RHINO Reads! Open Mic & Featured Readers Bryan Borland and Virginia Bell 9-28-12

Open Mike        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Poets        6:45 pm – 7:30 pm

Brothers K

500 Main St.

Evanston, IL

Directions

Bryan Borland is a multi-time Pushcart nominee and the owner of Sibling Rivalry Press, a small publishing house based just outside of Little Rock, Arkansas. His first book, “My Life as Adam, was one of only five collections of poetry included on the American Library Association’s inaugural “Over the Rainbow” list of noteworthy LGBT publications of 2010. He is also editor of Assaracus, the only print journal in the world dedicated to the poetry of gay men. Bryan will be reading from his new book, “Less Fortunate Pirates: Poems from the First Year without My Father”.

Virginia Bell’s first collection of poetry, “From the Belly”, has just been released from Sibling Rivalry Press. Her poetry has also appeared in such journals as CALYX, The Mom Egg, Poet Lore, Pebble Lake Review, Wicked Alice, Ekphrasis, Woman Made Gallery’s Her Mark, and Beltway Poetry Quarterly, as well as in the anthologies Brute Neighbors: Urban Nature Poetry, Prose and Photography and A Writers’ Congress: Chicago Poets on Barack Obama’s Inauguration. Virginia is an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago and an Associate Editor with RHINO.

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August 16, 2012 | |

RHINO Reads! Open Mic & Featured Readers Brenda Cárdenas & Katie Phillips 7-27-12

Open Mike        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Poets        6:45 pm – 7:30 pm

Brothers K

500 Main St.

Evanston, IL

Directions

Brenda Cárdenas is the author of two collections of poetry Boomerang (Bilingual Press, 2009) and From the Tongues of Brick and Stone (Momotombo Press, Institute for Latino/a Studies, University of Notre Dame, 2005). She also co-edited Between the Heart and the Land: Latina Poets in the Midwest (MARCH/Abrazo Press, 2001). Cárdenas’ work has appeared in a range of publications, including The Wind Shifts: The New Latino Poetry, The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century, Achiote Seeds, RATTLE, Pilgrimage, and most recently in Verse Wisconsin, Cream City Review, the 2012 Wisconsin Poets Calendar, and the anthology Brute Neighbors: Urban Nature Poetry, Prose and Photography. She is an Associate Professor in the Creative Writing program at the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee.

Katie Phillips is the author of the chapbook, Driving Montana, Alone, which won the Slapering Hol Press 2010 Chapbook Competition. She grew up in Maryland & Colorado, and lived in Montana before moving to a suburb of Chicago. Her poems have been published in the Cider Press Review, the Raintown Review, The Same, and elsewhere. In 2011, the title poem to her first chapbook, “Driving Montana, Alone,”) was read by Garrison Keillor on NPR’s The Writers’ Almanac.

This project has been partially supported by grants from Poets & Writers, Inc.
and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

July 20, 2012 | |

RHINO Reads! Open Mic & Featured Readers Ladan Osman & Jan Bottiglieri

Open Mike        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Poets        6:45 pm – 7:30 pm

Brothers K

500 Main St.

Evanston, IL

Directions

Ladan Osman is originally from Somalia. A 2012 Pushcart Prize nominee, she received her MFA as a Michener Fellow from the University of Texas at Austin. Her work has appeared/is forthcoming in “American Life in Poetry,” Black Renaissance Noire, The Feminist Wire, Kweli, MELUS, Narrative,
Poet Lore,
and Prairie Schooner.

Jan Bottiglieri is a freelance writer with an MFA in poetry from Pacific University. Jan has been published in numerous journals including Court Green, After Hours, Margie and Rattle, and she has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is managing editor of RHINO.

