RHINO Reads! at Bookends & Beginnings
Open Mic Featuring Roger Reeves and Doug Ramspeck
JULY 28, 2017



Featured Readers        6:45 pm – 7:45 pm

Open Mic        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Bookends & Beginnings, LLC
1712 Sherman Ave, Alley #1
Evanston, IL 60201

This event is free and open to the public!

Roger Reevespoems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, and Tin House, among others. Kim Addonizio selected “Kletic of Walt Whitman” for the Best New Poets 2009 anthology. He was awarded a 2013 NEA Fellowship, Ruth Lilly Fellowship by the Poetry Foundation in 2008, two Bread Loaf Scholarships, an Alberta H. Walker Scholarship from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and two Cave Canem Fellowships. His first book is King Me (Copper Canyon Press, 2013). Roger has been teaching at the University of Illinois, Chicago, for a number of years, but is beginning a professorship at University of Texas this Fall.

Doug Ramspeck is the author of six poetry collections and one collection of short stories. His most recent book, Black Flowers, is forthcoming by LSU Press. Four books have received awards: The Owl That Carries Us Away (G. S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction, forthcoming), Original Bodies (Michael Waters Poetry Prize), Mechanical Fireflies (Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize), and Black Tupelo Country (John Ciardi Prize for Poetry). Individual poems have appeared in journals that include The Southern Review, The Kenyon Review, Slate, The Georgia Review, and RHINO. Doug is an associate professor at The Ohio State University in Lima, Ohio.

July 27, 2017 |

Congrats to José Angel Araguz!

Check out José Angel Araguz’s Small Fires, which was recently published by FutureCycle Press and can be purchased here. Inside, you’ll encounter José’s poem “Joe,” which was included in our 2015 issue and received our Editors’ Prize.

July 9, 2017 |

Exquisite Corpse




This year’s episode of the Printers’ Row Literary Festival was held on Saturday, June 1oth, and Sunday, June 11th. The crash was on hand, as usual, and though we were often busy selling issues and dazzling passers-by with our rhino figurines, we did find time to create an exquisite corpse. Just click on the link below in order to read and enjoy:

RHINO — Exquisite Corpse 2017

RHINO Poetry Forum: Workshop with Annah Browning | SUNDAY 07-23-17

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Evanston Public Library

ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

Church & Orrington




Annah Browning hails from the foothills of South Carolina, but currently calls Chicago home. She holds an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis and a Ph.D. from the Program for Writers at The University of Illinois-Chicago, and she is the author of a chapbook, The Marriage (Horse Less Press, 2013). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, Indiana Review, Verse Daily, Boulevard, Willow Springs, and other journals. She is poetry editor of Grimoire, an online literary magazine of dark arts.

Persona: What does it mean to speak in the voice of a character other than oneself inside a poem? What freedoms, truths, and perspectives can be gained from speaking through such masks, and how can we create the sensation of a compelling speaker within our own poems? We’ll examine poems from the dramatic monologue tradition by Robert Browning and James Tate, as well as more unconventional persona poems by Sally Wen Mao, Louise Glück, and Anne Sexton, before trying our hands at a persona-building poetry exercise.