Hello new Rhinos!
Summer Editorial Assistants – Kelsey Hoff, Christine Martin
Undergraduate Intern – Margaret Saigh
Read more about our team here.
Summer Editorial Assistants – Kelsey Hoff, Christine Martin
Undergraduate Intern – Margaret Saigh
Congratulations to our editor Ralph Hamilton!
“The Lambda Literary Awards were founded in 1989 to elevate the profile of LGBT literature,” said Lambda Literary Board President, KG MacGregor. “In so doing, we also elevate the lives of those who find themselves authentically portrayed in our stories. It is with great pride that we come together each year to celebrate the excellent works of inspiring authors who have walked in our shoes.”
RHINO inspired recently launched high school lit mag, Ricochet Review. “The seeds for Ricochet were planted last spring when Maja Teref invited Von Steuben Principal Pedro Alonso to a reading sponsored by Rhino Poetry . . .” Read the DNAinfo.com article here.
RHINO poet Steven Teref and co-founder of Ricochet Review recalls that Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center Principal Pedro Alonso attended to hear teacher Maja Teref and him read a poem they translated that was published in the 2012 issue. During the reading, Mr. Alonso was inspired by RHINO’s readers and the high quality of the magazine. After the reading, Mr. Alonso asked the Terefs what it would take to start a poetry magazine at Von Steuben MSC. From that conversation, Ricochet Review was born.
Ricochet Review is a student-run magazine that publishes high school poets who’ve been mentored by established poets. The magazine publishes work by the students and their mentors, and reflections by them about the mentoring process and what each learned from the other.
A year later, Ricochet Review editors and poets came to hear RHINO’s poets read work published in the 2013 issue. Shortly after, RHINO editors came to Ricochet Review’s inaugural release party. To date editors Virginia Bell, Angela Narciso Torres, and Jacob Saenz are now mentoring student poets for Ricochet Review’s second issue.
RHINO editor Virginia Bell on her experience: “As the title “Ricochet” suggests, the brilliance of this journal comes from the interplay between pairs of writers, so-called apprentice poets and master poets. In the past month of mentoring a high school student writer, I have been startled, moved, inspired, and reminded of why my life involves reading, writing, and teaching poetry at all.”
Novice writers have the gift of what Dean Young calls “the art of recklessness,” the ability to take risks while writing, to write with abandon, and to write without too much self-censorship. What often emerges is a natural wellspring of technique, as well as profound motivation. Their work is driven by a refreshingly urgent need for expression. Although my job is to help a young writer become more conscious and aware of craft, and to practice revision, I am learning anew as much as I am guiding and teaching. A mutual and reciprocal relationship–a kind of collaboration really–is at the heart of this wonderful new journal.”
RHINO editor Angela Narciso Torres: “As a graduate of a low-residency MFA program at whose heart lies one-on-one individualized instruction through regular correspondence between mentor and student, I jumped at the chance to participate as a mentor in Maja and Steven Teref’s high school poetry program. Having been on the receiving end of rigorous critique of my poems, careful attention to what makes each poem work, and honest ongoing assessments of my strengths and weaknesses as a poet—all from the hands of trusted and knowledgeable master poets in a mentorship role—I felt this high school program was the perfect opportunity for me to give back. What a gift it would be if all young aspiring poets could be granted access to a community of writers who cared about as much as they did about their own poetry. Ricochet’s mentorship program is a sure step in this direction, and I am proud to be part of it.”
For nearly 25 years, the Guild Literary Complex has been a community- based literary organization presenting and supporting diverse, divergent, and emerging voices through innovative programs including performances and readings.
Ralph talks frank talk with Guild’s Debbie Carlson about RHINO’s selection process, the Chicago poetry scene, who he’s reading now, and what isn’t being written about.
Virginia Bell‘s poetry appeared in the Spring 2012 issues of Calyx and The Mom Egg. Her first book, From the Belly, is forthcoming from Sibling Rivalry Press in September 2012.
David Jones published a reminiscence of his 30 years at the Chicago Reader in the pages of their 40th Anniversary issue, archived at chicagoreader.com. He recently workshopped a short story through the MFA program at Northwestern University which he is preparing for publication. And he is currently writing weekly posts for the senior community in the Connected Living Blog at blog.connectedliving.com.
Rhino Poetry is participating in Ragdale Day – A Community Celebration of the Arts
Sunday, June 3, 2012 Noon – 4pm
RHINO Editors will be on hand to read their poetry and poetry written during the era of Ragdale’s early years. The readings are at 12:30-1:30 and 3-4.
