Who made all those RHINOs? The people behind RHINO Issues 1979 – 2016

We’re pleased to bring you this (partial) list of all the people behind each of our annual issues. Thanks to intern Bethany Mueller for assistance with this research!

Click here for more RHINO history.

Click here to take a look at our back issues (2001 and on) and list of poets in each.

 

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Helen Degen Cohen

Helen Degen Cohen

 

1979 Issue

Editors: Liz Peterson, Suzanne Brabant, Helen Degen Cohen, Suzi Thomasen, Lee Berkson

Cover Design: Suzanne Brabant

 

 

 

 

 

1980 Issue

Editors: Liz Peterson, Suzanne Brabant, Helen Degen Cohen, Suzi Thomasen, Lee Berkson

Cover Design: Suzanne Brabant, Jacqueline Moses

 

1981 Issue

Editors: Liz Peterson, Lee Berkson, Helen Degen Cohen

Cover Design: Suzanne Brabant

 

1982 Issue

Editors: Liz Peterson, Lee Berkson, Helen Degen Cohen

Cover Design: Suzanne Brabant

 

1983 Issue

Editors: Liz Peterson, Lee Berkson

Advisory Board: Laurie Buehler

Cover Design: Suzanne Brabant

 

 

Lisel Mueller

Lisel Mueller

1984 Issue

Editors: Laurie Buehler

Associate Editors: Mardelle Fortier, Barbara Horton

Contest Editor: Lisel Mueller

Cover Design: Suzanne Brabant

 

 

 

 

 

Laurie Buehler

Laurie Buehler

1985 Issue

Editor: Laurie Buehler

Associate Editors: Sara Esgate, Vesle Fenstermaker

Cover Design: Alice Usher

 

 

 

 

 

 

1986 Issue

Editors: Laurie Buehler, Sara Esgate, Vesle Fenstermaker

Cover Design: Alice Usher

 

 

Carol Hayes

Carol Hayes

1987 Issue

Editors: Enid Baron, Carol Hayes

Assistant Editors: Eleanor Gordon, Kay Meier, Barbara Horton

Cover Design: Alice Usher

 

 

 

1988 Issue

Editors: Enid Baron, Carol Hayes

Assistant Editors: Eleanor Gordon, Kay Meier

Cover Design: Penelope Miller, Andrew Baron

 

1989 Issue

Editors: Enid Baron, Carol Hayes

Assistant Editors: Barbara Horton, Kay Meier, Deborah Rosen

Guest Editor: Martha Vertreace

Cover Design: Penelope Miller

 

Martha Vertreace-Doody

Martha Vertreace-Doody

1990 Issue

Editors: Kay Meier, Martha Vertreace

Associate Editors: Enid Baron

Assistant Editors: Don Hoffman, Deborah Rosen

Managing Editor: Fred Meier

Contest Editor: John Dickson

Cover Design: Fred Meier

 

 

1991 Issue

Editors: Kay Meier, Martha Vertreace

Associate Editors: Enid Baron

Assistant Editors: Don Hoffman, Deborah Rosen

Contest Editor: Eloise Bradley Fink

Cover Design: Andrew Baron

 

 

 

1992 Issue

Editors: Kay Meier, Martha Vertreace

Associate Editors: Enid Baron

Assistant Editors: Don Hoffman, Deborah Rosen

Contest Editor: Eloise Bradley Fink

Cover Design: Andrew Baron

 

Glen Brown

Glen Brown

1993 Issue

Editors: Kay Meier, Don Hoffman

Associate Editors: Enid Baron, Martha Vertreace

Assistant Editors: Glen Brown, Cynthia Davidson, Deborah Nodler Rosen

Contest Editor: Debra Bruce

 

 

 

 

 1994 Issue – not available

 

 

Cynthia Davidson

Cynthia Davidson

1995 Issue

Editors: Kay Meier, Don Hoffman

Associate Editors: Enid Baron, Martha Vertreace

Assistant Editors: Glen Brown, Cynthia Davidson, Deborah Nodler Rosen

 

