RHINO Reads! at Bookends & Beginnings
Open Mic Featuring John Amen, Joshua Corey, and Mary Jo Thompson
OCT 27, 2017

RHINO Reads October 2017
Featured Readers 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Open Mic 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Bookends & Beginnings, LLC
1712 Sherman Ave, Alley #1
Evanston, IL 60201

This event is free and open to the public!

JOHN AMEN is the author of several collections of poetry, including strange theater (New York Quarterly Books, 2015), a finalist for the 2016 Brockman-Campbell Award and work from which was chosen as a finalist for the 2016 Dana Award. His latest collection, Illusion of an Overwhelm, was released by New York Quarterly Books in April 2017. His poetry, fiction, reviews, and essays have appeared in journals nationally and internationally, and his poetry has been translated into Spanish, French, Hungarian, Korean, and Hebrew. He is a Staff Reviewer for No Depression. He founded and continues to edit The Pedestal Magazine.

 

JOSHUA COREY is a poet, novelist, and translator. His most recent poetry collection is The Barons (Omnidawn Publishing, 2014); with Jean-Luc Garneau he translated Francis Ponge’s first collection of prose poems as Partisan of Things (Kenning Editions, 2016). A collection of critical prose, The Transcendental Circuit: Otherworlds of Poetry, is forthcoming in 2018 from MadHat Press; his next book of poetry, Hannah and the Master, will be published in 2019 by Ahsahta Press. He lives in Evanston with his wife and daughter and teaches English at Lake Forest College.

 

MARY JO THOMPSON is the author of Stunt Heart, selected by Henri Cole for the 2016 Backwaters Poetry Prize. Her work has been anthologized in Best American Poetry and Another and Another from Bull City Press and has appeared in literary journals including RHINO, Field, Beloit Poetry Journal, Prairie Schooner, Missouri Review, and Indiana Review. She lives on Nicollet Island in Minneapolis. Thompson holds an MFA in creative writing from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

 

RHINO Reads! at Bookends & Beginnings
Open Mic Featuring Faisal Mohyuddin and Leila Chatti
SEPT 29, 2017

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Featured Readers        6:45 pm – 8:00 pm

Open Mic        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Bookends & Beginnings, LLC
1712 Sherman Ave, Alley #1
Evanston, IL 60201

This event is free and open to the public!

 

FAISAL MOHYUDDIN is the author of The Displaced Children of Displaced Children (Eyewear Publishing, 2018), selected by Kimiko Hahn as the winner of the 2017 Sexton Prize, and the chapbook The Riddle of Longing (Backbone Press, 2017). His work has appeared in RHINOPrairie SchoonerNarrative, Chicago Quarterly Review, Poet Lore, Crab Orchard Review, and elsewhere. An alumnus of the U.S. Department of State’s Teachers for Global Classrooms program and an educator adviser to Narrative 4, Faisal teaches English at Highland Park High School in Illinois and lives with his wife and son in Chicago.

 

LEILA CHATTI is a Tunisian-American poet and author of the chapbooks Ebb (New-Generation African Poets, forthcoming 2018) and Tunsiya/Amrikiya, the 2017 Editors’ Selection from Bull City Press (forthcoming 2018). She is the recipient of fellowships and awards from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Tin House Writers’ Workshop, Dickinson House, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, where she is the 2017-2018 Ron Wallace Poetry Fellow. Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Tin House, The Georgia Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, New England Review, Narrative, The Rumpus, and elsewhere.

 

RHINO Reads! at Bookends & Beginnings
Open Mic Featuring Jacques Rancourt and Naoko Fujimoto
JUNE 30, 2017

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Open Mic        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Readers        6:45 pm – 7:45 pm

Bookends & Beginnings, LLC
1712 Sherman Ave, Alley #1
Evanston, IL 60201

This event is free and open to the public!

Jacques Rancourt is the author of Novena, winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd prize (Pleiades Press, February 2017). He has held poetry fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, and Stanford University, where he was a Wallace Stegner Fellow. His poems have appeared in the Kenyon Review, jubilat, New England Review, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Best New Poets 2014, among others. He lives and teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Naoko Fujimoto was born and raised in Nagoya, Japan. She was an exchange student and received a B.A. and M.A. from Indiana University. Her recent publications are in Prairie Schooner, Hotel Amerika, RHINO, Cream City Review, and many other journals. Her first chapbook, “Home, No Home”, won the annual Oro Fino Chapbook Competition by Educe Press. Other short collection, “Silver Seasons of Heartache”, was recently released by Glass Lyre Press. Currently she is working on her graphic poetry collection, which will be published by Tupelo Press.

RHINO Reads! at Bookends & Beginnings
Open Mic Featuring Toby Altman and Nathan McClain
MAY 26, 2017

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Open Mic        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Readers        6:45 pm – 7:45 pm

Bookends & Beginnings, LLC
1712 Sherman Ave, Alley #1
Evanston, IL 60201

This event is free and open to the public!

