Poetry Forum Workshop led by Marty McConnell – January 25, 2015



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

Marty McConnell lives in Chicago, Illinois, where she coaches individuals and groups toward building thriving, sustainable lives and organizations. An MFA graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, her work recently appeared in Best American Poetry 2014, Southern Humanities Review, Gulf Coast, and Indiana Review, and is forthcoming in Tahoma Literary Review, Court Green, and Columbia Poetry Review. Her first full-length collection, “wine for a shotgun,” published by EM Press, received the Silver Medal in the 2013 Independent Publishers Awards, and was a finalist for both the Audre Lorde Award (Publishing Triangle) and the Lambda Literary Awards.


Topic: Writing In Time. The backdrop of history is omnipresent in poems, but in times of great upheaval like those we are living now, the backdrop becomes the forefront. What is the responsibility of the poet to speak of the times in which we find ourselves? How can we write our experience of these times in authentic ways that don’t appropriate the experience(s) of others? How can we allow political and/or historical elements to enter our poems without becoming didactic and pedantic? We’ll look at how poets ranging from WB Yeats to Wislowa Szymborska to Danez Smith have managed it, do manage it – and how we can as well.


Bring 15 or more copies (2 page limit) of a poem you want critiqued.  *$5 – $10 donation appreciated.

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 Nominations for 2014 Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards


13_Rhino_Cover_wThe Editorial Board of RHINO is extremely pleased to announce the nomination of these Illinois poets and their poems
from the RHINO 2013 issue for the 2014 Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards:

Jeffrey Allen • Johnny  audio version

Kyle Churney • Desert Ghazal

Matthew Reed Corey • Above the Conifers, the Bronze Topknot of a Great Buddha

Albert DeGenova A Good Hammer  – audio version

Katie Hartsock • Cuticles – audio version

Tim Hunt • Still Life with Ash Tray and Beer Can

Virginia Konchan • Zsa Zsa Gabor Learns to Read – audio version

Marty McConnell • the fidelity of Cincinnati

Ladan Osman • The Pound – audio version

Bill Yarrow • Cranshaw on a Boat – audio version