RHINO Reads! at Bookends & Beginnings
Open Mic Featuring Lee Sharkey and Tara Betts
JAN 27 2017


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Open Mic        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Readers        6:45 pm – 7:45 pm

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


Lee Sharkey’s Walking Backwards just appeared from Tupelo Press. Her earlier collections include Calendars of Fire(Tupelo, 2013), A Darker, Sweeter String (Off the Grid, 2008), and eight other full-length poetry books and chapbooks. Her work has appeared in Crazyhorse, FIELD, Kenyon Review, Massachusetts Review, Nimrod, Pleiades, Seattle Review, and other journals. Her recognitions include the RHINO Editor’s Prize, the Abraham Sutzkever Centennial Translation Prize, the Maine Arts Commission’s Fellowship in Literary Arts, and the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance’s Distinguished Achievement Award.

Tara Betts is the author of Break the Habit and Arc & Hue. Tara holds a MFA from New England College and a Ph.D. from Binghamton University. Her writing has appeared in American Poetry Review, POETRYEssence, NYLONOctavia’s Brood, and The Break Beat Poets.  Tara teaches at University of Illinois-Chicago.

Congratulations Editors’ Prize winner Lee Sharkey, 2nd place winner Catherine Wing, and Honorable Mention Teresa Dzieglewicz!

Every year the Editors of RHINO Poetry select works that have had the greatest impact on us. Cash awards are given for First, Second, and Honorable Mention. Winners are acknowledged in that year’s journal and on our website. We have a tradition of nominating the first prize winner for the Pushcart Prize. We occasionally nominate other Place winners for a Pushcart Prize. There is no application process.

2016 Editors’ Prizes


First Prize: Lee Sharkey  for Tashlich


Second Prize: Catherine Wing – Report from the Neandertal Mind


Honorable Mention: Teresa Dzieglewicz – Stranger, thank you for giving me this body

Their work will appear in RHINO 2016 (and available on our website), scheduled for release (as always) in April, National Poetry Month.

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 Reads! 5-31-13 Open Mic and Featured Poets Amy Lipman and Lee Sharkey

Open Mike        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Poets        6:45 pm – 7:30 pm

Brothers K

500 Main St.



Amy Lipman lives and works in Chicago and is an MFA candidate at Columbia College. Her work has appeared in The Deadline and Cicada Magazine.

Lee Sharkey is the author of the recently released Calendars of Fire (Tupelo, 2013), A Darker, Sweeter String (Off the Grid, 2008), and eight earlier full-length poetry collections and chapbooks. Her poems have appeared recently in Consequence, Crazyhorse, FIELD, Kenyon Review, Nimrod, The Pinch, and The Seattle Review. Her awards include the Maine Arts Commission’s 2010 Fellowship in Literary Arts, the 1997 Rainmaker Award in Poetry, and the Abraham Sutzkever Centennial Translation Prize. She lives in the woods near Farmington, Maine, where she co-edits the Beloit Poetry Journal.