RHINO Contributors Garner Prizes and Honors

RHINO Interns

Rhino Man by David Csisko

Join us in celebrating our contributors’ recent and forthcoming book publications and prizes! 

These listings including information new since the poet published in RHINO. Past and current issue contributors to RHINO are encouraged to email their major literary updates to editors@rhinopoetry.org.


Jose Araguz‘s second poetry collection, Small Fires, is forthcoming from FutureCycle Press in 2017.


Michael Bazzett‘s You Must Remember This (Milkweed Editions, 2014) was his debut full-length collection and won the Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry. Horsethief will publish OUR LANDS ARE NOT SO DIFFERENT in early 2017.


Jan Bottiglieri‘s* first full-length book Alloy was published by Mayapple Press in 2015.


Claudia Cortese’s first full-length book, Wasp Queen, will be published by Black Lawrence Press in 2016.


Jessica Cuello‘s first full-length manuscript Pricking is forthcoming from Tiger Bark Press in November 2016 and her second book Hunt won The 2016 Washington Prize from The Word Works and is forthcoming in March 2017.


Emari DiGiorgio‘s debut collection, The Things a Body Might Become is forthcoming from  ELJ Editions in July 2017. She won the 2016 Auburn Witness Poetry Prize Honoring Jake Adam York.


Chelsea Dingman‘s first full-length book Thaw is a winner of the National Poetry Series Competition (2016), chosen by Allison Joseph, and forthcoming from the University of Georgia Press (2017).


Katie Hartsock‘s book Bed of Impatiens is forthcoming from Able Muse Press, where it was a finalist for the 2016 Able Muse Book Award (and garnering finalist status for the Yale Younger Poets and New Criterion Poetry Prizes).


Rochelle Hurt‘s collection of poetry In Which I Play the Runaway won the Barrow Street Book Prize and is forthcoming in fall 2016.


Sarah Katz appeared on the PBS Newshour in a feature about the Deaf Poets Society, a new digital magazine she founded.


Virginia Konchan published the chapbook Vox Populi in 2015 (Finishing Line Press).


Nancy Chen Long‘s first full-length book Light into Bodies has been selected as the winner of the 2016 Tampa Review Prize for Poetry and is forthcoming from University of Tampa Press.


Marco Maisto‘s first full-length book Traces of a Fifth Column won the Hillary Gravendyk National Prize from Inlandia Institute.


Matthew Minicuccis book Translation (Kent State University Press, 2015) was chosen by Jane Hirshfield for the 2014 Wick Poetry Prize, and his book Small Gods forthcoming from New Issues Press in 2017. 


Jennifer Moore‘s first full-length collection, THE VERONICA MANEUVER, was selected by Mary Biddinger as the Editor’s Choice for the 2014 Akron Series in Poetry and was published in 2015.  She was recently granted an Artist Residency Fellowship at Artsmith.


Jamie Mortara published a bundle of chapbooks: ANYONE CAN PAINT THEIR NAILS BECAUSE GENDER IS IMAGINARY EVERYTHING IS MEANINGLESS LOVE IS A MYTH SEX IS GROSS WE ALL DIE ALONE AND OUR STUPID BODIES WILL SOON RETURN TO THE DUST FROM WHENCE THEY CAME, congratulations you are prequalified for the darkness that consumes us all, and shit i said on the internet while taking prozac, or: side effects include every side effect ever.


Aimee  Nezhukumatathil was awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Art. Her forthcoming book of illustrated nature essays is WORLD OF WONDER (2018, Milkweed Editions). 


Raul Palma won the 2016 Leo Love Award for the UNM Summer Writers’ Conference in Santa Fe. 


Kenyatta Rogers* was a 2016 Breadloaf Writers Residency Fellow.


Kathleen Rooney‘s second novel, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk, will be published by St. Martin’s Press in January of 2017.


Erika L. Sánchez‘s  debut poetry collection, Lessons on Expulsion, is forthcoming from Graywolf in July 2017. Her debut young adult novel, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, will be published by Knopf Books for Young Readers, scheduled for fall 2017. 


