RHINO Reads! Open Mic and Featured Readers Simon Mermelstein and Mark Magoon FRI 6-24-16

Simon Mermlestein

Simon Mermlestein

Mark Magoon

Mark Magoon

Open Mike        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Readers        6:45 pm – 7:30 pm

Brothers K Coffeehouse
500 Main St., Evanston, IL

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Simon Mermelstein is a poet and performer from Ann Arbor, MI.  His poetry has appeared in Atlanta Review, RHINO, Spillway, FreezeRay, Hawai’i Pacific Review, Cleaver, Mobius, Radius, The MacGuffin, Poems-For-All, and a healthy handful of other places.  He’s been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize, and has just released his second chapbook, “The Continuing Adventures of Orthomax (now with BOMBASTIC PENTAMETER®!!!). In his spare time, he enjoys winning slams and getting published.

 

Mark Magoon is a poet, writer, and educator. His work—which has been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize—has appeared in Burrow Press, DIAGRAM, Midwestern Gothic, The Nervous Breakdown and many other venues. His book of poems The Upper Peninsula Misses You (ELJ Publications, 2015) is his first release bound by a single spine. Magoon teaches writing at UIC, tutors at the City Colleges, reviews works of poetry for Chicago Review of Books, and makes home in the Windy City with a wife that’s far too pretty.

RESCHEDULED: RHINO Poetry Forum Workshop led by Nate Marshall JUNE 5

This event has been rescheduled from May 29.

Nate Marshall

COME AND TRY OUT YOUR NEW WORK ON US!

Evanston Public Library

ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

Church & Orrington map

1:30-4:30

Nate Marshall is the author of Wild Hundreds (University of Pittsburgh) and an editor of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (Haymarket Books).  His last rap album, Grown came out in 2015 with his group Daily Lyrical Product. Nate is a member of The Dark Noise Collective. He won a 2015 Ruth Lilly/Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship. He is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Wabash College.
Topic: Finna – A Poetics of Possibility. In this forum we’ll think about mapping our own linguistic and vernacular traditions and how we can utilize our own “slangs” as sites of freedom.

 

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.

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May 7, 6:30pm | RHINO at Evanston Lit Fest!

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Join us at the Evanston Literary Festival this Saturday, May 7 from 6:30-8 pm! Readings from RHINO 2016 poets Pam Miller, Max Barry, Jim Warner, and Ann Hudson, as well as RHINO editors Ralph Hamilton, Kenyatta Rogers, Jacob Saenz, and Angela Narciso Torres.

Sidetracked Studio, 707 Chicago Ave., Evanston


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Poetry Forum Workshop led by Keith Leonard 5-1-16

Keith Leonard

COME AND TRY OUT YOUR NEW WORK ON US!

Evanston Public Library

ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

Church & Orrington map

1:30-4:30

Keith Leonard‘s first collection of poems, Ramshackle Ode, is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in April 2016. He is also the author of a chapbook, Still, the Shore, published by YesYes Books. Keith is currently a Visiting Lecturer in Creative Writing at Indiana University.
 
Topic: The Contemporary Ode. In classical times, the ode, originally accompanied by music and dance, was a poem of praise to a notable person or event. However, in this talk, we will observe how contemporary American poets have reimagined the ode as a more tonally complex, transgressive genre. In citing examples by Ross Gay, Aracelis Girmay, Pablo Neruda, and others, we will uncover how these poets have used the form to address difficult situations, ultimately working their way through those situations within the space of the poem to arrive at something like singing or praise.

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.

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RHINO Reads! Open Mic and Featured Readers Marc Frazier and Keith Leonard 4-29-16

Marc Frazier

Marc Frazier

Keith Leonard

Keith Leonard

Open Mike        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Readers        6:45 pm – 7:30 pm

Brothers K

500 Main St.

Evanston

Directions

 

 

Marc Frazier has been widely published in journals including The Spoon River Poetry Review, ACM, Good Men Project, f(r)iction, Slant, Permafrost, Plainsongs, Poet Lore, Rhino, and Connotation Press. He is the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Award for poetry. His book The Way Here and his chapbooks The Gods of the Grand Resort and After are available on Amazon as well as his second full-length collection titled Each Thing Touches from Glass Lyre Press. He has done readings and led workshops in the Chicago area for many years.

 

Keith Leonard‘s first collection of poems, Ramshackle Ode, is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in April 2016. He is also the author of a chapbook, Still, the Shore, published by YesYes Books. Keith is currently a Visiting Lecturer in Creative Writing at Indiana University.

 

 

Next Poetry Workshop Forum 4-3-16 Led by Kimberly Dixon-Mays

Dawes lawn Kimberly Dixon-Mayes

COME AND TRY OUT YOUR NEW WORK ON US!

