RHINO 2015 Online Issue No. 1.3 is here

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The editors of RHINO are thrilled to announce that our third and final installment of our online edition of RHINO 2015 is up and out.


We continue to remain committed to publishing a print journal yearly; the publication of the poems online in three installments (beginning 6 months after print publication) is intended to supplement and broaden the outreach of the print journal.


You can now find the poems from the authors below, here.


The online issue now includes work by

D.M. Aderibigbe • Sylvia Ashby • Jen Bartman • Julia Bouwsma • Shevaun Brannigan  • Enda Carty • Sam Cha • Wendy Chin-Tanner • Nina Corwin • Lisa Croneberg • Kyle Dacuyan • Agnes Davis • Kimberly D. Dixon-Mays • John Duvernoy • Cal Freeman • Ruth Goring • Amy Grimm • Kathleen Hellen • Sara Henning • Sophia Holtz • Ruth Holzer • Cynthia Huntington • Richard Jones • Mary Soon Lee • Brianna Low • Marco Maisto • Timothy Martin • John McCarthy • Max McDonough • Janet McNally • Lucien Darjeun Meadows • Jeffrey Morgan • Peter E. Murphy •  Kelly Nelson • Elizabeth O’Connell-Thompson • Raul Palma • Deborah Paredez • Zoe Polach • Alexis Quinlan • Kenyatta Rogers • Christa Romanosky • Cintia Santana • Ravi Shankar & Nancy Kuhl  • Shoshauna Shy • Brian Simoneau • Sarah J. Sloat • BJ Soloy • Joannie Stangeland • Will Stockton • Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet • John Surowiecki • Daniel Tobin • Emily Tuszynska • V.R. Waters • Quinn White •  Derek JG Williams • Bill Yarrow 

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

Ruth Goring



Evanston Public Library

ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

Church & Orrington map


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.



RHINO on Roscoe! Open Mic and Reading at the Village Tap – Sunday, 7-19-15


We will be gathering at the Village Tap in Roscoe Village at 2055 W. Roscoe St. on Sunday afternoon, July 19, from 4-6pm, holding forth in the “back room,” which is actually a covered beer garden out back.  

Open Mic – one poem per poet, please!

Featuring these fine RHINO poets:

Keith Wilson
Ruth Goring 
Bill Yarrow
Lisa Croneberg
Faisal Mohyuddin
Maya Marshall
Kenyatta Rogers
Elizabeth O’Connell-Thompson

With special closing act, fast rising Chicago hip-hop MC Rich Jones, who will be performing an a cappella version of a medley from his piece “Chicagoland” (recently presented to strong response at the Elastic Arts Stage at the Logan Square Arts Fest).  



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


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
Sunday, May 17
Workshop and critique, with Jenene Ravesloot and Tom Roby IV
Evanston Public Library
Church & Orrington
1:30-4:30 — ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room


RHINO Reads! Open Mic and Featured Poets Ruth Goring and Estaben Colon, 11-25-11

Open Mike        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Poets       6:45 pm – 7:30 pm

Brothers K

500 Main St.

Evanston, IL


Ruth Goring‘s Yellow Doors was published by WordFarm (2004); her poems have appeared recently, or will soon, in CALYX, Pilgrimage, Comstock Review, RHINO, New Madrid, Off the Coast, Ginosko, Naugatuck River Review, Verse Wisconsin, Chicago Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. She edits books at the University of Chicago Press and is finishing up a second manuscript, a collection of poems set in Colombia, where she grew up.

Esteban Colon is a writer from Chicago Heights.  A founding member of the Waiting 4 the Bus Poetry Collective, he co-hosts the 1st and 3rd Monday Night Open mics as well as their 1st Friday show.  His work has found print in varied publications including Rhino Magazine, and has been collected in the chap books Between Blue Lines and Edgar Avenue.  He is the Editor in Chief of Exact Change Only and the devious mind behind The Poetry Bomb.

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

Poetry Forum: Led by Ruth Goring – Fourth Sundays Poetry Workshop 9-26-10


Evanston Public Library

Church & Orrington

1:30-4:30 — Room 108

Past leaders and readers and all poets welcome. Drop in, have poems critiqued, and participate in an ongoing discussion of poetry and poetics.  Sessions are free* and no registration is required.

Ruth Goring, senior manuscript editor in the books division at University of Chicago Press, loves the Rhino Poetry Forum and has been attending for years. For several seasons she also facilitated the Poetry Center of Chicago’s Big Table peer workshop (which she hears is likely to be revived soon, hurray!). She has published one collection, Yellow Doors (WordFarm, 2004), and her poems have also appeared (or will soon) in Comstock Review, CALYX, Raving Dove, The Externalist, protestpoems.org, Alligator Juniper, Chicago Quarterly Review, Verse Wisconsin, and elsewhere. She’s beginning to shop around her second manuscript, a collection of poems set in Colombia, South America, where she grew up.

Topic: Breaking Our Readers’ Hearts
Poems of witness and protest are some of the hardest to write. How do we move beyond ranting to create work (individual poems and whole books) that is textured and evocative while sounding a compelling call to justice and peace? Ruth will condense some of the most helpful pointers and guidelines she gleaned from Martín Espada’s 2009 poetry manuscript class at the annual writers’ workshop of the Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences (UMass Boston). More broadly, she’ll talk about the value of communities of socially conscious poets. If you have recently written a poem protesting war or oppression, bring it for appreciation and critique!

Bring 17 or more copies (no longer than two pages) of work you want critiqued.

*$5 – $10 donation appreciated

This project has been partially supported by a grant from Poets & Writers, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.