RHINO Poetry Forum: Workshop with Philip Schaefer | SUNDAY 10-22-17

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Evanston Public Library

ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

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1:30-4:30

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Philip Schaefer’s debut collection of poems Bad Summon (University of Utah Press, 2017) won the Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize, and he’s the author of three chapbooks, two co-written with friend and poet Jeff Whitney. He won the 2016 MeridianEditor’s Prize in poetry and has work out or due out in Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Thrush Poetry Journal, Guernica, The Cincinnati Review, Salt Hill, Bat City Review, The Adroit Journal, Baltimore Review, diode, and Passages North among others. He tends bar in Missoula, MT.

Poetry as Portal: Most of us have several personalities, whether they’re dormant forever or appear unexpectedly at a second cousin’s wedding. The page can be the perfect place to exit one world and crawl into another, or better yet, to claw up the other versions of ourselves we never knew were hiding out. From discussing work by Denis Johnson and David Lynch to assessing the poetic techniques which allow for such hypnosis, we will attempt to conjure that which surprises and terrifies the most — the uswe’ve never been shown. 

RHINO Poetry Forum: Workshop with Annah Browning | SUNDAY 07-23-17

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Evanston Public Library

ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

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1:30-4:30

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Annah Browning hails from the foothills of South Carolina, but currently calls Chicago home. She holds an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis and a Ph.D. from the Program for Writers at The University of Illinois-Chicago, and she is the author of a chapbook, The Marriage (Horse Less Press, 2013). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, Indiana Review, Verse Daily, Boulevard, Willow Springs, and other journals. She is poetry editor of Grimoire, an online literary magazine of dark arts.

Persona: What does it mean to speak in the voice of a character other than oneself inside a poem? What freedoms, truths, and perspectives can be gained from speaking through such masks, and how can we create the sensation of a compelling speaker within our own poems? We’ll examine poems from the dramatic monologue tradition by Robert Browning and James Tate, as well as more unconventional persona poems by Sally Wen Mao, Louise Glück, and Anne Sexton, before trying our hands at a persona-building poetry exercise.

RHINO Poetry Forum: Workshop with Ann Hudson | SUNDAY 1-22-17

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ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

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1:30-4:30

Ann Hudson‘s first book, The Armillary Sphere, was selected by Mary Kinzie as the winner of the Hollis Summers Poetry prize and was published by Ohio University Press.  Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Crab Orchard Review, North American Review, Orion, Prairie Schooner, RHINO, The Spoon River Poetry Review, and elsewhere.  Her poem “Elegy With a Train In It” was made into a Motionpoem for the Big Bridges Film Festival.  She lives in Evanston, Illinois, where she teaches at Chiaravalle Montessori School.

Observation and Attention: As poets we are careful observers of the world and its shifting network of relationships, but what, really, does it mean to observe, and how does observation function in poetry?  What is the difference between observation, attention, insight, and description?  We’ll explore these issues in a few poems together, then try our hands at some observation on the fly.

Drop in, have poems critiqued, and participate in an ongoing discussion of poetry and poetics. Sessions are free* and no registration is required.

Bring 15 or more copies (2 page limit) of a poem you want critiqued.

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 Poetry Forum: Workshop with Anne-Marie Cusac | SUNDAY 11-27-16

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Evanston Public Library

ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

Church & Orrington

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1:30-4:30

Anne-Marie Cusac, a George Polk Award-winning journalist, poet, and Professor in the Department of Communication at Roosevelt University, is the author of two books of poetry: The Mean Days (Tia Chucha, 2001) and Silkie, (Many Mountains Moving, 2007), and the nonfiction book Cruel and Unusual: The Culture of Punishment in America (Yale University Press, 2009). Cruel and Unusual won a 2009 PASS (Prevention for a Safer Society) Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency and appeared in a paperback edition in September 2010. Her poetry has also appeared in the journals Poetry, Iowa Review, TriQuarterly, The American Scholar, The Madison Review, and Crab Orchard Review, among others. 

 

Drop in, have poems critiqued, and participate in an ongoing discussion of poetry and poetics. Sessions are free* and no registration is required.

Bring 15 or more copies (2 page limit) of a poem you want critiqued.

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 Poetry Forum: Workshop with Daniela Olszewska | SUNDAY 10-23-16

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Evanston Public Library

ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

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1:30-4:30

 

Daniela Olszewska is the author of three full-length collections of poetry: cloudfang : : cakedirt (Horse Less Press, 2012), True Confessions of an Escapee from The Capra Facility for Wayward Girls (Spittoon Press, 2013), and Citizen J (Artifice Books, 2013). With Carol Guess, she is the co-author of How To Feel Confident With Your Special Talents (Black Lawrence Press, 2014) and Human-Ghost Hybrid Project (Black Lawrence Press, forthcoming).

Topic: Repetition and Incantation: This class will explore the effects of repetition and incantation in contemporary poems. We will read newer poems that make use of repetition and incantation and we will write our own poems modeled off of the reading.

Drop in, have poems critiqued, and participate in an ongoing discussion of poetry and poetics. Sessions are free* and no registration is required.

Bring 15 or more copies (2 page limit) of a poem you want critiqued.

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 Poetry Forum: Workshop with Matt Kelsey | SUNDAY 09-25-16

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Evanston Public Library

ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

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1:30-4:30

 

Matt Kelsey is the webmaster for RHINO, and teaches at Northwestern’s Center for Talent Development. He has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and teaching fellowships from the University of Washington for their writing programs in Rome and Friday Harbor. His writing has appeared in Beloit Poetry JournalBest New PoetsPacifica Literary Review, and elsewhere.

Topic: Difficult Laughter. Humor is complicated and often uncomfortable. It can even seem, at first glance, discordant with the trademark earnestness of contemporary poetics. But we shouldn’t so quickly relegate humor to the ranks of insincerity and deflection. As the late and uniquely insightful Max Ritvo wrote, “Humor isn’t a shield, a repellant, it’s almost a mnemonic device. It makes our sadness rhyme with joy, and that makes it a catchy jingle…I think we seek out humor because we like completeness. Truth, even. Sadness is completed by humor, not diffused or obscured by it.” We’ll use Ritvo’s words (along with Lacey Jane Henson’s and Cody Walker’s) as a lamp while we explore humorous poems by James Tate, Dorothea Lasky, Ashley Capps, and Michael Bazzett. Once we’ve identified the functions of humor in each poem, we’ll determine how we might expand the tonal range of our own writing.

Drop in, have poems critiqued, and participate in an ongoing discussion of poetry and poetics. Sessions are free* and no registration is required.

Bring 15 or more copies (2 page limit) of a poem you want critiqued.

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 Poetry Forum: Workshop with Cecilia Pinto | SUNDAY 7-24-16

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Evanston Public Library

ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

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1:30-4:30

 

Cecilia Pinto‘s work has appeared in a variety of literary journals over a twenty year period including Quarter After Eight, The Seneca ReviewDiagram and The Mississippi Review. Her chapbook, ‘A Small Woman,’ is available from Dancing Girl Press. She has self-published two delightful children’s books. She is faculty in the writing conservatory at The Chicago High School for the Arts and teaches for the Writer’s Studio at the Graham School at the University of Chicago.

Topic: Creating the World in Words. What characterizes poetry in which some sort of genesis occurs? We’ll look at some examples of poetry that creates the world as the poet wants it to be and the process of discovery which must be a part of this creation. Come prepared to write your own version of the world!

Drop in, have poems critiqued, and participate in an ongoing discussion of poetry and poetics. Sessions are free* and no registration is required.

Bring 15 or more copies (2 page limit) of a poem you want critiqued.

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 Poetry Forum: Aricka Foreman 6-26-16

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Evanston Public Library

ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

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1:30-4:30

 

Aricka Foreman is the author of Dream with a Glass Chamber (YesYes Books, 2016). Her work has appeared in The Drunken Boat, Torch Poetry: A Journal for African American Women, Minnesota Review, Union Station Magazine, Vinyl Poetry, RHINO, shufPoetry, Day One, and Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poems for the Next Generation (Viking Penguin), among others. She has received fellowships from Cave Canem and the Callaloo Writers Workshop, and is the Enumerate Editor for The Offing.


Topic: Facing It: Memory, Melancholia and Waking. It is a horrible prospect for anyone to live just for the sake of remembering the dead. “- Avishai Margalit.
We’ll explore the terrains of memory and melancholia, navigating the ways we use, submit to, and wrangle language as a means of seeing through, becoming something new/else in the “after”. 

Drop in, have poems critiqued, and participate in an ongoing discussion of poetry and poetics. Sessions are free* and no registration is required.

Bring 15 or more copies (2 page limit) of a poem you want critiqued.

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.

RESCHEDULED: RHINO Poetry Forum Workshop led by Nate Marshall JUNE 5

This event has been rescheduled from May 29.

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Evanston Public Library

ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

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1:30-4:30

Nate Marshall is the author of Wild Hundreds (University of Pittsburgh) and an editor of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (Haymarket Books).  His last rap album, Grown came out in 2015 with his group Daily Lyrical Product. Nate is a member of The Dark Noise Collective. He won a 2015 Ruth Lilly/Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship. He is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Wabash College.
Topic: Finna – A Poetics of Possibility. In this forum we’ll think about mapping our own linguistic and vernacular traditions and how we can utilize our own “slangs” as sites of freedom.

 

Drop in, have poems critiqued, and participate in an ongoing discussion of poetry and poetics. Sessions are free* and no registration is required.

Bring 15 or more copies (2 page limit) of a poem you want critiqued.

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.

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