RHINO Reads! at Bookends & Beginnings
Open Mic Featuring John Amen, Joshua Corey, and Mary Jo Thompson
OCT 27, 2017

RHINO Reads October 2017
Featured Readers 6:30 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!

JOHN AMEN is the author of several collections of poetry, including strange theater (New York Quarterly Books, 2015), a finalist for the 2016 Brockman-Campbell Award and work from which was chosen as a finalist for the 2016 Dana Award. His latest collection, Illusion of an Overwhelm, was released by New York Quarterly Books in April 2017. His poetry, fiction, reviews, and essays have appeared in journals nationally and internationally, and his poetry has been translated into Spanish, French, Hungarian, Korean, and Hebrew. He is a Staff Reviewer for No Depression. He founded and continues to edit The Pedestal Magazine.


JOSHUA COREY is a poet, novelist, and translator. His most recent poetry collection is The Barons (Omnidawn Publishing, 2014); with Jean-Luc Garneau he translated Francis Ponge’s first collection of prose poems as Partisan of Things (Kenning Editions, 2016). A collection of critical prose, The Transcendental Circuit: Otherworlds of Poetry, is forthcoming in 2018 from MadHat Press; his next book of poetry, Hannah and the Master, will be published in 2019 by Ahsahta Press. He lives in Evanston with his wife and daughter and teaches English at Lake Forest College.


MARY JO THOMPSON is the author of Stunt Heart, selected by Henri Cole for the 2016 Backwaters Poetry Prize. Her work has been anthologized in Best American Poetry and Another and Another from Bull City Press and has appeared in literary journals including RHINO, Field, Beloit Poetry Journal, Prairie Schooner, Missouri Review, and Indiana Review. She lives on Nicollet Island in Minneapolis. Thompson holds an MFA in creative writing from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.


RHINO Reads! Open Mic and Featured Poets David Scronce, Susan Yount, and Joshua Corey 6-24-11

Open Mike        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Poets       6:45 pm – 7:30 pm

Brothers K

500 Main St.

Evanston, IL


Special appearance by San Francisco Poet David Scronce!

Susan Yount (aka Sissy) was born and raised on a 164-acre farm in Southern Indiana where she learned to drive a tractor, harvest crops, feed the chickens and hug her beloved goat, Cinnamon. Soon after receiving her BA from Indiana University in Photo-Journalism, she married a physicist and moved to Ohio. While attending Kent State University as a guest graduate, she worked at the largest flour mill in northeast Ohio where she kept those Accounts Receivables up-to-date (no small feat, that!). Recently moved, she and her husband built a home on the south side of Chicago with a view of the Sears Tower. In the middle of the upheaval she found time to give birth to a bouncy baby boy! She is the Editor and Publisher of Arsenic Lobster and works (for pay!) at the Associated Press. Having begun graduate studies in poetry at Columbia College in Chicago, she now balances her studies with work, her new home and her delightful baby. Only Mimi Mousy Tongue knows what Susan will be doing next and she’s not talking. Her poetry has appeared in several print and online magazines including Elixir, Bathtub Gin, Wicked Alice, Verse Daily and The Chaffin Journal. Susan is a 2003 recipient of The Lynda Hull Memorial Scholarship in Poetry. In 2010 she was awarded first prize in the 16th Annual Juried Reading competition at The Poetry Center Of Chicago. In her spare (!) time she moonlights as the Madame at the Chicago Poetry Brothel.

Joshua Corey is a poet, writer, teacher, dad, and (ahem) the Gustav E. Beerly, Jr. Assistant Professor of English at Lake Forest College. “Joshua Corey’s book of sonnets (Severance Songs) is formally playful and emotionally raw, with an intensity of expression that is at times harrowing. . . . [A]n extraordinary volume.” —Paul Hoover