40 Readings in 40 Cities | Happy Birthday, RHINO! | #RHINO40readings40cities

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Join us in celebrating our 40th year in 2016-2017

by participating in our #RHINO40readings40cities initiative!


Who can participate?

Anyone can be a host and anyone can be a reader. Hosts and readers can be RHINO poets from one of our past 40 issues, or simply a fan of the journal. If you’re new to RHINO, we welcome you to the herd!


 Where can the readings take place?

Anywhere you want to host – your local independent bookstore, library or community center, favorite coffee shop, and your own living room are all perfectly wonderful.


Yes, but what happens exactly?

If you’d like to host a reading this year, we’ll connect you with possible readers in your area, send you a swag box, and help with publicity. We will also provide you with online materials including tips for a successful RHINO reading, a sign-up sheet for those who want more information about RHINO, and print/web versions of our logo.

After the reading, we’ll post your photos on our Facebook and Twitter feeds. We’ll even post your write-up and photos on the Big Horn Blog.


What’s in the swag box?

  • 3-5 assorted issues of RHINOs for you to sell or give away
  • our famous poem bookmarks
  • #poetrychangeseverything buttons
  • a rhino t-shirt in your size
  • a rhino cookie cutter and our rhino cookie recipe


I’m interested! Who should I contact? 
Tim McLaughlin is our 40 Readings in 40 Cities coordinator; email him at tmclaughlin582@gmail.com.

Include your name, how you are affiliated with RHINO, where you live, and the date(s) you have in mind.

And remember to follow us @rhinopoetry and on Facebook.

We look forward to hearing from you! The sooner you have an inkling you’d like to do this, drop us a line!


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May 7, 6:30pm | RHINO at Evanston Lit Fest!


Join us at the Evanston Literary Festival this Saturday, May 7 from 6:30-8 pm! Readings from RHINO 2016 poets Pam Miller, Max Barry, Jim Warner, and Ann Hudson, as well as RHINO editors Ralph Hamilton, Kenyatta Rogers, Jacob Saenz, and Angela Narciso Torres.

Sidetracked Studio, 707 Chicago Ave., Evanston


April 30, 2016 RHINO at Chicago Poetry Fest


Join us Saturday, April 30, 2016 @ the Chicago Poetry Fest!

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Harold Washington Library Center

400 S. State Street, Chicago | Get Directions

Meet editors and pick up some RHINO swag, including our famous book marks, “Poetry Changes Everything” t-shirts, and of course, RHINO the journal.

The new issue will be hot off our press, and we’ll have back issues for only $6.

This all-day event will include workshops, performances, readings, and exhibitors.

April 30, 2016 — RHINO at The Bookstall Celebration of National Independent Bookstores Day

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We’re so pleased to celebrate National Independent Bookstores Day at The Book Stall.  From their website: “Please join us for a day of prizes and surprises including give-aways, author conversations, snacks and games….in short something for readers of all ages.”


811 Elm Street, Winnetka, IL

3-4:00 RHINO Booth

RHINO Writes! Poems To Go. Three RHINO editors will be on hand to write poems on demand for a small donation of $5! Also, pick up your fresh copy of RHINO 2016, along with free RHINO swag, buttons, and bookmarks. Learn more about our ongoing events join our email list.


4:00-4:30  Reading from RHINO 2016 contributors and RHINO editors
RHINO Reads! Book Stall

J. Max Barry is an Evanston native currently working, writing, and folding origami in Chicago. A poem of his was included in the anthology, A Writers’ Congress: Chicago Poets on Barack Obama’s Inauguration. He has recently written a critical analysis of hand imagery in Emily Dickinson’s poems.


Virginia Bell is the author of From the Belly (Sibling Rivalry Press 2012).  Her poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and have appeared in Fifth Wednesday, Rogue Agent, Gargoyle, Cider Press ReviewSpoon River Poetry ReviewPoet Lore, and other journals and anthologies.  She was a finalist for the 2016 Lamar York Prize in Creative Nonfiction and she is a Senior Editor with Rhino Poetry, an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago and DePaul University, and the recipient of a Ragdale Foundation residency. 


Gail Goepfert – Gail Goepfert is a poet, amateur photographer, and teacher.  Currently, she is an associate editor of RHINO Poetry and teaches online English courses for Rasmussen College.  Her first chapbook, A Mind on Pain, was released by Finishing Line Press in early in 2015.   Twice she’s received Pushcart nominations.  Recent publications include Blue Lyra, Crab Orchard and Jet Fuel Reviews, Florida English, Examined Life Journal, and Room Magazine.  Her photographs appear online at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Olentangy Review, 3Elements Review and on the cover of February 2015 Rattle.  She lives, writes, and snaps photos in the Chicagoland area.  


