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

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Boston, MA-- March 8, 2013 Tyehemba Jess, Poet

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.

RHINO Reads! Open Mic with Featured Readers Allison Joseph and Jon Tribble | FRIDAY 7-29-16

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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

 

Allison Joseph lives in Carbondale, Illinois, where she co-directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Southern Illinois University.  She serves as editor and poetry editor of Crab Orchard Review. Her books include What Keeps Us Here (winner of the Ampersand Press Women Poets Series Prize and the John C. Zacharis Prize), Soul Train (Carnegie Mellon), In Every Seam (Pittsburgh), Imitation of Life (Carnegie Mellon), Worldly Pleasures (winner of the Word Press Poetry Prize) and Voice: Poems (Mayapple Press).  Her most recent full-length poetry collection, My Father’s Kites, was published in 2010 by Steel Toe Books. Recently published books and chapbooks include Trace Particles (Backbone Press), Little Epiphanies (Imaginary Friend Press), Mercurial (Mayapple Press), Mortal Rewards (White Violet Press), and Multitudes (forthcoming, July 2016, Word Press).

 

 

Jon Tribble is the Managing Editor of Crab Orchard Review and the Series Editor of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry. His first book of poems, Natural State, was published by Glass Lyre Press in 2016; his second poetry collection, And There Is Many a Good Thing, is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry in 2017. He is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, Sewanee Writers Conference, and Sarah Lawrence College. He is a recent winner in the Nazim Hikmet International Poetry Competition. He teaches and conducts literary magazine and publishing internships for creative writing students at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

 

 

RHINO Reads! at the Village Tap – SUN, July 17 | 4pm Open Mic and Featured Readers Esteban Colon, Timothy Cook, Nina Corwin, Al DeGenova, Marc Frazier, Katie Hartsock, Tim Hunt, Anthony Madrid, Carlo Matos, Elizabeth O’Connell-Thompson, Marcia Pradzinski, Jen Schalliol, Keith Wilson, Bill Yarrow

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Sunday, July 17, 2016 | 4pm

Village Tap in Roscoe Village

2055 W. Roscoe St., Chicago

Join RHINO for some summer collegiality of poets, sunshine, spirits, verse in the beautiful biergarten of the Village Tap.

Open Mic – one poem per poet, please!

Featured Readers

Esteban Colon

Timothy Cook

Nina Corwin

Al DeGenova

Marc Frazier
Katie Hartsock
Tim Hunt

Anthony Madrid
Carlo Matos

Elizabeth O’Connell-Thompson

Marcia Pradzinski

Jen Schalliol

Keith Wilson

Bill Yarrow

And: We’re working on ending the reading with some spoken word poets.  We’ll let you know as those plans develop!

 

 

RHINO Reads! Open Mic and Featured Readers Simon Mermelstein and Mark Magoon FRI 6-24-16

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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

Simon Mermelstein is a poet and performer from Ann Arbor, MI.  His poetry has appeared in Atlanta Review, RHINO, Spillway, FreezeRay, Hawai’i Pacific Review, Cleaver, Mobius, Radius, The MacGuffin, Poems-For-All, and a healthy handful of other places.  He’s been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize, and has just released his second chapbook, “The Continuing Adventures of Orthomax (now with BOMBASTIC PENTAMETER®!!!). In his spare time, he enjoys winning slams and getting published.

 

Mark Magoon is a poet, writer, and educator. His work—which has been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize—has appeared in Burrow Press, DIAGRAM, Midwestern Gothic, The Nervous Breakdown and many other venues. His book of poems The Upper Peninsula Misses You (ELJ Publications, 2015) is his first release bound by a single spine. Magoon teaches writing at UIC, tutors at the City Colleges, reviews works of poetry for Chicago Review of Books, and makes home in the Windy City with a wife that’s far too pretty.

