-The Poetry Forum/RHINO Poetry is a non-profit literary organization, primarily devoted to the publication of RHINO Poetry, an annual high-quality print journal featuring well-crafted, diverse poetry, flash fiction, and translations. While remaining committed to our print journal, beginning with the 2014 issue, all poems will be placed online throughout the year. We also feature audio versions of our poems.
RHINO Poetry occupies a niche somewhere between academia and the emerging poetry scene – devoted to creative work that tells stories, provokes thought, and pushes the boundaries in form and feeling – while connecting with our readers and audience.
We invite traditional or experimental work reflecting passion, originality, artistic conviction, and a love affair with language. We encourage emerging and established writers throughout the United States and around the world. Submissions are read by multiple editors with various tastes, all looking for quality work. Sometimes we call ourselves “eclectic” in the best sense of the word. We are proud of the content and variety of each issue we publish. For a list of contributors between 2001-2015, click here.
We foster a community of writers by presenting RHINO Reads! reading series and our Poetry Forum workshop series, awarding three cash prizes to poets each year, and celebrating the accomplishments of our contributors on our blog, Facebook, and Twitter. We are a proud contributor to the vitality of Illinois’ literary community, both through our Editors’ volunteer work with area literary events and causes, our participation at Chicago-area literary events, and bestowing the Paladin Award.
Awards and Recognitions
- RHINO Featured in “Frugal Poets’ Guide to Life” by Cynthia Gallaher – Link
- Editor-in-chief Ralph Hamilton interviewed by Chris Campanioni for the Brooklyn Rail – “Poetry Journal RHINO Turns Forty”
- Duotrope interview (Valerie Wallace) about what we look for (2016)
- Editor-in-chief Ralph Hamilton interviewed by the North Shore Weekend East (May 2015)
- Profiled as a “gem of Evanston” in the inaugural issue of Evanston Magazine with content from Angela Narciso Torres (April 2015)
- 2015 Editor Ralph Hamilton interviewed by WGN Radio Outside the Loop
- 2013 panel at AWP
- 2013 RHINO editors Ralph Hamilton and Valerie Wallace are interviewed by Lit Bridge
- 2013 Editor Ralph Hamilton interviewed about RHINO by the Guild Complex
- 2012 Mayor’s Award from the City of Evanston, for “contributions to the Evanston community through the demonstration of excellence in the arts.”
- 2012 RHINO spotlight on Writers’ Relief (interview with Valerie Wallace)
- New Pages (November 2012) wrote that RHINO is “is one of the best annual collections of poetry you can find” and that “These writers are some of the best of our artists. All of the writers in Rhino 2012 are to be complimented for the quality of their work; the editors are to be complimented for bringing them to us.” Read the full review here.
- New Pages (June 2010) wrote that RHINO is “an ambitious and high quality magazine. . .a journal that will reward the attention and the support of the most discriminating readers of poetry.” Read the full article here (scroll down the page to find RHINO).
- New Pages (2007) “….bursts with imagination and innovation…The cover art of a rhino emerging from the dark, impaling the title, scattering letters of the alphabet resembles the dynamism within.” Read the full article here (scroll down the page to find RHINO).
- New Pages (2006) writes, “This magazine continues to be a source of pleasurable reading, crowded as it is with its offbeat, lyrical voices.” Read the full article here (scroll down the page to find RHINO).
- We have received twelve Literary Awards from the Illinois Arts Council:
In 2008, for work published in RHINO 2007 – Geoffrey Forsyth, “Coins”
In 2006, for work published in RHINO 2005 – Valerie Wallace, “Jezebel Remembering”
In 2003, for work published in RHINO 2002 – David Bond, “Head” and Susan Dickman, “Skin”
In 2002, for work published in RHINO 2001 – Gail Lukasik, “In country” and Maureen Seaton, “Toy Weather”
In 2001, for work published in RHINO 2000 – S. L. Wisenberg, “Rose in Her Backyard”
In 2000, for work published in RHINO 1999 – Lucia Getsi, “Austria One” and Bob Zordani, “The Werewolf’s Daughters”
- Yusef Komunyakaa selected a RHINO 2002 poem – “Skin” by poet Susan Dickman – for publication in The Best American Poetry 2003.
- In 2006, Billy Collins selected Daniel Gutstein’s “Monsieur Pierre Est Mort” (RHINO 2005) for The Best American Poetry 2006.
We are extremely grateful to the Illinois Arts Council, a State Agency, the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, and Poets & Writers, Inc. for their support.
Collaborations & Swag
- Art+Poetry Chicago is a collaboration between The Site of Big Shoulders and RHINO Poetry. The Art+Poetry Chicago contest solicited submissions from Chicago artists based on twelve poems from the pages of RHINO Poetry. The poems and art were featured at an October 23, 2010 event and are available to view here.