Ann Hudson‘s first book, The Armillary Sphere, was chosen by Mary Kinzie for the Hollis Summers Prize and was published by Ohio University Press. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Chautauqua, Cider Press Review, Crab Orchard Review, North American Review, Orion, Rhino, Spoon River Poetry Review, Seattle Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Evanston, and teaches at Chiaravalle Montessori School.


Dipika Mukherjee’s poetry publications include “The Third Glass of Wine” (Kolkata: Writer’s Workshop, 2015) and “The Palimpsest of Exile” (Edmonton: Rubicon Press, 2009). Her work appears in publications around the world including Asia Literary Review, World Literature Today, Rhino, Chicago Quarterly Review, Postcolonial Text and South Asian Review. She has won multiple awards for her fiction, including the Virginia Prize for Fiction for her second novel “Shambala Junction” (UK, 2016), The Gayatri GaMarsh Award for Literary Excellence (USA, 2015), and the Platform Flash Fiction Prize (India, 2009).  She is Contributing Editor for Chicago Quarterly Review and Jaggery and curates an Asian/American Reading Series in Chicago.


Angela Narciso Torres’s first book, Blood Orange, won the Willow Books Literature Award for Poetry. Recent work appears or is forthcoming in Kyoto Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Colorado Review, and Drunken Boat. A graduate of Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Angela has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Illinois Arts Council, and Ragdale Foundation. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Manila, she serves as a senior poetry editor for RHINO, a publicity coordinator for Woman Made Gallery Literary Events, and a reader for New England Review.

RHINO Celebrates 40 Years | Haki Madhubuti Receives 2016 Paladin Award

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Susanna Lang reads a poem by Helen Degen Cohen.

Susanna Lang reads a poem by Helen Degen Cohen.


Tina Boyer Brown

Tina Boyer Brown


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Aricka Foreman

Teresa Dzieglewicz

Teresa Dzieglewicz


Katie Hartsock

Katie Hartsock

Ann Hudson

Ann Hudson

Sarah Jefferis

Sarah Jefferis

Sarah Kim

Sarah Kim

Simon Mermelstein

Simon Mermelstein

Pamela Miller

Pamela Miller


Dipika Mukherjee

Dipika Mukherjee


Mike Puican

Mike Puican


Kenyatta Rogers presents Haki Madhubuti with the 2016 Paladin Award “for outstanding contributions to poetry in Illinois.”


Beth McDermott reads “For the Consideration of Poets” from Haki Madhubuti’s book Run Toward Fear.


(from left) Valerie Wallace, Carol Eding, Virginia Bell, Jacob Saenz, Haki Madhubuti, Rochelle Jones, Jan Bottiglieri, David Jones, Deborah Rosen, Angela Narciso Torres, Ralph Hamilton, Gail Goepfert, Kenyatta Rogers, Lisa Croneberg, Beth McDermott.


Photos by Marc Monaghan.

Check our Facebook Album RHINO 2016 Release Party for more photos!

Haki Madhubuti to receive RHINO’s Paladin Award – April 17, 2016

The editors of RHINO will present poet, publisher, teacher, writer, and advocate Haki Madhubuti with the 2016 Paladin Award on April 17, 2016.

The award is for “outstanding contribution to Illinois poetry” and will be presented at the 2016 RHINO issue release party, at the home of Editor-in-chief Ralph Hamilton, 630 S. Clinton Avenue in Evanston. The event will begin at 2pm.


photo by Zbigniew Bzdak, Chicago Tribune.

For more about Haki Madhubuti:

“Poet Haki Madhubuti a Chicago Literary Force” – Rick Kogan, Chicago Tribune

Haki Madhubuti on the Poetry Foundation website


More information about the RHINO 2016 Release Party can be found here.




April 17, 2016 RHINO 2016 Release Party in Chicagoland


Help us celebrate the release of RHINO 2016!



2 – 4:00 PM

at the home of Ralph Hamilton:

      630 Clinton Place, Evanston, IL


Featuring these local poets from RHINO 2016

Tina Boyer Brown

Teresa Dzieglewicz

Aricka Foreman

Katie Hartsock

Ann Hudson

Sarah Jefferis

Sarah Kim

Simon Mermelstein

Pam Miller

Dipika Mukherjee

Mike Puican

plus more RHINO poets at the open mike!*

We will award poet, publisher, writer, teacher, and activist Haki Madhubuti the 2016 Paladin Award for outstanding service to Illinois poetry.

