Congratulations Greg Grummer, 2016 Founders’ Prize Winner, and Runners-up Katie Heartsick and Teresa Dzieglewicz

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The editors of RHINO are happy to announce the winner, runners-up and selections for the 2016 issue from our Founders’ Contest!

  • The winner will receive $500.00, publication in the next issue, will be featured on our website, and nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
  • Two runners up will receive $50.00, publication in the next issue, and will be featured on our website. We occasionally nominate a runner-up for a Pushcart Prize.
  • The annual issue will be published in April 2016.

The winner of our Founders’ Prize for the 2016 issue:

Greg GrummerGreg Grummer, “The Great Butterfly Collapse”

Katie Hartsock, “On the Heat of Upstate Travel in the Advancing Polar Air”
Teresa Dzieglewicz, “St Maria Goretti speaks to the girl”

In addition to the above winners, we selected the following for publication in the 2016 issue:

Jose Araguz, “Scripture: Meadowlark” and “Scripture: Hour”
Joann Balingit, “Limón Homage”
Teresa Dzieglewicz, “Stranger, Thank You for Giving Me This Body”
Ann Hudson, “Having It Out with Walt Whitman at ACE Hardware”
Sarah Kim, “Reflection”
Fergus McAlister, “Haven”
Pablo Otavalo ,”El Morro”
Maggie Rowe, “Like a Solemn Friend Inebriate with Rain”
Lee Sharkey “Tashlich” and “Old World”
Marilyn Taylor, “Ice”


RHINO at First Night Evanston: 9pm 12-31-15 with J. Max Barry, Virginia Bell, Tina Boyer Brown, Greg Grummer, Ralph Hamilton, Anthony Madrid, Pam Miller, Pablo Otavalo, Jacob Saenz

We’re delighted to join the fabulous entertainment, venues, and revelry
Bring in the new year with RHINO poets & readers at 9pm, December 31, 2015
First Presbyterian Church
1427 Chicago Avenue – Walker Chapel
Featured readers

J. Max Barry

Virginia Bell

Tina Boyer Brown

Greg Grummer

Ralph Hamilton

Anthony Madrid

Pam Miller

Pablo Otavalo

Jacob Saenz

Poetry Forum Workshop led by Greg Grummer 10-26-14



Evanston Public Library
Church & Orrington
1:30-4:30 — ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

Greg Grummer has been published in numerous journals and periodicals, APR, The Indiana Review, RHINO, and Ploughshares among others, and is one of the “Seven 21st Century Poets” in Burning Gorgeous. He received an MFA in poetry from George Mason in 1992. After graduation he joined the family papermaking business, marketing hand papermaking kits and teaching papermaking. He lives in Shorewood, Wisconsin, one street north of Milwaukee.

Topic: Dali’s Melting Clocks–accessing the unconscious. Einstein and Freud and Dali were interested in breaking out of one way of seeing the world, as poets would often like to do. Our old friend Greg Grummer will come in from Milwaukee to share his slant or zany (but wise) views with us, and include a hands-on exercise towards accessing unconscious concerns and then ushering them into the poem. He will bring in “BURNING GORGEOUS”, in which several poets break out of norms to speak to us from some very high limbs. You might say, this is about adding freedom to freedom.

Bring 15 or more copies (2 page limit) of a poem you want critiqued. $5 – $10 donation appreciated, not required.

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.



Poetry Forum: Led by Greg Grummer – Fourth Sundays Poetry Workshop 10-24-10


Evanston Public Library

Church & Orrington

1:30-4:30 — Room 108

Past leaders and readers and all poets welcome. Drop in, have poems critiqued, and participate in an ongoing discussion of poetry and poetics.  Sessions are free* and no registration is required.

Greg Grummer has had poems published in many periodicals and small presses, including American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Indiana Review, Rhino, William & Mary Review, Hunger, Porcupine, Small Pond, Fine Madness, and Phoebe, Now Culture, Triggerfish, and others.  His book, Long After the Fall of Communism, was recently published in an anthology titled Burning Gorgeous, 7 21st Century Poets.  He is one of several editors of the online journal Triggerfish Critical Review. He graduated from George Mason University with an MFA in poetry in 1991. In 1990 he was co-poetry editor of Phoebe, the university small press.  Since that time he has been an active member in the Milwaukee poetry scene.  He is also an active member of the Rhino poetry forum in Evanston, IL.  He works at Greg Markim, Inc, marketing and manufacturing papermaking kits and supplies.  He has done artist-in-residency programs for area grade schools and taught papermaking to the community.

Topic: Online Poetry and the Online Poetry Journal

The internet is upon us; there’s no turning back. How has the internet begun to change the way poetry is submitted, presented, and written?  Take a look at the link for the Cortland Review, one of countless online poetry journals.  Notice anything different?  As for how the internet can affect the writing of poetry, take a look at the link provided to The Critical Poet online critique site.  Shape poem 4: ikons  gives us just one of many ways the web and poetry can be combined.

Bring 17 or more copies (no longer than two pages) of work you want critiqued.

*$5 – $10 donation appreciated

This project has been partially supported by a grant from Poets & Writers, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

RHINO Reads! Open Mic & Featured Readers Angela Narciso Torres and Greg Grummer 4-24-09

Open Mike           6:00 – 6:30

Featured Poets    6:45 – 7:30

Brothers K

500 Main St.

Evanston, IL


Angela Narciso Torres was born in Brooklyn, NY and grew up in Manila, Philippines.  A graduate of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, Angela’s poems have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, North American Review, Asian Pacific American Journal, Rattle, and the Filipina anthology Going Home to a Landscape.

Greg Grummer has been published in numerous small presses, among them APR, Ploughshares, Indiana Review, Fine Madness, and Hunger.  He currently lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he works in his family’s small manufacturing craft business.