 

 

 

 

1996 Issue

Editors: Kay Meier, Don Hoffman

Associate Editors: Enid Baron, Martha Vertreace

Assistant Editors: Glen Brown, Cynthia Davidson, Deborah Nodler Rosen

 

1997 Issue – not available

 

1998 Issue

Editors: Alice George, Deborah Nodler Rosen

Associate Editors: Enid Baron, Helen Degen Cohen, Sharon Darrow, Terri Mathes, Fran Podulka, Cassandra Smith

Advisory Board: Shawn Decker, John Dickson, M. Eliza Hamilton, Lynne Kuderko, Don Snyder, Michael Warr

 

 

 

Kathleen Kirk

Kathleen Kirk

1999 Issue

Editors: Alice George, Deborah Nodler Rosen

Associate Editors: Helen Degen Cohen, Bill Gartner, Kathleen Kirk, Fran Podulka, Lizabeth Wojda

Advisory Board: Enid Baron, Sharon Darrow, Shawn Decker, John Dickson, M. Eliza Hamilton, Lynne Kuderko, Terri Mathes, Cassandra Smith

 

 

 

 

Jackie White

Jackie White

2001 Issue

Editors: Deborah Nodler Rosen, Alice George, Kathleen Kirk, Helen Degen Cohen

Associate Editors: Michael Anderson, Deborah Nall, Jackie White

Assistant Editors: Eileen Murphy, Jeff Schell

Managing Editor: Lizabeth Wodja

Advisory Board: Kay Anderson, Enid Baron, Paulette Beete, Pamela Callahan, Shawn Decker, John Dickson, Bill Gartner, M. Eliza Hamilton, Lynne Kuderko, Terri Mathes, Fran Podulka, Tony Rio, Ted Simpson, Don Statland, Tom Tresser, Ben Uribe

 

Deborah_Rosen

Deborah Nodler Rosen

2002 Issue

Editors: Deborah Nodler Rosen, Alice George, Kathleen Kirk, Helen Degen Cohen

Associate Editors: Michael Anderson, Chris Green, Lorna Johnson, Jackie White

Assistant Editors: Lorna Anderson, Polly Price, Carol Schrantz

Managing Editor: Lizabeth Wodja

Cover Design: Kate Freidman

Interns: Rachel Schaff, Alissa Green

Advisory Board: M. Eliza Hamilton Abegunde, Enid Baron, Paulette Beete, Pamela Callahan, Shawn Decker, John Dickman, Lynne Kuderko, Terri Mathes, Fran Podulka, Tony Rio, Ted Simpson, Don Statland, Tom Tresser, Ben Uribe, George Wiman

 

2003 Issue

Editors: Deborah Nodler Rosen, Alice George, Kathleen Kirk, Helen Degen Cohen

Assistant Editors: Carol Schrantz

Managing Editor: Lizabeth Wodja

Advisory Board: M. Eliza Hamilton Abegunde, Enid Baron, Paulette Beete, Pamela Callahan, Shawn Decker, Lynne Kuderko, Deborah Nall, Fran Podulka, Tony Rio, Ted Simpson, Don Statland, Tom Tresser, Ben Uribe, George Wiman

 

Chris Green

Chris Green

2004 Issue

Editors: Deborah Nodler Rosen, Alice George, Kathleen Kirk, Helen Degen Cohen

Associate Editors: Chris Green, Lorna Johnson, Jackie White

Assistant Editors: Carol Schrantz

Managing Editor: Lizabeth Wodja

Advisory Board: M. Eliza Hamilton Abegunde, Michael Anderson, Enid Baron, Paulette Beete, Pamela Callahan, Shawn Decker, Lynne Kuderko, Deborah Nall, Fran Podulka, Tony Rio, Ted Simpson, Tom Tresser, Ben Uribe, Romain Wodja

 

 

