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.