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



Evanston Public Library

ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

Church & Orrington



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.

Welcome Ann Hudson, Emily Johnson, Frani O’Toole, Tim McLaughlin, Matthew Kelsey


We’ve got some fantastic new people around the table!  Our first ever “Rhino Fellow” and 4 new interns.

Hello new Rhinos!

Rhino Fellow – Ann Hudson


Undergraduate Intern(s) – Emily Johnson, Frani O’Toole

40 Readings in 40 Cities Intern –  Tim McLaughlin

Editorial Assistant Intern –  Matthew Kelsey


Read more about our team here.

May 7, 6:30pm | RHINO at Evanston Lit Fest!


Join us at the Evanston Literary Festival this Saturday, May 7 from 6:30-8 pm! Readings from RHINO 2016 poets Pam Miller, Max Barry, Jim Warner, and Ann Hudson, as well as RHINO editors Ralph Hamilton, Kenyatta Rogers, Jacob Saenz, and Angela Narciso Torres.

Sidetracked Studio, 707 Chicago Ave., Evanston


April 30, 2016 — RHINO at The Bookstall Celebration of National Independent Bookstores Day

the book stall
We’re so pleased to celebrate National Independent Bookstores Day at The Book Stall.  From their website: “Please join us for a day of prizes and surprises including give-aways, author conversations, snacks and games….in short something for readers of all ages.”


811 Elm Street, Winnetka, IL

3-4:00 RHINO Booth

RHINO Writes! Poems To Go. Three RHINO editors will be on hand to write poems on demand for a small donation of $5! Also, pick up your fresh copy of RHINO 2016, along with free RHINO swag, buttons, and bookmarks. Learn more about our ongoing events join our email list.


4:00-4:30  Reading from RHINO 2016 contributors and RHINO editors
RHINO Reads! Book Stall

J. Max Barry is an Evanston native currently working, writing, and folding origami in Chicago. A poem of his was included in the anthology, A Writers’ Congress: Chicago Poets on Barack Obama’s Inauguration. He has recently written a critical analysis of hand imagery in Emily Dickinson’s poems.


Virginia Bell is the author of From the Belly (Sibling Rivalry Press 2012).  Her poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and have appeared in Fifth Wednesday, Rogue Agent, Gargoyle, Cider Press ReviewSpoon River Poetry ReviewPoet Lore, and other journals and anthologies.  She was a finalist for the 2016 Lamar York Prize in Creative Nonfiction and she is a Senior Editor with Rhino Poetry, an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago and DePaul University, and the recipient of a Ragdale Foundation residency. 


Gail Goepfert – Gail Goepfert is a poet, amateur photographer, and teacher.  Currently, she is an associate editor of RHINO Poetry and teaches online English courses for Rasmussen College.  Her first chapbook, A Mind on Pain, was released by Finishing Line Press in early in 2015.   Twice she’s received Pushcart nominations.  Recent publications include Blue Lyra, Crab Orchard and Jet Fuel Reviews, Florida English, Examined Life Journal, and Room Magazine.  Her photographs appear online at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Olentangy Review, 3Elements Review and on the cover of February 2015 Rattle.  She lives, writes, and snaps photos in the Chicagoland area.  


Ann Hudson‘s first book, The Armillary Sphere, was chosen by Mary Kinzie for the Hollis Summers Prize and was published by Ohio University Press. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Chautauqua, Cider Press Review, Crab Orchard Review, North American Review, Orion, Rhino, Spoon River Poetry Review, Seattle Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Evanston, and teaches at Chiaravalle Montessori School.


Dipika Mukherjee’s poetry publications include “The Third Glass of Wine” (Kolkata: Writer’s Workshop, 2015) and “The Palimpsest of Exile” (Edmonton: Rubicon Press, 2009). Her work appears in publications around the world including Asia Literary Review, World Literature Today, Rhino, Chicago Quarterly Review, Postcolonial Text and South Asian Review. She has won multiple awards for her fiction, including the Virginia Prize for Fiction for her second novel “Shambala Junction” (UK, 2016), The Gayatri GaMarsh Award for Literary Excellence (USA, 2015), and the Platform Flash Fiction Prize (India, 2009).  She is Contributing Editor for Chicago Quarterly Review and Jaggery and curates an Asian/American Reading Series in Chicago.


Angela Narciso Torres’s first book, Blood Orange, won the Willow Books Literature Award for Poetry. Recent work appears or is forthcoming in Kyoto Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Colorado Review, and Drunken Boat. A graduate of Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Angela has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Illinois Arts Council, and Ragdale Foundation. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Manila, she serves as a senior poetry editor for RHINO, a publicity coordinator for Woman Made Gallery Literary Events, and a reader for New England Review.

RHINO Celebrates 40 Years | Haki Madhubuti Receives 2016 Paladin Award

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Susanna Lang reads a poem by Helen Degen Cohen.

Susanna Lang reads a poem by Helen Degen Cohen.


Tina Boyer Brown

Tina Boyer Brown


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Aricka Foreman

Teresa Dzieglewicz

Teresa Dzieglewicz


Katie Hartsock

Katie Hartsock

Ann Hudson

Ann Hudson

Sarah Jefferis

Sarah Jefferis

Sarah Kim

Sarah Kim

Simon Mermelstein

Simon Mermelstein

Pamela Miller

Pamela Miller


Dipika Mukherjee

Dipika Mukherjee


Mike Puican

Mike Puican


Kenyatta Rogers presents Haki Madhubuti with the 2016 Paladin Award “for outstanding contributions to poetry in Illinois.”