Marry Biddinger

Marry Biddinger

2005 Issue

Editors: Deborah Nodler Rosen, Alice George, Kathleen Kirk, Helen Degen Cohen,

Associate Editors: Mary Biddinger, Jan Bottiglieri, Chris Green, Fran Podulka, Jackie White

Assistant Editors: Jessi Gaylord, Brandi Homan, Steve Kovach

Managing Editor: Lizabeth Wodja

Advisory Board: M. Eliza Hamilton Abegunde, Enid Baron, Paulette Beete, Pamela Callahan, Shawn Decker, Lynne Kuderko, Tony Rio, Carol Schrantz, Tom Tresser, Ben Uribe, Romain Wojda

 

 

2006 Issue

Editors: Helen Degen Cohen, Alice George, Kathleen Kirk, Deborah Nodler Rosen, Jackie K. White

Associate Editors: Mary Biddinger, Jan Bottiglieri, Chris Green, Michelle Niemann, Fran Podulka, Katia Zalkind

Managing Editor: Lizabeth Wodja

Interns: Lauren McKnight, Emily Wong

Advisory Board: M. Eliza Hamilton, Enid Baron, Paulette Beete, Pamela Callahan, Shawn Decker, Lynne Kuderko, Tony Rio, Carol Schrantz, Ben Uribe, Romain Wojda

 

Alice George

Alice George

2007 Issue

Editors: Helen Degen Cohen, Alice George, Kathleen Kirk, Deborah Nodler Rosen, Jackie K. White

Associate Editors: Mary Biddinger, Jan Bottiglieri, Chris Green, Michelle Niemann, Fran Podulka

Assistant Editors: Emily Wong

Managing Editor: Lizabeth Wodja

Interns: Rachel Chamberlain, Nora Hickey, Rachel Stern

Advisory Board: M. Eliza Hamilton, Michael Anderson, Enid Baron, Paulette Beete, Marion Boyer, Pamela Callahan, Danna Epland, Lynne Kuderko, Deborah Nall, Tom Richardson, Carol Schrantz, Gregory Thompson, Ben-Hur Uribe, Romain Wojda, Katia Zalkind

 

2008 Issue

Editors: Jackie K. White, Deborah N. Rosen, Helen Degen Cohen

Associate Editors: Ralph Hamilton, Nora Hickey, Fran Podulka, Mary Biddinger, Michelle Niemann

Assistant Editors: Marsha Abrams, Athanasios Drugas, Haines Eason, Rebecca Huval

Managing Editor: Jan Bottiglieri, Emily Wong

Webmaster: YZ Chin

Advisory Board: M. Eliza Hamilton, Michael Anderson, Enid Baron, Paulette Beete, Marion Boyer, Pamela Callahan, Danna Epland, Alice George, Chris Green, Kathleen Kirk, Lynne Kuderko, Deborah Nall, Gregory Thompson, Bill Teitlebaum, Ben Uribe, Lizbeth Wodja, Katia Zalkind

 

Geoffrey Heeren

Geoffrey Heeren

2009 Issue

Editors: Helen Degen Cohen, Ralph Hamilton, Deborah Nodler Rosen, Jackie K. White

Associate Editors: Virginia Bell, YZ Chin, Haines Eason, Geoffrey Heeren, Nora Hickey, Fran Podulka, Molly Whedbee

Assistant Editors: Sarah Carson, Denise Dooley

Managing Editor: Jan Bottigleri, David Jones

Cover Design: David Syrek, Illustrations by Tom Bachtell

Interns: Laura Briskman, Danielle Olipra, Karen Thimell

 

YZ Chin

YZ Chin

2010 Issue

Editors: Helen Degen Cohen, Ralph Hamilton, Deborah Nodler Rosen

Associate Editors: Virginia Bell, Sarah Carson, YZ Chin, Carol Eding, Geoffrey Heeren, Angela Torres, Molly Whedbee, Marcia Zuckerman

Assistant Editors: Adam Lizakowski, Colleen O’Connor, Rebecca Eve Schweitzer

Cover Design by David Syrek, Illustrations by David Lee Csicsko, Back cover illustration by Tom Bachtell, Page number ornament by David Lee Csicsko, Production by Godfrey Carmona