Sam Sax won a 2015 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and his book MADNESS is a winner of the National Poetry Series Competition (2016), chosen by Terrance Hayes, and forthcoming from Penguin (2017).


Philip Schaefer‘s  first book [Hideous] Miraculous won the Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize and is forthcoming in 2017 from The University of Utah Press.


Laura Van Prooyen‘s Our House Was on Fire, was awarded the McGovern Prize (Ashland Poetry Press 2015) and the 2015 Writers’ League of Texas Poetry Book Award.


Ocean Vuong published Night Sky with Exit Wounds (Copper Canyon Press, 2016), winner of the 2016 Whiting Award.


Keith S. Wilson won the Baltic Kentucky Writers Fellowship.



*Also a RHINO editor.

RHINO 2014 Issue 1.2 now online!

rhino2014The editors of RHINO are thrilled to announce that our second installment of RHINO 2014 is online!  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.

Our first installment of 2014′s poems went up in July and we anticipate the third and last installment of poems will be online in   February/March.

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


Tory Adkisson • Mahmud Al-Braikan • Haider Al-Kabi • Hamutal Bar-Yosef • Emma Bolden • J. Camp Brown • Nahshon Cook • Ismelda Cruz • Shawn Fawson •  Elisa Gabbert • Kathleen Rooney •  Dan Gutstein • Paul Hostovsky • Jessie Janeshek • Kathleen Kirk • Diane LeBlanc • Ann Lynn •  Ruth Madievsky • Thomas March • Matthew Minicucci • Abby E. Murray • Pablo Otavalo • Michelle Peñaloza • Dan Pinkerton • Laura Ramos • Gwen North Reiss • AJ Roberts • Tomaž Šalamun • Danez Smith • Frank Terry • Brandon Whiting



RHINO Reads! Open Mic & Featured Reader Kathleen Rooney 6-29-2012

Open Mike        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Poets        6:45 pm – 7:30 pm

Brothers K

500 Main St.

Evanston, IL


Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press, and the author of six books, including, most recently, For You, For You I Am Trilling These Songs. With Elisa Gabbert, she is the author of the That Tiny Insane Voluptuousness, and her first poetry collection, Oneiromance (an ephithalamion) won the Gatewood Prize from Switchback Books. She lives in Chicago and blogs at:  http://kathleenrooney.com/

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

Poetry Forum: Led by Kathleen Rooney – Fourth Sundays Poetry (except this one!) Workshop 4-17-11

(note exception – this is a THIRD Sunday)


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.

Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press, a non-profit dedicated to the publication of literary work in hybrid genres. Her first collection, Oneiromance (an epithalamion) won the 2007 Gatewood Prize from feminist publisher Switchback Books, and her collaborative collection That Tiny Insane Voluptuousness (co-written with Elisa Gabbert) was published by Otoliths in 2008. Also with Gabbert, she is the co-author of the chapbooks Something Really Wonderful (Dancing Girl Press, 2007) and Don’t ever stay the same; keep changing (Spooky Girlfriend Press, 2009). Her latest chapbook, After Robinson Has Gone, has just been released by Greying Ghost Press. She blogs at www.kathleenrooney.com and teaches at DePaul University.

Topic: The Fantastic Mongrel: Experiments in Prose Poetry

Prose poetry is far more than just verse without line breaks. Borrowing from a variety of forms and genres, including questionnaires, how to books, conver­sations, dream narratives, and art installations like those of Joseph Cornell, these little blocks, patches, scraps, chunks, fragments—whatever you want to call them—are  tiny boxes that can contain big things. We will consider various strategies for composing prose poetry, as well as the ways in which experimentation with the prose poem form can bring innovation to writing of all lengths and genres.

Bring 18 – 20 copies of a poem (2 page limit) you want critiqued.*$5 – $10 donation appreciated.

This project has been partially supported by grants from Poets & Writers and the Illinois Arts Council.