RHINO Poetry Forum: Workshop with Michael Eddie Anderson | SUNDAY 3-26-17

COME AND SHOW US YOUR NEW WORK!

Evanston Public Library

ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

Church & Orrington

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1:30-4:30

Michael Eddie Anderson has been published in several journals including New Verse News, Matter Monthly, Rhino, Pen Woman, and the Poet and Artist Chapbook of the Northwest Cultural Council. He has worked as an associate editor at Rhino and now serves on their advisory board. Anderson is co-founder of the Well-Curb Society, dedicated to the systematic explication of the poetry of Robert Frost, and has led seminars throughout the Chicagoland area.

Can I Make the Cut?: Robert Frost speaks of unforgettable poetry. And he says we don’t have to wait a hundred years to recognize it. We know it instantly—like love at first sight—because it cuts in the reader an “immortal wound.” I suspect we’ve all had that experience, that instantaneous wounding. However, for the working poet, the question is not, Can I feel the cut? but, Can I make it?

In celebration of Frost’s birthday (March 26), we’ll review some of his poetry, discuss how (or whether) it inflicts the wound, and how to use these insights to create unforgettable verse.

 

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.

Congratulations Kevin Simmonds, 2017 Founders’ Prize Winner,
and Runners-up Tim Woods and Willie James

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The RHINO editors are happy to announce the winner and runners-up for the 2017 Founders’ Contest!

  • The winner will receive $500.00, publication in the next issue, will be featured on our website, and nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
  • Two runners up will receive $50.00, publication in the next issue, and will be featured on our website. We occasionally nominate a runner-up for a Pushcart Prize.
  • The annual issue will be published in April 2017.

The winner of our Founders’ Prize for the 2017 issue:

Kevin Simmonds, “Exit Wound”

Runners-Up:

Tim Woods, “Shiki”
Willie James, “Andrew Wyeth: Helga”

 

RHINO Reads! at Bookends & Beginnings
Open Mic Featuring Albert DeGenova and Tyehimba Jess
FEB 24 2017

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Open Mic        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Readers        6:45 pm – 7:45 pm

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

(NOTE THE NEW LOCATION!)

 

Albert DeGenova is an award-winning poet, musician, publisher and teacher.  He is the author of three books of poetry and three chapbooks.  His newest book from Purple Flag Press is Black Pearl, poems of love, sex and regret. DeGenova is the founder and co-editor of After Hours magazine, a journal of Chicago writing and art, which launched in June of 2000. DeGenova leads several writing workshops throughout the year including an annual writing week at The Clearing Folk School (previously the Norbert Blei Writing Workshop) and also with Write-On Door County.

Tyehimba Jess is the author of Leadbelly (winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series) and Olio. Jess is a Cave Canem and NYU Alumni, and received a 2004 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He was a 2004-2005 Winter Fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and won a 2016 Lannan Literary Award in Poetry. Jess is Poetry and Fiction Editor of African American Review and Associate Professor of English at College of Staten Island. His fiction and poetry have appeared in anthologies such as Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American PoetryBeyond The Frontier: African American Poetry for the Twenty-First Century, Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature and Art, Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam, Power Lines: Ten Years of Poetry from Chicago’s Guild Complex, and Slam: The Art of Performance Poetry. 

 

RHINO Poetry Forum: Workshop with Sarah Carson | SUNDAY 2-26-17

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COME AND SHOW US YOUR NEW WORK!

Evanston Public Library

ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

Church & Orrington

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1:30-4:30

Sarah Carson‘s work has appeared in The Christian Century, DIAGRAM, Guernica, the Minnesota Review, and the New Orleans Review, among others. She is the author of two full-length poetry collections–Poems in which You Die (BatCat Press) and Buick City (Mayapple Press)–and several chapbooks. Born and raised in Michigan, she now lives in Chicago with her two dogs.

Prompt-a-Palooza: Why sit around talking about writing when we can just get to it?! This session will feature a number of idea-generating strategies for those days when there just seems to be nothing to write about. We’ll talk about where an idea for a poem comes from and learn a number of prompts that you’ll be able to use again and again when writer’s block strikes. And we’ll write, write, write.

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.

RHINO Reads! at Bookends & Beginnings
Open Mic Featuring Lee Sharkey and Tara Betts
JAN 27 2017

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Open Mic        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Readers        6:45 pm – 7:45 pm

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

(NOTE THE NEW LOCATION!)

Lee Sharkey’s Walking Backwards just appeared from Tupelo Press. Her earlier collections include Calendars of Fire(Tupelo, 2013), A Darker, Sweeter String (Off the Grid, 2008), and eight other full-length poetry books and chapbooks. Her work has appeared in Crazyhorse, FIELD, Kenyon Review, Massachusetts Review, Nimrod, Pleiades, Seattle Review, and other journals. Her recognitions include the RHINO Editor’s Prize, the Abraham Sutzkever Centennial Translation Prize, the Maine Arts Commission’s Fellowship in Literary Arts, and the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance’s Distinguished Achievement Award.

Tara Betts is the author of Break the Habit and Arc & Hue. Tara holds a MFA from New England College and a Ph.D. from Binghamton University. Her writing has appeared in American Poetry Review, POETRYEssence, NYLONOctavia’s Brood, and The Break Beat Poets.  Tara teaches at University of Illinois-Chicago.

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 

 

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

 

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``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.

 

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December 17, 2016 |

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

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COME AND SHOW US YOUR NEW WORK!

Evanston Public Library

ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

Church & Orrington

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1:30-4:30

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

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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.

Guidelines:
–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: poetry@firstnightevanston.org

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

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