Webmaster: Valerie Wallace, Ann Brandon

Interns: Laura Briskman, Aaron Kuper, Lana Lucher, Vincent Nguyen, Lauren Schlesinger, Abi Stokes

Advisory Board: Michael Anderson, Enid Baron, Paulette Beete, Alice George, Chris Green, Deborah Nall, Julie Parson Nesbit, Bill Teitlebaum

 

ralph hamilton

Ralph Hamilton

2011 Issue

Editor-in-chief: Ralph Hamilton

Senior Editor: Helen Degen Cohen, Deborah Nodler Rosen

Associate Editors: Virginia Bell, Sarah Carson, Carol Eding, Jacob Saenz, Moira Sullivan, Angela Torres, Valerie Wallace, Marcia Zuckerman

Managing Editor: Jan Bottigleri, David Jones

Cover Design by David Syrek, Illustrations by Doug Stapleton, Back cover illustration by Tom Bachtell, Page number ornament by David Lee Csicsko, Production by Godfrey Carmona

Webmaster: Valerie Wallace

Interns: Rebecca Diaz, Ana Istrate, Devon Langston, Lana Larcher, Katherine Lemke, Vincent Nguyen

Advisory Board: Michael Anderson, Enid Baron, Paulette Beete, Alice George, Chris Green, Deborah Nall, Julie Parson-Nesbitt, Bill Teitlebaum

 

 

2012 Issue

Editor-in-chief: Ralph Hamilton

Senior Editor: Helen Degen Cohen, Deborah Nodler Rosen

Managing Editor: Jan Bottiglieri, David Jones

Associate Editors: Virginia Bell, Ann Brandon, Sarah Carson, Carol Eding, Jacob Saenz, Andrea Witzke Slot, Moira Sullivan, Angela Narciso Torres, Valerie Wallace, Marcia Zuckerman

Webmaster: Valerie Wallace

Cover Design by David Syrek, Illustrations by Nancy Robinson, Back cover illustration by Tom Bachtell, Page number ornament by David Lee Csicsko, Production by Godfrey Carmona

Interns: Jake Bottiglieri, Rebecca Diaz, Mary Kegan, Devon Langston, Lana Larcher, Vincent Nguyen, Lindsey Peters, Sarah Webster

Advisory Board: Michael Anderson, Enid Baron, Paulette Beete, Alice George, Chris Green, Deborah Nall, Julie Parson Nesbit, Bill Teitlebaum

 

2013 Issue

Editor-in-chief: Ralph Hamilton

Senior Editors: Virginia Bell, Helen Degen Cohen, Deborah Nadler Rosen, Angela Narciso Torres

Managing Editors: Jan Bottiglieri, David Jones

Associate Editors: Carol Eding, Jacob Saenz, Andrea Witzke Slot, Moira Sullivan, Valerie Wallace, Marcia Zuckerman

Assistant Editor: Rochelle Jones

Cover Design by David Syrek, Illustrations by Steve Musgrave, Back cover illustration by Tom Bachtell, Page number ornament by David Lee Csicsko, Production by Godfrey Carmona

Webmaster: Valerie Wallace

Interns: Hannah Christy, Bysshe Benning, Jake Bottiglieri, Margaret Clerkin, David Fortunato, Tim McLaughlin, Bryce O’Tierney, Liz Teahan, Sarah Weber, Corinne Zeman

Advisory Board: Michael Anderson, Enid Baron, Paulette Beete, Alice George, Chris Green, Deborah Nall, Julie Parson-Nesbitt, Bill Teitlebaum

 

2014 Editorial Board

2014 Editorial Board, Interns, Production Crew

2014 Issue

Editor-in-chief: Ralph Hamilton

Senior Editors: Virginia Bell, Helen Degen Cohen, Deborah Nadler Rosen, Angela Narciso Torres

