Jan Bottiglieri is a poet and freelance writer who lives in Schaumburg, Illinois. She holds an MFA from Pacific University and, in addition to her role around the editor’s table, serves as treasurer for RHINO. She’s been a RHINO editor since 2005.
Jan has led poetry workshops in and around Chicago, and was a finalist in the Poetry Center of Chicago’s 7th Juried Reading. Her poems have appeared in journals and anthologies including Bellevue Literary Review, Court Green, Harpur Palate, Rattle, Pearl, Willow Springs, Margie, Sunrise from Blue Thunder (Perugia Press), and Brute Neighbors (DePaul University Press), and she has received two Pushcart Prize nominations.
Jan is the author of the chapbook Where Gravity Pools the Sugar (Finishing Line Press) and the full-length collection Alloy (Mayapple Press), and you can see her pysanky here.
When she’s not reading or writing poetry, giving or attending poetry readings, or thinking in general about poetry and its critical role in a functioning society, Jan enjoys spending time with her husband John, a high school English and film teacher, and her son Jake, a screenwriter; baking and giving away/eating things she’s baked; and going to the movies.
“I love poetry that makes me forget the world as it is—that makes me reconsider the ordinary through the lens of the extraordinary. The best part of every RHINO meeting is sharing and discussing poems with my fellow editors, and the excitement that lights the room when we know we’ve found something gorgeous to share with our readers.”