Toby Altman is the author of Arcadia, Indiana (Plays Inverse, 2017) and five chapbooks, Security Theater (Present Tense Pamphlets), Tender Industrial Fabric (Greying Ghost, 2015), Same Difference (Shirt Pocket, 2015), Asides (Furniture Press, 2012) and Life of Richard (Damask, 2011). His poems can or will be found The Best American Experimental Writing 2014The Black Warrior ReviewCrazyhorseDiagramLana Turner, The Laurel Review, and other journals and anthologies.

Nathan McClain is the author of Scale (Four Way Books, forthcoming 2017). His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Southern Indiana Review, Weave Magazine, Union Station Magazine, Toe Good Poetry and Inch. A recipient of scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and The Frost Place, Nathan holds an MFA from Warren Wilson and is a Cave Canem fellow.

RHINO Reads! at Bookends & Beginnings
Open Mic Featuring Tony Trigilio and Michael Bernstein
APR 28, 2017

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Open Mic        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Readers        6:45 pm – 7:45 pm

Bookends & Beginnings, LLC
1712 Sherman Ave, Alley #1
Evanston, IL 60201

(NOTE THE NEW LOCATION!)

Tony Trigilio’s latest book is Inside the Walls of My Own House (BlazeVOX Books, 2016)—the second installment of his multivolume poem The Complete Dark Shadows (of My Childhood). His other books of poetry include Book 1 of The Complete Dark Shadows (of My Childhood) (BlazeVOX, 2014), White Noise (Apostrophe Books, 2013), and Historic Diary (BlazeVOX, 2011). He is the editor of Dispatches from the Body Politic: Interviews with Jan Beatty, Meg Day, and Douglas Kearney (Essay Press, 2016) and Elise Cowen: Poems and Fragments (Ahsahta Press, 2014). With David Trinidad, he co-edits the poetry journal Court Green, which has recently been revived as an independent online magazine and will publish its first electronic issue in Fall 2017. He is a Professor of Creative Writing/Poetry at Columbia College Chicago.

Michael Bernstein is an American writer and musician. Poems of his have appeared in publications including New American Writing, milk, and BlazeVOX. His first poetry collection, this is an x-ray, was published by Writing Knights in 2017. Michael currently lives in Wisconsin, where he works as a prison librarian and music instructor.

RHINO Reads! at Bookends & Beginnings
Open Mic Featuring Albert DeGenova and Tyehimba Jess
FEB 24 2017

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Open Mic        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Readers        6:45 pm – 7:45 pm

Bookends & Beginnings, LLC
1712 Sherman Ave, Alley #1
Evanston, IL 60201

(NOTE THE NEW LOCATION!)

 

Albert DeGenova is an award-winning poet, musician, publisher and teacher.  He is the author of three books of poetry and three chapbooks.  His newest book from Purple Flag Press is Black Pearl, poems of love, sex and regret. DeGenova is the founder and co-editor of After Hours magazine, a journal of Chicago writing and art, which launched in June of 2000. DeGenova leads several writing workshops throughout the year including an annual writing week at The Clearing Folk School (previously the Norbert Blei Writing Workshop) and also with Write-On Door County.

Tyehimba Jess is the author of Leadbelly (winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series) and Olio. Jess is a Cave Canem and NYU Alumni, and received a 2004 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He was a 2004-2005 Winter Fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and won a 2016 Lannan Literary Award in Poetry. Jess is Poetry and Fiction Editor of African American Review and Associate Professor of English at College of Staten Island. His fiction and poetry have appeared in anthologies such as Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American PoetryBeyond The Frontier: African American Poetry for the Twenty-First Century, Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature and Art, Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam, Power Lines: Ten Years of Poetry from Chicago’s Guild Complex, and Slam: The Art of Performance Poetry. 

 

RHINO Reads!
NOV 18 2016
Featuring Women of Willow
With publisher Heather Buchanan
and authors Kelly Norman Ellis, Sahar Mustafah, and Cole Lavalais

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Featured Readers        6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Brothers K Coffeehouse
500 Main St., Evanston, IL

Directions

H. Buchanan is a writer and multimedia producer. The owner of Aquarius Press and co-founder of Willow Books, her own work appears in print and digital publications, including MÖBIUS, The Blood Jet Writing Hour and Brooklyn’s Look At Flatbush, where she is the managing director of the books section. A musician, Buchanan is a member of the Society for American Music. She is the executive producer of The Remembrance Project, a centennial print, digital, and musical tribute to the Harlem Hellfighters.