This project has been partially supported by grants from Poets & Writers, Inc.
and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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RHINO Reads! Open Mic & Featured Readers Andrea Witzke Slot and Ralph Hamilton 4-27-12

Open Mike        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Poets        6:45 pm – 7:30 pm

Brothers K

500 Main St.

Evanston, IL

Directions

Andrea Witzke Slot is the author of To find a new beauty (Gold Wake Press, 2012).  Her work has appeared in Borderlands: Texas Poetry ReviewTranslation ReviewWritten River: A Journal of Eco-PoeticsAlba: A Journal of Short PoetryThe Pacific ReviewSouthern Women’s ReviewTranslation Review, and Chiron Review, among other print and online journals. She teaches at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is an associate editor at Rhino Poetry as well as the book review editor at Fifth Wednesday Journal. She lives just outside of Chicago with her husband, the youngest of her five children/stepchildren, and her crazy West Highland Terrier, Macbeth.

Ralph Hamilton is editor of RHINO.

This project has been partially supported by grants from Poets & Writers, Inc.
and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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April 19, 2012 | |

RHINO Reads! Open Mic & Featured Readers Erika L. Sánchez and Traci Brimhall 3-30-12

Open Mike        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Poets        6:45 pm – 7:30 pm

Brothers K

500 Main St.

Evanston, IL

Directions

Erika L. Sánchez has been published in Crab Orchard Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Witness, Anti, Drunken Boat, Hunger Mountain, Pleiades, Jezebel, and others. She holds an MFA from the University of New Mexico and was a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to Madrid, Spain. You can find her blog at ohhellsnah.com and her articles on newstaco.com where she writes under the moniker Oh Hells Nah.

Traci Brimhall is the author of Our Lady of the Ruins (W.W. Norton, 2012), winner of  the Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Rookery (SIU Press, 2010), winner of the Crab Orchard Series First Book Award. Her poems have appeared in Kenyon Review, Slate, VQR, New England Review, and elsewhere. She’s currently a doctoral candidate at Western Michigan University.

This project has been partially supported by grants from Poets & Writers, Inc.
and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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March 18, 2012 | |

RHINO Reads! Open mic 1-27-12 and Featured Readers Tania Runyan and Marc J. Frazier

Open Mike        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Poets       6:45 pm – 7:30 pm

Brothers K

500 Main St.

Evanston, IL

Directions

Tania Runyan is the author of A Thousand Vessels (WordFarm), Simple Weight (FutureCycle Press) and Delicious Air (Finishing Line Press), which was awarded Book of the Year by the Conference on Christianity and Literature in 2007. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in many publications, including Poetry, Image, Atlanta Review, Indiana Review, The Christian Century, Willow Springs, Nimrod, Southern Poetry Review, Poetry Northwest, and the anthology A Fine Frenzy: Poets Respond to Shakespeare. She was awarded an NEA Literature Fellowship in 2011.

Marc J. Frazier has been widely published in journals including The Spoon River Poetry Review, ACM, Plainsongs, Poet Lore, Rhino, The Broome Review, and The G W Review. Work is forthcoming from River Oak Review, The Evansville Review, Folly, and Caveat Lector. He is the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Award for poetry and has had several residencies at the Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest.

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This project has been partially supported by grants from Poets & Writers and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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January 20, 2012 | |

RHINO Reads! Open Mic and Featured Poets Ruth Goring and Estaben Colon, 11-25-11

Open Mike        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Poets       6:45 pm – 7:30 pm

Brothers K

500 Main St.

Evanston, IL

Directions

Ruth Goring‘s Yellow Doors was published by WordFarm (2004); her poems have appeared recently, or will soon, in CALYX, Pilgrimage, Comstock Review, RHINO, New Madrid, Off the Coast, Ginosko, Naugatuck River Review, Verse Wisconsin, Chicago Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. She edits books at the University of Chicago Press and is finishing up a second manuscript, a collection of poems set in Colombia, where she grew up.

