RHINO Reads! at Bookends & Beginnings
Open Mic Featuring Faisal Mohyuddin and Leila Chatti
SEPT 29, 2017

Faisal and Leila

Featured Readers        6:45 pm – 8:00 pm

Open Mic        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Bookends & Beginnings, LLC
1712 Sherman Ave, Alley #1
Evanston, IL 60201

This event is free and open to the public!


FAISAL MOHYUDDIN is the author of The Displaced Children of Displaced Children (Eyewear Publishing, 2018), selected by Kimiko Hahn as the winner of the 2017 Sexton Prize, and the chapbook The Riddle of Longing (Backbone Press, 2017). His work has appeared in RHINOPrairie SchoonerNarrative, Chicago Quarterly Review, Poet Lore, Crab Orchard Review, and elsewhere. An alumnus of the U.S. Department of State’s Teachers for Global Classrooms program and an educator adviser to Narrative 4, Faisal teaches English at Highland Park High School in Illinois and lives with his wife and son in Chicago.


LEILA CHATTI is a Tunisian-American poet and author of the chapbooks Ebb (New-Generation African Poets, forthcoming 2018) and Tunsiya/Amrikiya, the 2017 Editors’ Selection from Bull City Press (forthcoming 2018). She is the recipient of fellowships and awards from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Tin House Writers’ Workshop, Dickinson House, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, where she is the 2017-2018 Ron Wallace Poetry Fellow. Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Tin House, The Georgia Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, New England Review, Narrative, The Rumpus, and elsewhere.


Poetry Forum Workshop with Faisal Mohyuddin – Sunday, 10-25-15



Evanston Public Library

ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

Church & Orrington map


Faisal Mohyuddin teaches English at Highland Park High School in suburban Chicago and is currently a fellow in the U.S. Department of State’s Teachers for Global Classrooms program. His writing has appeared in the minnesota review, RHINO, Crab Orchard Review, Poet Lore, Free LunchIndivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry, and elsewhere. For a poem published in their Fall 2014 issue, Prairie Schooner awarded him the Edward Stanley Prize. Faisal holds an MFA in fiction writing from Columbia College Chicago and lives with his family in Chicago.


Topic:   Rumi, Poet for All Peoples, All Times. According to a 2014 BBC story, Jalal ad-Din Rumi – a Sufi Muslim born over 800 years ago – is the best-selling poet in the U. S.  What is it about his work that continues to enchant so many around the world?  Says Coleman Barks, whose translations have propelled Rumi’s popularity, “Rumi is one of the great souls and …spiritual teachers. He shows us our glory. He wants us to be more alive, to wake up… to see our beauty….” Yet Rumi’s appeal goes deeper, wider.  Says Barks, in the BBC article   “…there is a strong global movement… that wants to dissolve the boundaries that religions have put up and end the sectarian violence.  It is said that people of all religions came to Rumi’s funeral in 1273. Because, they said, he deepens our faith wherever we are.  This is a powerful element in his appeal now.”  We will discuss a selection of Rumi’s most compelling works (about love and laughter, music and Moses) — their technical beauty and their power to inspire and unify.

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 2015 Online Issue No. 1.1 is up!

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The editors of RHINO are thrilled to announce that our first installment of our online edition of RHINO 2015 is here!


We continue to remain committed to publishing a print journal yearly; the publication of the poems online in three installments (beginning 6 months after print publication) is intended to supplement and broaden the outreach of the print journal.


The second installment will go up in October and the third and final installment will go up in December.

You can now find the poems from the authors below, here.


Featuring work by

Dilruba Ahmed • José Angel Araguz • Nayelly Barrios • Peter Burzynski • Marcelo Hernandez Castillo • Sara Biggs Chaney • T. Zachary Cotler • J. Jerome Cruz • Chelsea Dingman • Joe Eldridge • Jenny George • Farouk Goweda • Walid Abdallah • Andy Fogle • Susan Grimm • Sara Henning • Amorak Huey • Esteban Ismael • Olja Savičević Ivančević • Andrea Jurjević • Don Judson • Samantha Leigh • Gregory Mahrer • Nate Marshall • Carlo Matos • Meredith McDonough • Faisal Mohyuddin Christina Mun-Lutz  Maureen O’Brien  Sunthorn Phu  •Noh Anothai • Khadijah Queen • Kevin Riel • Carol Sadtler • sam sax • Kevin Simmonds • Rachel L. Slotnick • Lisa Summe • Paul Tran • Rachel Jamison Webster • Keith S. Wilson • Monika Zobel 


RHINO on Roscoe! Open Mic and Reading at the Village Tap – Sunday, 7-19-15


We will be gathering at the Village Tap in Roscoe Village at 2055 W. Roscoe St. on Sunday afternoon, July 19, from 4-6pm, holding forth in the “back room,” which is actually a covered beer garden out back.  

Open Mic – one poem per poet, please!

Featuring these fine RHINO poets:

Keith Wilson
Ruth Goring 
Bill Yarrow
Lisa Croneberg
Faisal Mohyuddin
Maya Marshall
Kenyatta Rogers
Elizabeth O’Connell-Thompson

With special closing act, fast rising Chicago hip-hop MC Rich Jones, who will be performing an a cappella version of a medley from his piece “Chicagoland” (recently presented to strong response at the Elastic Arts Stage at the Logan Square Arts Fest).