RHINO Poetry Forum: Workshop with Philip Schaefer | SUNDAY 10-22-17

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ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

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1:30-4:30

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Philip Schaefer’s debut collection of poems Bad Summon (University of Utah Press, 2017) won the Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize, and he’s the author of three chapbooks, two co-written with friend and poet Jeff Whitney. He won the 2016 MeridianEditor’s Prize in poetry and has work out or due out in Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Thrush Poetry Journal, Guernica, The Cincinnati Review, Salt Hill, Bat City Review, The Adroit Journal, Baltimore Review, diode, and Passages North among others. He tends bar in Missoula, MT.

Poetry as Portal: Most of us have several personalities, whether they’re dormant forever or appear unexpectedly at a second cousin’s wedding. The page can be the perfect place to exit one world and crawl into another, or better yet, to claw up the other versions of ourselves we never knew were hiding out. From discussing work by Denis Johnson and David Lynch to assessing the poetic techniques which allow for such hypnosis, we will attempt to conjure that which surprises and terrifies the most — the uswe’ve never been shown. 

RHINO Poetry Forum: Workshop with Annah Browning | SUNDAY 07-23-17

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Evanston Public Library

ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

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1:30-4:30

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Annah Browning hails from the foothills of South Carolina, but currently calls Chicago home. She holds an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis and a Ph.D. from the Program for Writers at The University of Illinois-Chicago, and she is the author of a chapbook, The Marriage (Horse Less Press, 2013). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, Indiana Review, Verse Daily, Boulevard, Willow Springs, and other journals. She is poetry editor of Grimoire, an online literary magazine of dark arts.

Persona: What does it mean to speak in the voice of a character other than oneself inside a poem? What freedoms, truths, and perspectives can be gained from speaking through such masks, and how can we create the sensation of a compelling speaker within our own poems? We’ll examine poems from the dramatic monologue tradition by Robert Browning and James Tate, as well as more unconventional persona poems by Sally Wen Mao, Louise Glück, and Anne Sexton, before trying our hands at a persona-building poetry exercise.

RHINO Poetry Forum: Workshop with Keith S. Wilson | SUNDAY 06-25-17

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ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

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1:30-4:30

Keith S. Wilson is a game designer, an Affrilachian Poet, Cave Canem fellow, and graduate of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop. He serves as Assistant Poetry Editor at Four Way Review and Digital Media Editor and Web Consultant at Obsidian Journal. Keith has received three scholarships from Bread Loaf as well as scholarships from the Millay Colony, Poetry by the Sea, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He holds an MFA in poetry from Chicago State University.

Keith’s poetry has been published in 2 chapbooks: Generation Oz (Finishing Line Press, 2011) and Kindermeal (Imaginary Friend Press, 2012). His work as a game designer includes alternate reality games (ARGs) performed in Hyde Park Chicago, as well as work on digital games including The Black Box and A Day in the Life. Keith’s poetry has appeared in a number of anthologies, and his journal publication credits include: Blueshift Journal, American Letters & Commentary, 32 Poems, Rhino, Duende, Fogged Clarity, Drunken Boat, Cider Press Review, Anti-, Muzzle, Mobius, and The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature. Additionally, Keith has had poems nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net award.

Topic: An ekphrastic poem is one that responds to or describes another work of art. For many people, visual art and poetry are equally opaque; can we use visual art to invigorate our poetry? Can poetry help us open up visual art in new ways? We will examine a couple of my favorite ekphrastic poems and try our hand at writing one ourselves.

RHINO Poetry Forum: Workshop with Holly Amos | SUNDAY 06-04-17

 

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Evanston Public Library

ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

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1:30-4:30

Holly Amos is an animal rights advocate and vegan. She is the author of the full-length poetry collection Continual guidance of air as well as the chapbook This Is a Flood, both from H_NGM_N BKS. Currently living in Chicago, she is the editorial assistant for Poetry and a poetry editor for Pinwheel.

The political IS personal: creating compassionate readers to make the world better. We’ll look at poems by Emily Jungmin Yoon, Beyza Ozer, Kiki Petrosino, and sam sax that push for social change by focusing on the “I.”

Drop in, have poems critiqued, and participate in an ongoing discussion of poetry and poetics. Sessions are free and open to the public, 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.

RHINO Poetry Forum: Workshop with Michael Eddie Anderson | SUNDAY 3-26-17

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ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

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1:30-4:30

Michael Eddie Anderson has been published in several journals including New Verse News, Matter Monthly, Rhino, Pen Woman, and the Poet and Artist Chapbook of the Northwest Cultural Council. He has worked as an associate editor at Rhino and now serves on their advisory board. Anderson is co-founder of the Well-Curb Society, dedicated to the systematic explication of the poetry of Robert Frost, and has led seminars throughout the Chicagoland area.