Esteban Colon is a writer from Chicago Heights.  A founding member of the Waiting 4 the Bus Poetry Collective, he co-hosts the 1st and 3rd Monday Night Open mics as well as their 1st Friday show.  His work has found print in varied publications including Rhino Magazine, and has been collected in the chap books Between Blue Lines and Edgar Avenue.  He is the Editor in Chief of Exact Change Only and the devious mind behind The Poetry Bomb.

This project has been partially supported by grants from Poets & Writers and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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November 14, 2011 | |

RHINO Reads! Open Mic and Featured Poets Sarah Carson, Helen Degen Cohen, Tim Hunt, Allan Johnston, Susanna Lang 10-28-11

Sarah Carson

Helen Degen Cohen

Tim Hunt

Allan Johnston

Susanna Lang

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Open Mike        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Poets       6:45 pm – 7:30 pm

Brothers K

500 Main St.

Evanston, IL

Directions

featuring Finishing Line Press Chicago-area poets Sarah Carson, Helen Degen Cohen, Tim Hunt, Allan Johnston, Susanna Lang

This project has been partially supported by grants from Poets & Writers and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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October 9, 2011 | |

RHINO Reads! Open Mic and Featured Poets Bill Coughlin & Ralph Hamilton 9-30-11

Open Mike        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Poets       6:45 pm – 7:30 pm

Brothers K

500 Main St.

Evanston, IL

Directions

Bill Coughlin is a Chicago native who lives near the lake with his partner and cocker spaniel.  He earned his MA in English from DePaul University and his MFA in Poetry from Columbia College.  At various times in his life he has been a seminarian, a teacher, a Unitarian Universalist, a classical pianist, a runner, a dog lover and a world traveler. He lives with his partner and their cocker spaniel in Chicago and spends as much time as possible on the coast of Maine.

Earlier this year his first collection of poems, entitled migrations, was published by Aquitaine Media, a local publishing company.  He is currently planning a second full length collection centered on issues arising from recovered memories.

Ralph Hamilton, Editor of RHINO, earned his MFA in poetry from Bennington.  His past professions include: ranch hand, hospital orderly, White House aide, mountain climber, stunt double, arbitrageur, seminarian, foundation executive, prep cook, dean of students, homme fatale, rodeo cowboy, stay-at-home dad, and policy analyst.  He is currently finishing up two books of poems, That Subtle Knot and The Barnyard of Boyage.

This project has been partially supported by grants from Poets & Writers and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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September 27, 2011 | |

RHINO Reads! Open Mic and Featured Poets Roger Reeves and Jan Bottiglieri 8-26-11

Open Mike        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Poets       6:45 pm – 7:30 pm

Brothers K

500 Main St.

Evanston, IL

Directions

Roger Reeves‘ poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, American Literary Review, Tin House, and the Indiana Review, among others. Kim Addonizio selected “Kletic of Walt Whitman” for the Best New Poets 2009 anthology. He was awarded a Ruth Lilly Fellowship by the Poetry Foundation in 2008, two Bread Loaf Scholarships, an Alberta H. Walker Scholarship from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and two Cave Canem Fellowships. He earned his MFA from the University of Texas and is currently a Ph.D. student in the English Department at UT. Roger has just joined the faculty at the UIC as an assistant professor of poetry.

Jan Bottiglieri is a freelance writer, and has been an associate editor for RHINO since 2004. She received her MFA in Poetry from Pacific University.  Jan’s poems have been published in journals including Margie, Court Green, After Hours, Diagram, Bellevue Literary Review, Pearl, Apercus Quarterly and the anthologies Illinois Writers: Where We Live, Brute Neighbors, and Solace in So Many Words, among others. She was a finalist in the Chicago Poetry Center’s 7th Juried Reading and has received two Pushcart Prize nominations. Jan has given readings and led poetry workshops throughout the Chicago area.  She lives in Schaumburg, Illinois with her husband and son.

This project has been partially supported by grants from Poets & Writers and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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August 12, 2011 | |