Kelly Norman Ellis is an associate professor of English and director of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Chicago State University. She is the author of Tougaloo Blues and co-editor of Spaces Between Us: Poetry, Prose and Art on AIDS/HIV, both from Third World Press. Her work has appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Sou’Wester, PMS (Poem, Memoir, Story), Tidal Basin Review, Calyx, and The Ringing Ear. In 2010 Essence Magazine voted her one of their forty favorite poets. She is a Cave Canem Poetry Fellow and founding member of the Affrilachian Poets.

Sahar Mustafah is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, an inheritance she explores in her fiction. Her short story collection is the 2016 winner of the Willow Books Grand Prize, forthcoming in 2017. She teaches English and creative writing to wonderfully misunderstood teenagers, who tell her she will make it big someday and leave them when her book is optioned. She’s also a proud co-founder of Bird’s Thumb, an online literary journal, devoted to new, emerging, and established voices.

Cole Lavalais’ short stories have appeared in The Offing, Obsidian, Apogee, Warpland, Tidal Basin Review and others. She’s been awarded writer residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and The Noepe Center for the Literary Arts. She is a fellow of the Kimbilio Center for Black Fiction, VONA, and the Callaloo Writing workshops. She holds an M.F.A. from Chicago State University and a Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a Visiting Writer at Mississippi University for Women and teaches community-based writing workshops on the south side of Chicago.

RHINO Reads!
Open Mic Featuring Bryan Borland and Ruben Quesada
OCT 28 2016

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Open Mic        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Readers        6:45 pm – 7:45 pm

Brothers K Coffeehouse
500 Main St., Evanston, IL

Directions

Bryan Borland, a Lambda Fellow in Poetry and winner of the 2016 Judith A. Markowitz Emerging Writer Award, is the founder and publisher of Sibling Rivalry Press, the only publishing house to ever win Lambda Literary Awards in both Gay Poetry and Lesbian Poetry. He is the author of My Life as Adam, which was selected by the American Library Association for its first annual “Over the Rainbow” list of recommended LGBT reading, and Less Fortunate Pirates: Poems from the First Year Without My Father, both from Sibling Rivalry Press, as well as DIG, just published by Stillhouse Press. He is the founding editor of Assaracus: A Journal of Gay Poetry, which was honored in its first year by Library Journal as a “Best New Magazine,” the editor of Lady Business: A Celebration of Lesbian Poetry, which was included on 2013’s “Over the Rainbow” list, and the co-editor of Joy Exhaustible, an anthology highlighting the writing of gay publishers and editors, which was included on 2014’s “Over the Rainbow” list. He lives in Arkansas with his husband and co-publisher of Sibling Rivalry Press, Seth Pennington.

Ruben Quesada is the author of Next Extinct Mammal, translator of Luis Cernuda: Exiled from The Throne of Night, and editor of Latino Poetics, forthcoming from University of New Mexico Press, which features essays on Latina/o poetry by new and emerging Latinx writers. As an editor, he plays a direct role in various outlets, though his most visible work is as Essays Editor of The Rumpus and as Senior Editor of Queen Mob’s Teahouse. Ruben is invested in the creation of community infrastructure and the promotion of Latino writers at all stages of their career.

RHINO Reads! Open Mic Featuring Holly Amos and Matt Kelsey | SEPT 30 2016

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Open Mic        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Readers        6:45 pm – 7:45 pm

Brothers K Coffeehouse
500 Main St., Evanston, IL

Directions

Holly Amos is an animal rights advocate and vegan. She is the author of the full-length poetry collection Continual guidance of air from H_NGM_N BKS. She is the editorial assistant for Poetry and a poetry editor for the online journal Pinwheel.

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 the past two summers. His writing has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Best New Poets, Pacifica Literary Review, and elsewhere.

RHINO Reads! Open Mic with Featured Readers John Goode and C. Russell Price | AUG 26, 2016

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Open Mike        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Readers        6:45 pm – 7:30 pm

Brothers K Coffeehouse
500 Main St., Evanston, IL

Directions

John Goode is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee.  His poems have appeared in a variety of magazines including: Arsenic Lobster, Rattle, Slipstream, Mudfish, Bottle of Smoke Press, After Hours, and Skidrow Penthouse.  He was First Runner-Up for the Ronald Wardall Award from Rain Mountain Press.  And his poetry collection, “Graduating from Eternity” was published by Rain Mountain Press in 2013.  He lives and works in Chicago, Illinois.

C. Russell Price is an Appalachian genderqueer punk poet originally from Virginia but now lives on Chicago’s northside. Previous publications include: Court Green, Lambda Lit, Nimrod International, Weave, and elsewhere. They were a 2015 Lambda Lit Fellow and a finalist for the Edes Prize, Luminarts Fellowship, and the Boston Review/Discovery Award. Their chapbook TONIGHT, WE FUCK THE TRAILER PARK OUT OF EACH OTHER was published by Sibling Rivalry Press in June 2016. They currently teach poetry writing at Northwestern University and work with The Offing.