Can I Make the Cut?: Robert Frost speaks of unforgettable poetry. And he says we don’t have to wait a hundred years to recognize it. We know it instantly—like love at first sight—because it cuts in the reader an “immortal wound.” I suspect we’ve all had that experience, that instantaneous wounding. However, for the working poet, the question is not, Can I feel the cut? but, Can I make it?

In celebration of Frost’s birthday (March 26), we’ll review some of his poetry, discuss how (or whether) it inflicts the wound, and how to use these insights to create unforgettable verse.

 

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.

RHINO Poetry Forum: Workshop with Sarah Carson | SUNDAY 2-26-17

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ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

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1:30-4:30

Sarah Carson‘s work has appeared in The Christian Century, DIAGRAM, Guernica, the Minnesota Review, and the New Orleans Review, among others. She is the author of two full-length poetry collections–Poems in which You Die (BatCat Press) and Buick City (Mayapple Press)–and several chapbooks. Born and raised in Michigan, she now lives in Chicago with her two dogs.

Prompt-a-Palooza: Why sit around talking about writing when we can just get to it?! This session will feature a number of idea-generating strategies for those days when there just seems to be nothing to write about. We’ll talk about where an idea for a poem comes from and learn a number of prompts that you’ll be able to use again and again when writer’s block strikes. And we’ll write, write, write.

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.

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

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ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

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1:30-4:30

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.

RHINO Poetry Forum: Workshop with Anne-Marie Cusac | SUNDAY 11-27-16

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ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

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1:30-4:30

Anne-Marie Cusac, a George Polk Award-winning journalist, poet, and Professor in the Department of Communication at Roosevelt University, is the author of two books of poetry: The Mean Days (Tia Chucha, 2001) and Silkie, (Many Mountains Moving, 2007), and the nonfiction book Cruel and Unusual: The Culture of Punishment in America (Yale University Press, 2009). Cruel and Unusual won a 2009 PASS (Prevention for a Safer Society) Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency and appeared in a paperback edition in September 2010. Her poetry has also appeared in the journals Poetry, Iowa Review, TriQuarterly, The American Scholar, The Madison Review, and Crab Orchard Review, among others. 

 

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.

 

 

RHINO Poetry Forum: Workshop with Daniela Olszewska | SUNDAY 10-23-16

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ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

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1:30-4:30

 

Daniela Olszewska is the author of three full-length collections of poetry: cloudfang : : cakedirt (Horse Less Press, 2012), True Confessions of an Escapee from The Capra Facility for Wayward Girls (Spittoon Press, 2013), and Citizen J (Artifice Books, 2013). With Carol Guess, she is the co-author of How To Feel Confident With Your Special Talents (Black Lawrence Press, 2014) and Human-Ghost Hybrid Project (Black Lawrence Press, forthcoming).

Topic: Repetition and Incantation: This class will explore the effects of repetition and incantation in contemporary poems. We will read newer poems that make use of repetition and incantation and we will write our own poems modeled off of the reading.

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.

RHINO Poetry Forum: Workshop with Matt Kelsey | SUNDAY 09-25-16

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Evanston Public Library

ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

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1:30-4:30

 

Matt Kelsey is the webmaster for RHINO, and teaches at Northwestern’s Center for Talent Development. He has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and teaching fellowships from the University of Washington for their writing programs in Rome and Friday Harbor. His writing has appeared in Beloit Poetry JournalBest New PoetsPacifica Literary Review, and elsewhere.

Topic: Difficult Laughter. Humor is complicated and often uncomfortable. It can even seem, at first glance, discordant with the trademark earnestness of contemporary poetics. But we shouldn’t so quickly relegate humor to the ranks of insincerity and deflection. As the late and uniquely insightful Max Ritvo wrote, “Humor isn’t a shield, a repellant, it’s almost a mnemonic device. It makes our sadness rhyme with joy, and that makes it a catchy jingle…I think we seek out humor because we like completeness. Truth, even. Sadness is completed by humor, not diffused or obscured by it.” We’ll use Ritvo’s words (along with Lacey Jane Henson’s and Cody Walker’s) as a lamp while we explore humorous poems by James Tate, Dorothea Lasky, Ashley Capps, and Michael Bazzett. Once we’ve identified the functions of humor in each poem, we’ll determine how we might expand the tonal range of our own writing.

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.