Associate Editors:  Carol Eding, Gail Goepfert, Jacob Saenz, Andrea Witzke Slot, Moira Sullivan, Valerie Wallace, Marcia Zuckerman

Assistant Editor: Rochelle Jones

Managing Editors: Jan Bottiglieri, David Jones

Cover Design by David Syrek, Illustrations by Kevin Veara, Back cover illustration by Tom Bachtell, Page number ornament by David Lee Csicsko, Production by Godfrey Carmona

Webmaster: Valerie Wallace

Interns: Nicole Balin, Jake Bottiglieri, Kathryn Halpern, Tim McClaughlin, Mike McCormick, Bryce O’Tierney, Andrew Timmons, Corrine Zeman

Advisory Board: Michael Anderson, Enid Baron, Paulette Beete, Alice George, Chris Green, Deborah Nall, Julie Parson-Nesbitt, Bill Teitlebaum

 

Helen Degen Cohen

Helen Degen Cohen

2015 Issue

Editor-in-chief: Ralph Hamilton

Senior Editors: Virginia Bell, Helen Degen Cohen, Deborah Nadler Rosen, Angela Narciso Torres

Associate Editors:  Carol Eding, Gail Goepfert, Kenyatta Rogers, Jacob Saenz, Andrea Witzke Slot, Valerie Wallace

Assistant Editor: Rochelle Jones

Managing Editors: Jan Bottiglieri, David Jones

Cover Design by David Syrek, Illustrations by Keith J. Taylor, Back cover illustration by Tom Bachtell, Page number ornament by David Lee Csicsko, Production by Godfrey Carmona

Webmaster: Valerie Wallace

Interns: Alexandra Gerard, Kathryn Halpern, Chaz Heitman, Johanna Jimenez, Tim McLaughlin, Bethany Mueller, Bryce O’Tierney, N. Wednesday Quansah, Andy Timmons, Matthew Zumwalt

Advisory Board: Michael Anderson, Enid Baron, Paulette Beete,YZ Chin, Alice George, Chris Green, Deborah Nall, Julie Parson-Nesbitt

 

2016 Issue RHINO editors with Paladin Awardee Haki Madhubuti

2016 Issue RHINO editors with Paladin Awardee Haki Madhubuti

2016 Issue

Editor-in-chief: Ralph Hamilton

Senior Editors: Virginia Bell, Helen Degen Cohen, Deborah Nadler Rosen, Angela Narciso Torres

Associate Editors:  Lisa Croneberg, Carol Eding, Gail Goepfert, Beth McDermott, Kenyatta Rogers, Jacob Saenz, Andrea Witzke Slot, Valerie Wallace

Assistant Editor: Rochelle Jones

Managing Editors: Jan Bottiglieri, David Jones

Cover Design by David Syrek, Illustrations by Michael L. Miner, Back cover illustration by Tom Bachtell, Page number ornament by David Lee Csicsko, Production by Godfrey Carmona

Webmaster: Valerie Wallace

Interns: Johanna Jimenez, Emily Johnson, Bethany Mueller

Summer 2016 Editorial Assistant Interns – Maria Dikcis

Advisory Board: Michael Anderson, Enid Baron, Paulette Beete,YZ Chin, Alice George, Chris Green, Deborah Nall, Julie Parson-Nesbitt, Bill Teitlebaum

 

 

 

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

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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

Interns

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.

“Poetry Journal RHINO Turns Forty” – Ralph Hamilton interviewed by Chris Campanioni in the Brooklyn Rail

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Poet and editor Chris Campanioni interviewed our Editor-in-chief Ralph Hamilton about Ralph’s book, his approach to writing, and reflections on RHINO, our process, and accomplishments. The interview posted May 2016. An excerpt appears below; for the full interview, click here.

 

Chris Companion (Rail): How has your writing been shaped by your role as editor of one of the most celebrated contemporary poetry journals?

