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 

 

———-Please tear off and return with your contribution/subscription———

Contribution Levels

 

William Blake                          $25

Anna Akhmatova                    $35*

Langston Hughes                   $50*

Li Bai                                      $100* +

 

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

 

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Subscriptions for RHINO 2017 are $16 + $3.50 shipping & handling ($19.50 total) in the continental U.S.

Contributions and subscriptions are accepted online @ rhinopoetry.org

or mail this form to RHINO, PO Box 591, Evanston, IL 60204

RHINO 2016 will ship in April, 2017

All contributions are tax deductible

A link to our JustGive donor website:  https://npo.justgive.org/rhinopoetry

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You may make a donation of any amount online through the secure JustGive.org donation button below. Thank you!

``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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RHINO Reads! in Chicago, IL
WED Feb 1, 6:30-8 pm
Featuring Vu Tran, Tara Stringfellow, and RJ Eldridge
#RHINO40Readings40Cities

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Join us Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

City Lit Books

2523 N Kedzie
Chicago, IL 60647
Hosted by Natasha Mijares and Poetry Center of Chicago

Featuring Vu Tran, Tara Stringfellow, and RJ Eldridge

We’re thrilled to help sponsor this event as part of our 40th Anniversary Year!

Click here to find out more about our #RHINO40Readingsin40Cities initiative

RHINO Reads! in Brooklyn, NY
TUE Nov 29, 7 pm
Hosted by Arden Levine
with Carrie Conners, Christine Hamm, Mike Lala, Laura Swearingen-Steadwell
#RHINO40Readings40Cities

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Join us Tuesday, November 29, 2016

KGB Bar

85 E 4th St
Brooklyn, NY 1003

Hosted by Arden Levine

Featuring Carrie Conners, Christine Hamm, Mike Lala, and Laura Swearingen-Steadwell

We’re thrilled to help sponsor this event as part of our 40th Anniversary Year!

Click here to find out more about our #RHINO40Readingsin40Cities initiative

RHINO Poetry Forum: Workshop with Anne-Marie Cusac | SUNDAY 11-27-16

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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

Anne-Marie Cusac, a George Polk Award-winning journalist, poet, and Professor in the Department of Communication at Roosevelt University, is the author of two books of poetry: The Mean Days (Tia Chucha, 2001) and Silkie, (Many Mountains Moving, 2007), and the nonfiction book Cruel and Unusual: The Culture of Punishment in America (Yale University Press, 2009). Cruel and Unusual won a 2009 PASS (Prevention for a Safer Society) Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency and appeared in a paperback edition in September 2010. Her poetry has also appeared in the journals Poetry, Iowa Review, TriQuarterly, The American Scholar, The Madison Review, and Crab Orchard Review, among others. 

 

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!
NOV 18 2016
Featuring Women of Willow
With publisher Heather Buchanan
and authors Kelly Norman Ellis, Sahar Mustafah, and Cole Lavalais

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Featured Readers        6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Brothers K Coffeehouse
500 Main St., Evanston, IL

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H. Buchanan is a writer and multimedia producer. The owner of Aquarius Press and co-founder of Willow Books, her own work appears in print and digital publications, including MÖBIUS, The Blood Jet Writing Hour and Brooklyn’s Look At Flatbush, where she is the managing director of the books section. A musician, Buchanan is a member of the Society for American Music. She is the executive producer of The Remembrance Project, a centennial print, digital, and musical tribute to the Harlem Hellfighters.

Kelly Norman Ellis is an associate professor of English and director of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Chicago State University. She is the author of Tougaloo Blues and co-editor of Spaces Between Us: Poetry, Prose and Art on AIDS/HIV, both from Third World Press. Her work has appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Sou’Wester, PMS (Poem, Memoir, Story), Tidal Basin Review, Calyx, and The Ringing Ear. In 2010 Essence Magazine voted her one of their forty favorite poets. She is a Cave Canem Poetry Fellow and founding member of the Affrilachian Poets.

Sahar Mustafah is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, an inheritance she explores in her fiction. Her short story collection is the 2016 winner of the Willow Books Grand Prize, forthcoming in 2017. She teaches English and creative writing to wonderfully misunderstood teenagers, who tell her she will make it big someday and leave them when her book is optioned. She’s also a proud co-founder of Bird’s Thumb, an online literary journal, devoted to new, emerging, and established voices.

Cole Lavalais’ short stories have appeared in The Offing, Obsidian, Apogee, Warpland, Tidal Basin Review and others. She’s been awarded writer residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and The Noepe Center for the Literary Arts. She is a fellow of the Kimbilio Center for Black Fiction, VONA, and the Callaloo Writing workshops. She holds an M.F.A. from Chicago State University and a Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a Visiting Writer at Mississippi University for Women and teaches community-based writing workshops on the south side of Chicago.

RHINO Reads! in Coral Gables, FL
FRI Oct 28, 8 pm
Hosted by Gregg Shapiro
with Denise Duhamel, Nadra Mabrouk, Jen Bartman, and Maureen Seaton
#RHINO40Readings40Cities

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Join us Friday, October 28, 2016

Books & Books

265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134

Hosted by Gregg Shapiro

Featuring Denise Duhamel, Nadra Mabrouk, Jen Bartman, and Maureen Seaton

We’re thrilled to help sponsor this event as part of our 40th Anniversary Year!

Click here to find out more about our #RHINO40Readingsin40Cities initiative