and RJ Eldridge

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