Beth McDermott reads “For the Consideration of Poets” from Haki Madhubuti’s book Run Toward Fear.


(from left) Valerie Wallace, Carol Eding, Virginia Bell, Jacob Saenz, Haki Madhubuti, Rochelle Jones, Jan Bottiglieri, David Jones, Deborah Rosen, Angela Narciso Torres, Ralph Hamilton, Gail Goepfert, Kenyatta Rogers, Lisa Croneberg, Beth McDermott.


Photos by Marc Monaghan.

Check our Facebook Album RHINO 2016 Release Party for more photos!

April 17, 2016 RHINO 2016 Release Party in Chicagoland


Help us celebrate the release of RHINO 2016!



2 – 4:00 PM

at the home of Ralph Hamilton:

      630 Clinton Place, Evanston, IL


Featuring these local poets from RHINO 2016

Tina Boyer Brown

Teresa Dzieglewicz

Aricka Foreman

Katie Hartsock

Ann Hudson

Sarah Jefferis

Sarah Kim

Simon Mermelstein

Pam Miller

Dipika Mukherjee

Mike Puican

plus more RHINO poets at the open mike!*

We will award poet, publisher, writer, teacher, and activist Haki Madhubuti the 2016 Paladin Award for outstanding service to Illinois poetry.

RHINO 2016 & other delicious publications and accoutrements

will be available for purchase & perusal.


*Poets who have appeared in RHINO and one poem limit, please!

Sign-up sheet will be at the door.

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Congratulations Greg Grummer, 2016 Founders’ Prize Winner, and Runners-up Katie Heartsick and Teresa Dzieglewicz

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The editors of RHINO are happy to announce the winner, runners-up and selections for the 2016 issue from our 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 2016.

The winner of our Founders’ Prize for the 2016 issue:

Greg GrummerGreg Grummer, “The Great Butterfly Collapse”

Katie Hartsock, “On the Heat of Upstate Travel in the Advancing Polar Air”
Teresa Dzieglewicz, “St Maria Goretti speaks to the girl”

In addition to the above winners, we selected the following for publication in the 2016 issue:

Jose Araguz, “Scripture: Meadowlark” and “Scripture: Hour”
Joann Balingit, “Limón Homage”
Teresa Dzieglewicz, “Stranger, Thank You for Giving Me This Body”
Ann Hudson, “Having It Out with Walt Whitman at ACE Hardware”
Sarah Kim, “Reflection”
Fergus McAlister, “Haven”
Pablo Otavalo ,”El Morro”
Maggie Rowe, “Like a Solemn Friend Inebriate with Rain”
Lee Sharkey “Tashlich” and “Old World”
Marilyn Taylor, “Ice”


RHINO Reads! Open Mic and Featured Poets Ann Hudson, Deb Ryel, Cassie Sparkman, Laura Van Prooyen, and Angela N. Torres 4-29-11

Ann Hudson
Deborah E. Ryel
Cassie Sparkman
Laura Van Prooyen
Angela Narciso Torres

Open Mike        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Poets       6:45 pm – 7:30 pm

Brothers K

500 Main St.

Evanston, IL


Ann Hudson grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia. Her poems have appeared in many literary journals including Crab Orchard Review, Iris, North American Review, Prairie Schooner, and The Seattle Review.She is the author of The Armillary Sphere, Winner of the 2005 Hollis Summers Poetry Prize.

Deb Ryel started school in Rochester, N.Y. where her great grandfather was a horse trader and her mother was a seamstress.  She spent a college year in Paris and received her Masters degree from the University of Southern California.  She now lives in Warrenville, Illinois.  Her poems have appeared in The Prairie Light Review, The Writer, The Spoon River Quarterly, The River Oak Review, Korone and in three anthologies, The Thing about Love is…, The Thing about Second Chances is…, and The Thing about Hope is….

Cassie Sparkman is the Poet in Residence at Alexander Graham Bell School. She received her MFA in poetry from the University of Washington. Her poetry can be seen most recently in Cimarron Review, 32 Poems, American Poetry Journal, The Laurel Review, Story South, and Pebble Lake Review. Her poems have also appeared on the Verse Daily web site. Her work has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes. Cassie has also been a featured reader at poetry readings in Seattle, Athens, OH, and in Chicago, and is a trained performance artist. Cassie also teaches with the Evanston Arts Camps and After School Matters.
Laura Van Prooyen‘s first collection of poetry, Inkblot and Altar, was published by Pecan Grove Press.  Recent work is forthcoming or appears in 32 Poems, Boston Review, The Greensboro Review, and No Tell Motel, among others.  She is a graduate of the M.F.A. Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.
Angela N. Torres grew up in Manila, Philippines.  A graduate of the Warren Wilson MFA Program, her poems appear in many journals, including the Filipina anthology Going Home to a Landscape. Her first book manuscript, “The Photographer’s Daughter,” was named a semi-finalist for the 2010 Philip Levine Prize in Poetry and a  semi-finalist for the 2011 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition.