Next Poetry Workshop Forum 4-3-16 Led by Kimberly Dixon-Mays

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Evanston Public Library

ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

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1:30-4:30

Topic: “Await Your Turn” – Volta, fulcrum, modulation, torque, swerve, turn… There are many names for a poem’s shift to a different key, redirect of attention, thwarting of expectation. How do poets create these moments in their poems? Where? How? Most important, why? What is the poet’s obligation to provide such a moment, as a landmark or reward? What is the reader’s obligation to give in to its surprise or loss of balance? And how does this moment function as more than a punchline? We’ll talk and read, not to pin down a definition as much as to explore the possibilities. No need for specific expertise, except about how turns move you, as reader, writer, or both.

 

Kimberly Dixon-Mays is a Ragdale and Cave Canem fellow whose publications include Reverie, Anthology of Chicago, Uproot, Consequence and Rhino magazines, the anthologies Trigger Warning and Just Like a Girl: A Manifesta! and her own collections SenseMemory, and More Than a Notion: Reflections on (Black) Marriage. Since 2004 she has been a frequent writer with the Poetry Performance Incubator project of the Guild Literary Complex, and served as the Guild’s Executive Director from 2010 to 2012.

 

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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Poetry Forum Workshop with Beth McDermott – Sunday, 2-28-16

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Evanston Public Library

ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

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1:30-4:30

Topic: Ekphrasis: from Homer to Graham. It’s a long-standing tradition that we can trace all the way back to Homer’s description of Achilles’s shield, and yet “ekphrasis” is hard to define.  How do critics define ekphrasis and how do poets accomplish it?  Is ekphrasis always, in James Heffernan’s conception, “the verbal representation of a visual representation”?  Are these two art forms close personal friends, or destined to always miss each other and possibly even fight to the death?

Beth McDermott is the author of How to Leave a Farmhouse, a chapbook published by Porkbelly Press (2015).  She earned her MFA from Purdue University and her PhD from the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Beth’s poetry has been published in journals such as DIAGRAM, Harpur Palate, Terrain.org and Southern Humanities Review. She is an associate editor with RHINO.

 

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.

Poetry Forum Workshop with Ruth Goring – Sunday, 1-24-16

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Evanston Public Library

ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

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1:30-4:30

Topic: How do we write places? How do we use poems to wander and wonder, leave and return? We’ll look at images of place in the work of several poets—how they sometimes make us smell and know places we have never been.

 

Ruth Goring’s poetry collections are Soap Is Political (Glass Lyre, 2015) and Yellow Doors (WordFarm, 2004). Her poems have also appeared, or will soon, in Calyx, RHINO, Crab Creek Review, Pilgrimage, Sin Fronteras, New Madrid, and elsewhere. Having grown up in Colombia, she has provided accompaniment and advocacy to peace communities in that country. Currently she serves on the board of Colombia Vive Chicago. Hear her recent Chicago Public Radio reading/interview at http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-poet-ruth-goring-says-colombia-soap-political-113428. Ruth is a senior manuscript editor at University of Chicago Press and teaches in the Graham School’s editing certificate program. She loves empanadas, scotch, doing art (chalk pastels, mosaics, collage), and the Spanish language.

 

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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Poetry Forum Workshop with Bill Yarrow – Sunday, 11-22-15

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Evanston Public Library

ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

Church & Orrington map

1:30-4:30

Bill Yarrow is the author of Blasphemer, Pointed Sentences, and four chapbooks. His poems have appeared in many print and online magazines including RHINO, FRiGG, THRUSH, and PANK. A multiple-time Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, he is a Professor of English at Joliet Junior College where he teaches creative writing, Shakespeare, and film.

 

Topic: To Your Blasphemous Self Be True. Flannery O’Connor wrote, “The only way to the truth is through blasphemy.” In this session, we will confront our external and internal censors and explore strategies to evade or outwit them. Bring your courage. Leave your naysayer at home. Everything is permitted.

 

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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Poetry Forum Workshop with Faisal Mohyuddin – Sunday, 10-25-15

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Evanston Public Library

ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

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1:30-4:30

Faisal Mohyuddin teaches English at Highland Park High School in suburban Chicago and is currently a fellow in the U.S. Department of State’s Teachers for Global Classrooms program. His writing has appeared in the minnesota review, RHINO, Crab Orchard Review, Poet Lore, Free LunchIndivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry, and elsewhere. For a poem published in their Fall 2014 issue, Prairie Schooner awarded him the Edward Stanley Prize. Faisal holds an MFA in fiction writing from Columbia College Chicago and lives with his family in Chicago.

 

Topic:   Rumi, Poet for All Peoples, All Times. According to a 2014 BBC story, Jalal ad-Din Rumi – a Sufi Muslim born over 800 years ago – is the best-selling poet in the U. S.  What is it about his work that continues to enchant so many around the world?  Says Coleman Barks, whose translations have propelled Rumi’s popularity, “Rumi is one of the great souls and …spiritual teachers. He shows us our glory. He wants us to be more alive, to wake up… to see our beauty….” Yet Rumi’s appeal goes deeper, wider.  Says Barks, in the BBC article   “…there is a strong global movement… that wants to dissolve the boundaries that religions have put up and end the sectarian violence.  It is said that people of all religions came to Rumi’s funeral in 1273. Because, they said, he deepens our faith wherever we are.  This is a powerful element in his appeal now.”  We will discuss a selection of Rumi’s most compelling works (about love and laughter, music and Moses) – their technical beauty and their power to inspire and unify.

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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Poetry Forum Workshop with Sara Henning – Sunday, 9-27-15

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Evanston Public Library

ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

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1:30-4:30

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.

Sara Henning is the author of A Sweeter Water (Lavender Ink, 2013), as well as two chapbooks, Garden Effigies (Dancing Girl Press, 2015) and To Speak of Dahlias (Finishing Line Press, 2012).  Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in such journals as Crazyhorse, Quarterly West, Green Mountains Review, Crab Orchard Review, and RHINO. Winner of the 2015 Lynda Hull Memorial Poetry Prize, she is currently a doctoral student in English and Creative Writing at the University of South Dakota, where she serves as associate editor of Sundress Publications.

Topic: Writing the Drama of the Self. One need only turn to Emerson, Whitman, and Dickinson to concede that American writing is, as poet Kathleen Ossip contends, grounded in the drama of the self. In a current environment of  experimentation and hybridity, the confessional mode is becoming critically revivified, as current critics and writers toss around forms that have developed in its stead — the neo-confessional.  Indeed, to reject the form celebrated by Sexton, Lowell, and Plath is to discard a genre that has the potential to humanize its readers. We’ll trace a lineage from the groundbreaking confessional writers through post-confessional poets such as Glück, Levine, and Olds, who dramatized the self through taming the ego and lyrical epiphanies. And we’ll look at some neo-confessional writers such as Natalie Diaz, Jake Adam York, and Matt Rasmussen, who dramatize facets of the self in order to interrogate cultural repercussions in our society at large.

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No Poetry Forum in August

No August Poetry Forum – see you in September!

The RHINO Poetry Forum Workshop & Peer Exchange is more than a hammer-and-nail workshop.  In existence since the 1970s, its goal has always been to present diverse views on poetry and poetics, as well as to exchange poems for critiquing, in which everyone, including RHINO Poetry editors and past leaders, participate as peers.  All poets are invited.

The Forum, with rare exceptions, meets on FOURTH SUNDAYS, at the Evanston Library.
During the first half hour the guest leader presents on a topic of her or his choice; the rest of the time is divided among participants  who bring poems for feedback.  Discussion is welcome.  Leaders are paid an honorarium, and — in keeping with our goal — come from everywhere, both geographically and in their approach to poetry.
Attendance is free, although a $5-$10 donation is appreciated.  Bring at least 17 copies of a poem you want critiqued.

Fourth Sundays, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Evanston Public Library – Room 108

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Upcoming and past workshopsclick here.

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Sign up for a monthly email about the upcoming workshop by sending an email request to Halinka1@aol.com or write to 415 Elm St. Apt 6B, Deerfield 60015.

This project is partially supported by grants from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and Poets & Writers, Inc.

Poetry Forum Workshop with Sandra Marchetti – Sunday, 7-26-15

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Evanston Public Library

ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

Church & Orrington map

1:30-4:30

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.

Sandra Marchetti is the author of Confluence, a debut full-length collection of poetry from Sundress Publications, and a co-author of Heart Radicals, with Les Kay, Allie Marini, and Janeen Rastall. Eating Dog Press published an illustrated letterpress edition of her essays and poetry, A Detail in the Landscape, and her first volume, The Canopy, won Midwest Writing Center’s Mississippi Valley Chapbook Contest. Sandy’s work appears in The Hollins Critic, Sugar House Review, Ecotone, Green Mountains Review, Blackbird, Southwest Review, and elsewhere. She is a Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Studies at Aurora University outside of her hometown of Chicago.

Topic: The Confluence of Rhythms Begins: Mapping the Sounds of Your Poems, “Soon, soon the flesh / The grave cave ate will be / At home on me.” Sylvia Plath’s images in “Lady Lazarus” are haunting, but they are propelled into nightmare through her expert sense of sound and rhythm. If you are wondering how to further develop tempo to enhance your poems’ images and narrative, this innovative music-poetics workshop is for you. These methods will boost sound play in both free verse and metrical poems.

  *$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.

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Poetry Forum Workshop with Anthony Madrid – Sunday 6-28-15

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

ANTHONY MADRID lives in Chicago. His poems have appeared in Best American Poetry 2013, Boston ReviewFenceLana TurnerLIT, and Poetry. His first book is called I AYOUR SLAVE NOW DWHAT I SAY (Canarium Books, 2012).

Topic:   The secret rhyme rule book of the ancient rhymers, fully explained. Along with some juicy bits as to what’s in it for you.

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.

  *$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.

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RHINO at Evanston Lit Fest! May 16 and 17, 2015

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We’re thrilled to be a featured event (2 events) at the inaugural Evanston Lit Fest!

 
Saturday, May 16
RHINO 2015 issue reading – featuring poets & editors from RHINO 2015
John McCarthy
Ruth Goring
Lisa Croneberg
Heather Cox
Bill Yarrow
Virginia Bell
Helen Degen Cohen
Angela Narciso Torres
with Dina Elenbogen (RHINO 2010)
3 – 4:30 pm 
Creative Coworking
922 Davis Street
Evanston
Sunday, May 17
Workshop and critique, with Jenene Ravesloot and Tom Roby IV
Evanston Public Library
Church & Orrington
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1:30-4:30 — ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room
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