Haki Madhubuti to receive RHINO’s Paladin Award – April 17, 2016

The editors of RHINO will present poet, publisher, teacher, writer, and advocate Haki Madhubuti with the 2016 Paladin Award on April 17, 2016.

The award is for “outstanding contribution to Illinois poetry” and will be presented at the 2016 RHINO issue release party, at the home of Editor-in-chief Ralph Hamilton, 630 S. Clinton Avenue in Evanston. The event will begin at 2pm.


photo by Zbigniew Bzdak, Chicago Tribune.

For more about Haki Madhubuti:

“Poet Haki Madhubuti a Chicago Literary Force” – Rick Kogan, Chicago Tribune

Haki Madhubuti on the Poetry Foundation website


More information about the RHINO 2016 Release Party can be found here.




Helen Degen Cohen and Deborah Nodler Rosen presented with RHINO’s Paladin Award

The Paladin Award

“For extraordinary long-term contribution to poetry in Illinois”

Given by the Editors of RHINO

The 2015 Paladin Award was presented on April 19, 2015 to a surprised Helen Degen Cohen and Deborah Nodler Rosen on April 19, 2015.
We were proud to recognized our own Helen and Debby, for their contributions as Founding Editors of RHINO, the Poetry Forum; poetry activists; poets.
Read more about Helen and Debby here.

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RHINO Reads! Open mic and featured readers Rochelle Hurt, and Allison Joseph, winner of the Paladin Award 4-25-14



Open Mike        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Readers        6:45 pm – 7:30 pm

Brothers K

500 Main St.



Rochelle Hurt is the author of The Rusted City, a novel in poems published by White Pine Press (2014). Her work has been included in Best New Poets 2013, and she has been awarded literary prizes from Crab Orchard Review, Arts & Letters, Hunger Mountain, and Poetry International. Her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have been also published in Mid-American Review, The Southeast Review, Kenyon Review Online, Image, RHINO, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from UNC Wilmington, and she is currently pursuing a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Cincinnati.

Allison Joseph is the author of What Keeps Us Here (Ampersand, 1992), Soul Train (Carnegie Mellon, 1997), In Every Seam (Pittsburgh, 1997), Imitation of Life (Carnegie Mellon, 2003) andWorldly Pleasures (Word Press, 2004). Her honors include the John C. Zacharis First Book Prize, fellowships from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers Conferences, and an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Poetry. She is editor and poetry editor of Crab Orchard Review and director of the Young Writers Workshop, an annual summer residential creative writing workshop for high school writers. She holds the Judge Williams Holmes Cook Endowed Professorship at Southern University of Illinois. She maintains the creative writing opportunities list serve CWROPPS, and in 2012 received the 2012 Garrett Award from the Association of Writers & Writing Programs.  On April 8, 2014, she received an honorary doctorate from Kenyon College. She is the recipient of the 2014 Paladin Award from RHINO.

Paladin Award 2013 – Barry Silesky

The Paladin Award

“For extraordinary long-term contribution to the quality and progress of poetry in Illinois”

Given by the Editors of RHINO

Photos from the 2013 Presentation.

Barry Silesky was born in Minneapolis, MN, but came to Chicago to attend to Northwestern University (BA) and the University of Illinois at Chicago (MA).  He was the founding Editor of ACM (Another Chicago Magazine) and has taught at both the School of the Art Institute and Loyola University Chicago.  For many years, Barry also taught a workshop out of his home. Barry’s long list of publications includes collections of poetry, short prose, and biographies: The New Tenants (1992),One Thing That Can Save Us (1994), This Disease: Poems (2006), Ferlinghetti, The Artist in His Time (1990), and John Gardner, Literary Outlaw (2004).  Barry is a leader in the Chicago poetry community and has always been committed to the intersection of poetry and politics, art and activism.  He has also mentored many local poets and nurtured the careers of countless others.

Read about past Paladin Award winners.

Paladin Award 2012 – Michael Anderson

The Paladin Award

“For extraordinary long-term contribution to the quality and progress of poetry in Illinois”

Given by the Editors of RHINO

The 2012 Paladin Award was given to Michael Anderson.

In his remarks Anderson thanked “Ralph and Helen and Deborah and all the wonderful Rhino people.  To me that’s the greatest part of this endeavor, the friendships I’ve enjoyed over the years. ”  Anderson  quoted the Frost poem Devotion:

The heart can think of no devotion

Greater than being shore to the ocean—

Holding the curve of one position,

Counting an endless repetition.

and went on to say, “When I thought of all the ways I’d been associated with Rhino over the years, first as a reader of the magazine, then published in it, then as Associate Editor, and now for the past several years as member of the Advisory Board—it just struck me that though all the roles had different names, they really were all one position: being shore to this great ocean.  And we’ve all been that, right?  We’ve all been there “holding the curve”; we have many, many roles, but one position.  That’s what is has been and that’s what it will be—onward.”

Michael Anderson’s association with RHINO goes back many years.  Just after moving to Evanston in 1998, he began attending the Sunday afternoon workshops and there met  Helen, Deborah, Alice, Kathleen, Jackie, Chris, Elizabeth and the rest of the wonderful Rhino gang. In the year 2000, he was pleased to be published in the journal.  He then joined the editorial board, serving as an Associate Editor for three years, beginning with the 2001 issue.  In 2007 Michael joined the Advisory Board and continues to serve in that capacity. He and his wife, Kay, have held Rhino events in their home, hosting book-release parties for Helen Degen-Cohen and Kathleen Kirk. In addition to his work with the journal, Michael is a regular supporter of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Remy Bumppo and other regional theaters.  He was pleased this year to be a sponsor of an opera written and produced by Evanston residents, John Austin and Christine Froula.  Heloise and Abelard premiered to critical acclaim in January at Harvard’s Memorial Church. Michael is a member of the board of trustees of the Unitarian Church of Evanston. He is a supporter of Interfaith Action and sponsors three inner-city high school students in a college-prep agency called US Empowered. Michael and his wife are owners of a management consulting firm, the Evanston Group, which they founded in 1999. They have three children, Lorna, Kev, Meg.  (Lorna also served for a time as an Associate Editor).

Read about past Paladin Award winners.