Ralph Hamilton: I read about two-thirds of the 15,000 poems submitted to RHINOeach year. Some are wonderful, some are not; regardless, the writers have given us a piece of their heart. The sheer diversity of the poems we receive shapes me in ways I can neither control nor fully explain. It’s humbling to see how much we all need to grapple with ultimate questions of meaning and loss—to come to terms with suffering and cruelty, how we still dare to love others, how we are able to find and take sustenance from the beauty all around us, how we maintain the capacity to wonder, to make joy—how poets have the courage and audacity to speak the truth the best we know how. Maybe all poetry is about loneliness in some sense, even as it’s about reaching beyond the echo chamber of our own skulls in order to be heard and understood, to connect with people and the natural world. RHINOhas also definitely taught me about the role of form in expressing the content of a poem. And it’s definitely taught me that most poems need less, not more. The best poems take me out of myself, out of what I know and expect; they stretch me to hear and understand a poem in its own terms, to enter the world it creates.

My fellow editors have also been critical to my growth as a poet. They provide me with a continuing lesson in how to read poetry. Many of us have critiqued each other’s work for years now—we’ve watched it grow in depth and ambition. Their skill and insight continues to challenge, frighten, and inspire me.

Rail:Can you talk a bit about the emergence and success of RHINO in the last few years?

Hamilton: RHINO is a collaborative venture, but there is a set of core values that hold it together. We’re committed to publishing the best poetry in English annually (including flash fiction and translations), regardless of style, and whether the author is established or an emerging poet. With an ever-changing group of twelve to fourteen volunteer poet/editors, we embrace being a work in progress. The journal fosters a diverse and changing cadre of editors who love poetry, cover the demographic spectrum, and represent varied tastes. From its earliest days, the respect and gratitude that the editors have for each other and for the poets who share their work with us, is the very heart of our endurance and growth. Every bit of our progress—a new website, better submissions, use of Facebook and Twitter, our Big Horn blog, grants, our layout, etc.—has happened because different editors have stepped forward to take leadership, and the rest of us have backed them up.

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The range of wonderful poems in the issue stuns me. As I was proofing them I kept thinking that I hope to write a couple of poems half as good as many of those.

“Poetry is often an antidote” – a note from the editors, and preview to RHINO 2016

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December 2015

 

Dear friends,

 

Most of us stand inarticulate at some crucial moment, unable to find the words to coax understanding, to offer solace, to fire courage, to convey regret or forgiveness, to affirm love. Moreover, there are things we simply fail to “see” because we have no name for them, things we fail to “feel” because we don’t have words ready to express the currents of emotion that flow deep within us. And some occurrences are so dazzling or so horrendous as to render us mute.

 

Yet poetry is, in Eliot’s phrase, “a raid on the inarticulate.” It continually pushes against the limitations of language. Thus poetry is often an antidote to all that shuts us down, that makes life meager, thinner, more numb, more complacent, less meaningful. Poems can magnify our sense of presence in the world, open us up to the mystery and wonder, no less than the troubled reality and robust beauty all around us.

 

For 40 years RHINO has sought to be such a “raider,” providing an annual selection of the best contemporary poetry in English. This anniversary year’s edition is no exception.

Some of this coming issue’s poems bring to life the ordinary, fugitive, often plangent details of dailiness:

 

I insert the otoscope in the patient’s right sound cave. A’s and H’s cling to the tympanic membrane like tiny fruit bats                                 

- Max Barry

 

A bird I did not see struck / the glockenspiel in her throat.                                                                      

- Malisa Garlieb

 

Where the water / touches the land just // to leave it, scared of salt / and every last boot heel, // unsure of what to / wear to interviews.        

- Michael Estes

 

Other poems capture life’s small and large incongruities, some comic, some provocative:

 

capitalism troubles me especially / dear aliens / when I think about supply and /how I demand toile patterned trousers                                

- Doug Paul Case

 

When the businessmen meet / by the coat check, it’s summer // and the farthest stars’ final light / passes through the astronomer’s telescope.      

- John Gosslee

 

Of course, many poems give voice to the transitions, trials and abiding struggles of life:

 

nothing there son, he seems to say / looking at me, a word loosening/ in him barely audible, parched, / his tongue running along the dryness / of his lip. We’re past forgiveness.  