Helen Degen Cohen
Angela Narciso Torres
Join the artists of Ragdale for a festive, campus-wide event featuring open studios, performances, family activities and tours. See the inner workings of Ragdale’s artist retreat, experience the poetry, dance, music and art created there, and visit the newly restored Ragdale House, the historic Arts and Crafts summer home of architect Howard Van Doren Shaw. All ages welcome.
Ragdale, 1230 N. Green Bay Road, Lake Forest, Illinois
Off-site Parking available at former municipal building lot, 110 East Laurel.
We’re delighted to exhibit at the Chicago Public Library’s Poetry Fest 2012!
RHINO’s table will be open from 9 am – 4 pm. Come chat with editors, read the journal, pick up some swag.
RHINO editors Andrea Witzke Slot and Valerie Wallace are also featured presenters of Poetry Fest.
Jake Bottiglieri finished filming on the short film “Becka”, which he wrote and directed.
Ana Istrate interviewed Paul Langacker, about “the God particle” for radio station WPRB
Kelly Forsythe departed RHINO to be the Marketing and Development Intern at Poets & Writers over the summer, and at summer’s end accepted a job offer with Copper Canyon Press.
Virginia Bell‘s work was featured in the Summer 2011 issue of Poet Lore and her collection, “From the Belly” is was chosen by Sibling Rivalry Press.
Virginia was also a featured reader at Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and at the “Trunk Show” open air art market, in July.
Jan Bottiglieri was chosen by the faculty of Pacific University as the MFA commencement speaker last June. Her work was featured in Cloudbank, Apercus Quarterly, and in the anthology “Solace in So Many Words”. She participated in a reading with “Solace…” and other contributors at Barbara’s Bookstore in May, and “After Hours” anthology contributors at Printer’s Row in June. She was a featured reader, along with Roger Reeves at “RHINO Reads” in August.
Sarah Carson read with Larry O. Dean in a Flint Expatriate reading at Quimby’s bookstore in April, and in May her prose piece “Self-Portrait on Pop Rocks” was chosen as one of Wigleaf’s top 50 short fictions of 2010; also in May her prose poem “The Problem” was featured in Stoked Press. In June, Sarah was interviewed by Stoked Press and two of her poems were featured in Strange Machine. In July two of her poems were included in Cutbank 75.
Helen Degan-Coehn gave a workshop on Theordore Roethke, “Giving In to Obsession” at the Northwest Cultural Council in August.
Carol Eding led a workshop in June for the Northwest Cultural Council; her topic was “Small Moves”/ the big impact of the smallest words; subtle inversions affecting meaning and tone.
Ralph Hamilton was the keynote speaker at the first statewide gathering of the Illinois Poetry Society, in August.
David Jones wrote three homilies this summer, one which is published in the online journal The Week Behind.
Angela Torres‘ poem “Ritual” was published in Cimarron Review.
Valerie Wallace was a resident at the Kimmel-Harding-Nelson Center for the Arts, and Dancing Girl Press released her chapbook, “The Dictators’ Guide to Good Housekeeping.”
Andrea Witzke Slot joined the editorial staff of RHINO in August 2011. Welcome, Andrea!
Associate Editor Sarah Carson‘s chapbook, “Twenty-Two” is now available from Finishing Line Press.
Editor Ralph Hamilton read at and curated the “First Friday Poetry Classic” January 7 @ St. Paul’s Cultural Center sponsored by W4tB (Waiting 4 the Bus). He was also featured February 19 at the the Myopic Books Poetry Reading Series curated by Larry Sawyer.
Senior Editor Deborah Nodler Rosen‘s poem “A Time of One’s Own” was nominated for a 2011 Pushcart Prize.
Jacob Saenz, Associate Editor, played the part of Gairot the shopkeeper in The Chicago Poetry Project‘s staged reading of the play The Dust of Suns, by Raymond Roussel, Trans. Harry Mathews (March 4-6 2011). Jacob also read at the 2011 season kick-off of Palabra Pura kick-off with the Guild Complex featuring 26 of Chicago’s top Latino writers (March 16, 2011).
Associate Editor Angela Torres‘ first book manuscript, “The Photographer’s Daughter,” which was named a semi-finalist for the 2010 Philip Levine Prize in Poetry, has been named a semi-finalist for the 2011 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition.
Associate Editor Valerie Wallace received grants from the Barbara Deming Foundation for Women and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.