RHINO Reads! at Bookends & Beginnings
Open Mic Featuring John Amen, Joshua Corey, and Mary Jo Thompson
OCT 27, 2017

RHINO Reads October 2017
Featured Readers 6:30 pm – 8:00 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!

JOHN AMEN is the author of several collections of poetry, including strange theater (New York Quarterly Books, 2015), a finalist for the 2016 Brockman-Campbell Award and work from which was chosen as a finalist for the 2016 Dana Award. His latest collection, Illusion of an Overwhelm, was released by New York Quarterly Books in April 2017. His poetry, fiction, reviews, and essays have appeared in journals nationally and internationally, and his poetry has been translated into Spanish, French, Hungarian, Korean, and Hebrew. He is a Staff Reviewer for No Depression. He founded and continues to edit The Pedestal Magazine.


JOSHUA COREY is a poet, novelist, and translator. His most recent poetry collection is The Barons (Omnidawn Publishing, 2014); with Jean-Luc Garneau he translated Francis Ponge’s first collection of prose poems as Partisan of Things (Kenning Editions, 2016). A collection of critical prose, The Transcendental Circuit: Otherworlds of Poetry, is forthcoming in 2018 from MadHat Press; his next book of poetry, Hannah and the Master, will be published in 2019 by Ahsahta Press. He lives in Evanston with his wife and daughter and teaches English at Lake Forest College.


MARY JO THOMPSON is the author of Stunt Heart, selected by Henri Cole for the 2016 Backwaters Poetry Prize. Her work has been anthologized in Best American Poetry and Another and Another from Bull City Press and has appeared in literary journals including RHINO, Field, Beloit Poetry Journal, Prairie Schooner, Missouri Review, and Indiana Review. She lives on Nicollet Island in Minneapolis. Thompson holds an MFA in creative writing from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.


RHINO Poetry Forum: Workshop with Philip Schaefer | SUNDAY 10-22-17



Evanston Public Library

ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

Church & Orrington




Philip Schaefer’s debut collection of poems Bad Summon (University of Utah Press, 2017) won the Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize, and he’s the author of three chapbooks, two co-written with friend and poet Jeff Whitney. He won the 2016 MeridianEditor’s Prize in poetry and has work out or due out in Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Thrush Poetry Journal, Guernica, The Cincinnati Review, Salt Hill, Bat City Review, The Adroit Journal, Baltimore Review, diode, and Passages North among others. He tends bar in Missoula, MT.

Poetry as Portal: Most of us have several personalities, whether they’re dormant forever or appear unexpectedly at a second cousin’s wedding. The page can be the perfect place to exit one world and crawl into another, or better yet, to claw up the other versions of ourselves we never knew were hiding out. From discussing work by Denis Johnson and David Lynch to assessing the poetic techniques which allow for such hypnosis, we will attempt to conjure that which surprises and terrifies the most — the uswe’ve never been shown.