RHINO Reads! at Bookends & Beginnings
Open Mic Featuring Jacques Rancourt and Naoko Fujimoto
JUNE 30, 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

This event is free and open to the public!

Jacques Rancourt is the author of Novena, winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd prize (Pleiades Press, February 2017). He has held poetry fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, and Stanford University, where he was a Wallace Stegner Fellow. His poems have appeared in the Kenyon Review, jubilat, New England Review, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Best New Poets 2014, among others. He lives and teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Naoko Fujimoto was born and raised in Nagoya, Japan. She was an exchange student and received a B.A. and M.A. from Indiana University. Her recent publications are in Prairie Schooner, Hotel Amerika, RHINO, Cream City Review, and many other journals. Her first chapbook, “Home, No Home”, won the annual Oro Fino Chapbook Competition by Educe Press. Other short collection, “Silver Seasons of Heartache”, was recently released by Glass Lyre Press. Currently she is working on her graphic poetry collection, which will be published by Tupelo Press.

RHINO Reads! at Bookends & Beginnings
Open Mic Featuring Toby Altman and Nathan McClain
MAY 26, 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

This event is free and open to the public!

Toby Altman is the author of Arcadia, Indiana (Plays Inverse, 2017) and five chapbooks, Security Theater (Present Tense Pamphlets), Tender Industrial Fabric (Greying Ghost, 2015), Same Difference (Shirt Pocket, 2015), Asides (Furniture Press, 2012) and Life of Richard (Damask, 2011). His poems can or will be found The Best American Experimental Writing 2014The Black Warrior ReviewCrazyhorseDiagramLana Turner, The Laurel Review, and other journals and anthologies.

Nathan McClain is the author of Scale (Four Way Books, forthcoming 2017). His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Southern Indiana Review, Weave Magazine, Union Station Magazine, Toe Good Poetry and Inch. A recipient of scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and The Frost Place, Nathan holds an MFA from Warren Wilson and is a Cave Canem fellow.

RHINO Reads! at Bookends & Beginnings
Open Mic Featuring Tony Trigilio and Michael Bernstein
APR 28, 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!)

Tony Trigilio’s latest book is Inside the Walls of My Own House (BlazeVOX Books, 2016)—the second installment of his multivolume poem The Complete Dark Shadows (of My Childhood). His other books of poetry include Book 1 of The Complete Dark Shadows (of My Childhood) (BlazeVOX, 2014), White Noise (Apostrophe Books, 2013), and Historic Diary (BlazeVOX, 2011). He is the editor of Dispatches from the Body Politic: Interviews with Jan Beatty, Meg Day, and Douglas Kearney (Essay Press, 2016) and Elise Cowen: Poems and Fragments (Ahsahta Press, 2014). With David Trinidad, he co-edits the poetry journal Court Green, which has recently been revived as an independent online magazine and will publish its first electronic issue in Fall 2017. He is a Professor of Creative Writing/Poetry at Columbia College Chicago.

Michael Bernstein is an American writer and musician. Poems of his have appeared in publications including New American Writing, milk, and BlazeVOX. His first poetry collection, this is an x-ray, was published by Writing Knights in 2017. Michael currently lives in Wisconsin, where he works as a prison librarian and music instructor.

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 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.