RHINO Reads! Open Mic and Featured Readers Marc Frazier and Keith Leonard 4-29-16

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Open Mike        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Readers        6:45 pm – 7:30 pm

Brothers K

500 Main St.

Evanston

Directions

 

 

Marc Frazier has been widely published in journals including The Spoon River Poetry Review, ACM, Good Men Project, f(r)iction, Slant, Permafrost, Plainsongs, Poet Lore, Rhino, and Connotation Press. He is the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Award for poetry. His book The Way Here and his chapbooks The Gods of the Grand Resort and After are available on Amazon as well as his second full-length collection titled Each Thing Touches from Glass Lyre Press. He has done readings and led workshops in the Chicago area for many years.

 

Keith Leonard‘s first collection of poems, Ramshackle Ode, is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in April 2016. He is also the author of a chapbook, Still, the Shore, published by YesYes Books. Keith is currently a Visiting Lecturer in Creative Writing at Indiana University.

 

 

RHINO Reads! 3-25-16 Poetry & Justice: #Flint to Benefit FlintKids.org with Sarah Carson, Traci Currie, Nic Custer, Larry O. Dean, Jade Ponds, Kelsey Ronan, Jan Worth-Nelson

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Jade Ponds

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Kelsey

Kelsey Ronan

Jan Worth-Nelson

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Open Mike        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Readers        6:45 pm – 7:30 pm

Brothers K

500 Main St.

Evanston

Directions

This month’s RHINO Reads! features seven writers from Flint, Michigan whose work explores the joys and challenges of living in a city best known for blight, violence and, most recently, poisoned drinking water.

Proceeds from book sales at the event will be donated to flintkids.org – an initiative of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint aimed at ensuring Flint’s children are afforded the resources and interventions to overcome exposure to lead.

 

Sarah Carson was born and raised in Flint but now lives in Chicago. She is the author of the poetry collections Poems in which You Die and Buick City. Her poetry and other writing has appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, the Nashville Review, New Orleans Review, the Minnesota Review and Whiskey Island, among others. Sometimes she blogs at sarahamycarson.com.

 

As a 20-year spoken word artist, Traci Currie uses the stage as a platform to address gender, race, class and sexual orientation. She is currently teaching at the University of Michigan-Flint in the Communication and Visual Arts Department. In addition, she co-facilitates spoken word workshops with young women in the juvenile detention system and is working to complete a book of poetry.

 

Nic Custer is a poet, playwright, journalist, and MC who has contributed to eight original plays about Flint. He served as Artist-in-Residence for a National Endowment for the Arts project and is the author of the poetry collection Nothing Works, Everyone Labors.

 

Larry O. Dean‘s numerous books include Activities of Daily Living (forthcoming, 2017), Brief Nudity (2013), Basic Cable Couplets (2012), abbrev (2011), About the Author(2011), and I Am Spam (2004). He is also an acclaimed singer-songwriter whose latest solo album is Good Grief (2015). The sophomore album from his band, The Injured Parties, is due in 2016. For more info, go to larryodean.com.

 

Jade Ponds was born in Banbury, England but moved to Flint in 1984 at the age of 2.  She has been writing since 10 years old. She pursued her undergraduate and graduate work in Creative Writing at University of Michigan-Flint. She has published 2 books of poetry and is presently working on her 3rd book called One Petal At a Time.

 

Kelsey Ronan grew up in Flint, Michigan. Her fiction and journalism have appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, Belt Magazine, Indiana Review, Cream City Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and the St Louis Post-Dispatch. She lives in St. Louis, where she coordinates Grand Boulevard Workshops, a creative writing outreach program.

 

Jan Worth-Nelson a tried-and-true Flintoid who balances exasperation with abiding love for her adopted hometown. Worth-Nelson’s essays, poems and fiction have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Fourth Genre, Passages North, and Midwestern Gothic, among others.  MFA graduate of the Warren Wilson College program in creative writing, she wrote the 2006 novel Night Blind, based on her experiences in the Peace Corps.  Retired from a longtime career as a writing teacher at the University of Michigan – Flint, she commutes between Flint and San Pedro, CA with her husband.