- Adam Chiles

 

shorty shine shonuff but she got issues / shellshocked from block showdowns   glocks & shotguns / chiraq’s finest   minus shrapnel

& shit    

- t’ai freedom ford

 

The evening lamp in her hand gleams lambent through the fog; / Her voice merges into the howling wind. With abundance, desolation.                 

- Dipika Mukherjee

Foxes will fox in various ways and hedgehogs curl fetal, / the one good trick they  know. And still, the question of how to live / with no filter…

- Mathew Landrum

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At 40 years old, RHINO remains committed to producing a beautiful and compelling print journal. Yet this year we also grieve the loss of Helen Degen Cohen, the singular poet, Senior Editor, and one of RHINO’s founders. In keeping with Helen’s vision, we continue to foster and support Illinois poetry and poets with workshops, readings, events, awards, resources, and information, including our monthly RHINO Reads! poetry series and The Poetry Forum workshop series.

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We have also expanded our online resources for local, national, and international poetry audiences. RHINO’s website and Big Horn Blog, as well as our Facebook and Twitter posts, support our print publication and local events. The blog features essays, articles, interviews, audio poems, photos, and online publication of prize-winning poems. Six months after print publication, all published poems are now presented online, with placement occurring throughout the year. Our website receives more than 7000-8000 unique visitors per month.

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Rhino-GivingImageThanks to you—our readers, fellow poets, our friends, and family—RHINO continues to thrive. As an independent, all-volunteer journal, we rely on you for your support. Your contributions and subscriptions continue to make up 75% of RHINO’s income. We thank you for making RHINO possible for the past 39 years.`

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Wishing you peace, poetry, and inspiration for 2016 and beyond,
The editors of RHINO

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Virginia Bell     Jan Bottiglieri     Lisa Croneberg     Carol Eding
Gail Goepfert     Ralph Hamilton     David Jones
Beth McDermott     Kenyatta Rogers     Deborah Nodler Rosen     Jacob Saenz
Angela Narciso Torres     Valerie Wallace

Donation Levels

Pablo Neruda   –     $25
Elizabeth Bishop   –    $35*
Dante Alighieri  -   $50*
Rumi  –   $100* +

*Donations of $35 or more include a complimentary copy of RHINO 2016

Donations accepted online through our secure JustGive portal: http://rhinopoetry.org/donate/
or mail your donation to RHINO, PO Box 591, Evanston, IL 60204

RHINO 2016 will ship in April, 2016
All contributions are tax deductible.

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Preview of RHINO 2015 – from the Editors

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“[W]orlds remake themselves at every turn,” writes Brian Simoneau in his poem “Raven to a Traveler Lost in the Woods.” So it is with the dazzling array of poems in the forthcoming RHINO 2015.

 

From Lisa Cronenberg’s sublime,

 

Blake’s heaven must smell like this:

 

Monarda for the monarch.

Asylum for the queen.

 

to Esteban Ismael’s time-bound specificity,

 

sitting with my face on the shotgun /window of a ’97 Mustang, I watch him /

puff his chest / & a cigarette.

 

from the dislocation of Faisal Mohyuddin’s,

 

Exile begins where rivers end.

 

and Bill Rector’s quiet surrealism,

 

I wake up one morning

with size 60 feet.

 

to the intimate sadness in Joe Eldridge’s elegy for his mother,

 

The Hermes horseshoe scarf

I bought on Canal St. covers the night-

stand where her dentures soak in a teacup.

 

the portent of Sarah Ann Winn’s,

 

The punched out remnant of another doll, a cardboard window to the world,

girl shaped.

 

and Kimberly Dixon-Mays’ potent,

 

And typical,

human, to be

somewhat proud

to leave

even an ugly

mark.

 

RHINO’s 38th,  going into our 39th year, has been huge.

