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.