Evanston Public Library

ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

Church & Orrington map

1:30-4:30

Topic: “Await Your Turn” – Volta, fulcrum, modulation, torque, swerve, turn… There are many names for a poem’s shift to a different key, redirect of attention, thwarting of expectation. How do poets create these moments in their poems? Where? How? Most important, why? What is the poet’s obligation to provide such a moment, as a landmark or reward? What is the reader’s obligation to give in to its surprise or loss of balance? And how does this moment function as more than a punchline? We’ll talk and read, not to pin down a definition as much as to explore the possibilities. No need for specific expertise, except about how turns move you, as reader, writer, or both.

 

Kimberly Dixon-Mays is a Ragdale and Cave Canem fellow whose publications include Reverie, Anthology of Chicago, Uproot, Consequence and Rhino magazines, the anthologies Trigger Warning and Just Like a Girl: A Manifesta! and her own collections SenseMemory, and More Than a Notion: Reflections on (Black) Marriage. Since 2004 she has been a frequent writer with the Poetry Performance Incubator project of the Guild Literary Complex, and served as the Guild’s Executive Director from 2010 to 2012.

 

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.

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RHINO at Evanston Lit Fest! May 16 and 17, 2015

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We’re thrilled to be a featured event (2 events) at the inaugural Evanston Lit Fest!

 
Saturday, May 16
RHINO 2015 issue reading – featuring poets & editors from RHINO 2015
John McCarthy
Ruth Goring
Lisa Croneberg
Heather Cox
Bill Yarrow
Virginia Bell
Helen Degen Cohen
Angela Narciso Torres
with Dina Elenbogen (RHINO 2010)
3 – 4:30 pm 
Creative Coworking
922 Davis Street
Evanston
Sunday, May 17
Workshop and critique, with Jenene Ravesloot and Tom Roby IV
Evanston Public Library
Church & Orrington
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1:30-4:30 — ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room
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Evanston Poetry Scene – Where to Find Books!

Bookman's Alley

Welcome to this second installment of RHINO’s guide to the Evanston poetry scene! As promised, we’ll start our tour with places to read and write.

The first thing anyone tells us about writing in any genre is that we have to read everything we can get our hands on. Even disregarding Barnes and Noble, there are a lot of books for writers to get their hands on and in here in Evanston, RHINO’s home base.

Evanston Public Library

Where to Find Books

The two main libraries in Evanston, Evanston Public Library and the Northwestern University Library both provide excellent resources to the community and host expansive collections of books. Northwestern’s forte is research, and EPL boasts a wide variety of fiction for kids and adults. Bright, open, and inviting, the public library functions as a literary community center, hosting various book clubs, conferences, and other events (including RHINO’s monthly workshop series, The Forum!).

Near campus, Market Fresh Books is a favorite of “Townies” and “Gownies” alike. They have a wide variety of books in every genre, including a good-sized selection of new releases. The best part? At Market Fresh you pay by the pound.

Bookman’s Alley has been an Evanston institution for more than thirty years. The

Bookman's Alley

quaint storefront opens into a veritable labyrinth of old books, snaking through poetry, western history, children’s books, photography, and more. The owner announced his plans to go out of business in December 2011, but there’s no rush; Mr. Carlson plans to stick around as long as the books do.

Howard's Books

Piled high with books, but well organized and easy to navigate, Howard’s Books is well worth the jaunt north of downtown Evanston. Howard himself runs the shop and is happy to help you find what you’re looking for, happy to let you browse as long as you’d like, even happy for you to sit cross-legged in the middle of the aisle so you can see the books on the bottom shelf.

In and among the larger book stores of Evanston are nestled several tiny ones as well. Amaranth Books’ narrow, no-frills aisles shelve a wide variety of used and rare books whose makeup seems to be half nonfiction and half Literature (with a capital L), all in mint condition and at excellent prices. Further south, Squeezebox Books feels much more playful than Amaranth, with a selection that is small, but off-beat and surprising. Book Den, another tiny space stacked to overflowing with books of all kind, is more or less organized by topic, but definitely built for exploring.

The Chicago-Main Newsstand has been around forever (almost literally), and carries a huge variety of local and out-of-state magazines for all kinds of interests, as well as a huge selection of literary magazines. A perfect place to find inspiration for your own writing.

Chicago Main

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Thanks to RHINO Intern Sarah Weber for the research and compilation of this series. Sarah is a senior Theatre and Creative Writing major at Northwestern University. Originally from Dallas, she’s spent the last several months making a concentrated effort to truly get to know Chicago and Evanston and has, in the process, fallen in love with them. She will head to Emerson College in the fall to pursue her masters in publishing.

RHINO wins Mayor’s Award for the Arts from the City of Evanston!

Presented in 2013, the 2012 Mayor’s Award for the Arts is for “contributions to the Evanston community through the demonstration of excellence in the arts. Recipients are selected from nominations submitted by the public at large.”

Thank you, City of Evanston!

We’re so happy to have a home for RHINO Reads! and the Poetry Forum here in Evanston.

The award will be presented at the Annual State of the City Address and Mayor’s Award for the Arts Luncheon, scheduled to be held on March 8, 2013.

Read more about the award here!