RHINO 2016 & other delicious publications and accoutrements

will be available for purchase & perusal.


*Poets who have appeared in RHINO and one poem limit, please!

Sign-up sheet will be at the door.

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RHINO at #AWP16 Issue Launch Reading & Open Mic 3/31 featuring JoAnn Balingit, Aricka Foreman, Tim Hillegonds, Safia Jama, Sarah Katz, Kyle McCord, Justin Phillip Reed, and Cintia Santana


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Los Angeles, CA – March 30 – April 2, 2016

Associated Writers and Writing Programs Conference (AWP)
RHINO’s Bookfair table number is 1264 – Come celebrate our 40th year!
New t-shirts, our famous bookmarks and pins, and discounts galore!
Follow us @rhinopoetry w #poetrychangeseverything for discounts & prizes!

Hygge-Bakery-Exterior-460x640RHINO 2016 Issue Launch Party – Poetry Reading and Open Mic*

5-7 pm, Thursday, March 31 |Hygge Bakery Downtown Los Angeles

1106 S. Hope Street

Join us for a reading and open mic* celebrating 40 years of RHINO and kicking off our “40 Readings in 40 Cities” initiative! A perfect opportunity to grab a snack or light meal and hear some amazing poetry before heading out for evening events.

Featured Readers:

JoAnn Balingit

Aricka Foreman

Tim Hillegonds

Safia Jama

Sarah Katz

Kyle McCord

Justin Phillip Reed

Cintia Santana

Hygge features a fantastic array of authentic European pastries, sandwiches, and Lavazza coffee and is just a 7-minute walk from the Convention Center.

*All current or former RHINO poets are invited to read a poem at the open mic (spots will be limited, so we’ll take sign-ups at our Bookfair table 1264.)

Meet RHINO editors and poets, purchase a copy of our new issue, and have a piece of birthday cake with us!

In addition to their RHINO duties, our editors can be found at the following #AWP16 events:

Kenyatta Rogers: Friday, April 1, 2016 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm  ||  F217. Room 501, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level

Angela Narciso Torres:  Thursday, March 31 10:30am – 11:45am || R134   Location: Gold Salon 3, JW Marriott LA, 1st Floor

Creating Opportunities for Writers of Color: A Continued Urgency

Valerie Wallace: Friday April 1st. 4:00 pm || The Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St., Los Angeles

POOL, SMC MFA, AND WAVE BOOKS READING  Featuring: Featuring: Molly Bendall, Candace Eros Díaz, Brenda Hillman, Tyehimba Jess, Valerie Wallace, Juan Alvarado Valdivia, and Matthew Zapruder



RHINO at #AWP16 Bookfair | Los Angeles Issue Launch March 31, 2016


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Los Angeles, CA | March 30 – April 2, 2016
Associated Writers and Writing Programs Conference (AWP)
The AWP Conference & Bookfair is an essential annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers. Each year more than 12,000 attendees join our community for four days of insightful dialogue, networking, and unrivaled access to the organizations and opinion-makers that matter most in contemporary literature. The 2015 conference featured over 2,000 presenters and 550 readings, panels, and craft lectures. The bookfair hosted over 800 presses, journals, and literary organizations from around the world. AWP’s is now the largest literary conference in North America. Join us in Los Angeles in 2016 to celebrate the best of what contemporary literature has to offer.”

RHINO’s Bookfair table number is 1264

Come celebrate our 40th year! New t-shirts, our famous bookmarks and pins, and discounts galore!

RHINO 2016 Issue Launch Party

5pm – 7pm March 31


Hygge Bakery Downtown Los Angeles

1106 S. Hope Street

List of readers coming soon!


RHINO at First Night Evanston: 9pm 12-31-15 with J. Max Barry, Virginia Bell, Tina Boyer Brown, Greg Grummer, Ralph Hamilton, Anthony Madrid, Pam Miller, Pablo Otavalo, Jacob Saenz

We’re delighted to join the fabulous entertainment, venues, and revelry
Bring in the new year with RHINO poets & readers at 9pm, December 31, 2015
First Presbyterian Church
1427 Chicago Avenue – Walker Chapel
Featured readers

J. Max Barry

Virginia Bell

Tina Boyer Brown

Greg Grummer

Ralph Hamilton

Anthony Madrid

Pam Miller

Pablo Otavalo

Jacob Saenz