  • We received more submissions than ever before, exceeding 12,000 poems.
  • Over 280 poets submitted to our Founders’ Prize contest.
  • Notably, three poets that we nominated won 2014 Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards!
  • This year’s Paladin Award was given to Allison Joseph, Editor of Crab Orchard Review.
  • We also began posting our current journal on our website in installments at no cost so that a wider audience can read our poets. We remain committed as ever to producing our beautiful print journal.

 

  • Meanwhile our online presence continues to grow with more than 900 Twitter followers @rhinopoetry, and our Facebook page “likes” have topped 1300.
  • In the last year we have had 88,400 unique visits to the website. The Big Horn Blog continues to expand, with ever more audio poems and interviews. We also foster a community of writers through our monthly RHINO Reads! poetry series, The Poetry Forum workshop series, and by supporting emerging writers in numerous other ways.

 

Thanks to you—our readers, fellow poets, our friends and family—RHINO continues to thrive. As an independent, all-volunteer journal, we rely on you for your support. Your contributions and subscriptions continue to make up 65% of RHINO’s income. We thank you for making RHINO possible for the past 38 years.

 

Wishing you peace and inspiration for 2015 and beyond,

the editors of RHINO

Virginia Bell   Jan Bottiglieri   Helen Degen Cohen    Carol Eding  

Gail Goepfert    Ralph Hamilton   David Jones

Kenyatta Rogers    Deborah Nodler Rosen   Jacob Saenz   Moira Sullivan  

Andrea Witzke Slot    Angela Narciso Torres   Valerie Wallace   

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Please consider a donation to RHINO: The Poetry Form. All donations are tax-deductible; donations of $25 or more come with a complimentary gift of RHINO 2015.

Donation Levels

John Donne                        $25

Sappho                               $50

Langston Hughes               $100

Li Bai                                  $200 +

 

Mail your check or money order to: RHINO, PO Box 591, Evanston, IL 60204 or make your secure online donation here.

 

Thank you!

 

RHINO 2015 will ship in April, 2015.           

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March 22 Ragdale Publishing Panel and Workshop features RHINO editors

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We’re so pleased that RHINO Editors Ralph Hamilton and Angela Narciso Torres will present a publishing panel and a poetry workshop at Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest on March 22 along with other multi-cultural publishers and editors. Register by March 15 for early bird rate and advanced critique of your work. For more information about “Finding Home: Writing and Publishing in the Global Community” see link below.

Join award-winning Ragdale alumni Angela Narciso Torres and Angie Chuang for a writing critique workshop in poetry or prose and panel discussion, “Finding Home:Writing & Publishing in the Global Community.”
Find out more and register at http://www.ragdale.org/getinvolved
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Prizes, quixotic ventures, and belief in valuing poets – a note from Ralph Hamilton

ralph hamiltonOur editors prizes cost us approximately $500 a year, and for us that is real money, as folks used to say when I was a boy.  That said, poets are so undervalued (in numerous ways) in our society, that I stand by the idea that a poetry journal should, in some small way (if it is able), try to redress that.  The amounts are symbolic for most winners, but I believe symbols matter.
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Havel said “Belief precedes reality” and I think of the prizes as a kind of belief, a statement of faith however tattered, however small, that the work being acknowledged truly matters and that our recognition of that fact somehow establishes a beachhead in the world for the reality of its significance to be recognized more broadly.  Perhaps quixotic, I know.  But what is a poetry journal in our time if not a quixotic venture, even as it remains as necessary as oxygen to our culture (and to some of our individual lives)?
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Thank you to all who have supported RHINO in 2013 and who have donated and supported RHINO for the year ahead.

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Gratefully,
Ralph
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Ralph Hamilton
Editor in Chief, RHINO
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Happy Thanksgiving from the Editors of RHINO

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We’re so thankful to our contributors, readers, donors, interns, and friends.

Thank you for giving us the pleasure of the work we so enjoy.

~ from the Editors of RHINO Poetry

Andrea, Angela, Carol, Dave, Debby, Gail, Helen, Jacob, Jan, Moira, Ralph, Rochelle, Valerie, Virginia