RHINO at Chicago Book Expo 11-21-15 Meet the editors, pick up swag, and special reading @ 4pm with Kyle Churney, Joe Eldridge, Chris Green, Katie Hartsock, Ladan Osman, Pablo Otavalo, Kenyatta Rogers, Jacob Saenz, Angela Narciso Torres, Donna Vorreyer, Valerie Wallace, Rachel Webster, Keith Wilson


Join us Saturday, November 21, 2015

Chicago Book Expo

Columbia College Chicago, 1104 E Wabash Avenue

11- 4: Stop by our table to pick up one of our beautiful annual journals, famous bookmarks, poetry t-shirts, and more! 
4-5:30: We’re staging a 40th anniversary reading with poets from past issues!
Emceed by editors Kenyatta Rogers and Jacob Saenz
Kyle Churney
Joe Eldridge
Chris Green
Katie Hartsock
Ladan Osman
Pablo Otavalo
Kenyatta Rogers
Jacob Saenz
Angela Narciso Torres
Donna Vorreyer
Valerie Wallace
Rachel Webster
Keith Wilson

Save the date!

#chibook15 #rhinopoetry

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).  



“How can the world be so / like a spine” – Magnetic Poem and ExquisiteCorpse from Printers Row Lit Fest 2015

We had such great time at Printers Row this year! Our magnetic poetry board was a hit and so was our exquisite corpse, rendered for eternity below!




I’ve made everything ready for the poetry apocalypse,

and I’m wearing black leather shoes.


Five book bags, ten hats. So I can tell the story

of whomever I choose.


So much to carry, each with its own epistle of homage;

so much to fear with shadows tall


as the skyline. How can the world be so

like a spine? Stand tall and be


proud of who you are.

The bouncer named Rome has returned to his hometown


of Akron

where the girls don’t need to tuck it in. Where that’s a sin.


But where untucking might unleash even more

when consequences are in store. I knew the baby would be cold,


but we needed to go.

So I left him and bought a one-way


ticket to Barcelona. The sky

tasted like almonds. And everywhere I went,


the moment seemed to follow. As I wrote,

the sun passed, leaving only my shadow


and a breeze of words I could never write down,

on my tongue, swallowed.


Things I’ve always wanted to feel and record onto a page.

We do not really need pictures


to tell a story; words are masterful. Glide me a drink,

I said, seeking, if nothing else,


simple refreshment. But sometimes images can bolster

the poetry: story luck, storyland.


You can’t judge a rhino by its horns; there’s more

to evolution than protrusions in threes.


But the Rhino had friends on the way; they’d soon arrive

and take everyone


to Botswana, Barcelona, Berlin. Ineffable as a chalk drawing,

whose concepts weep


at the onset of rain. And the White Sox lost

6-4 after leading 4-0. Turns out


the secret to evolution is things in fours. You see me

as your easy beast,


feeling sad and unhappy as you hope me to be. But control

this piece of meat and use her for your


fleshy feast. I may not be your typical

model size, but God said I’m


his prize. Pardon me if I’m not sociable to your feet;

I’ll keep being me

Check out more of our Printers Row #PRLF15 photos here – and see you next year!

RHINO at Printers Row 2015 June 6-7, 2015


11149409_819379394777428_8735241643571268710_nJune 6-7, 2015

Back issues only $6!
RHINO 2015 hot off the press!

We’d love to see you!

Contribute to an exquisite corpse

Write a magnetic poem

Pick up a free #MakeEverytingHappen or #MakeNothingHappen button
and one of our famous RHINO poetry bookmarks!

Follow us on @rhinopoetry and for giveaways and deals throughout the day!

We will be at table 241, across from the space where we were at last year, on Dearborn Street, near Printers Row Park and the Kids Stage.

Printers Row Lit Fest Website


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


Helen Degen Cohen and Deborah Nodler Rosen presented with RHINO’s Paladin Award

The Paladin Award

“For extraordinary long-term contribution to poetry in Illinois”

Given by the Editors of RHINO

The 2015 Paladin Award was presented on April 19, 2015 to a surprised Helen Degen Cohen and Deborah Nodler Rosen on April 19, 2015.
We were proud to recognized our own Helen and Debby, for their contributions as Founding Editors of RHINO, the Poetry Forum; poetry activists; poets.
Read more about Helen and Debby here.

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RHINO AWP15 photos are here!

bfar2We loved meeting our poets at Table 1529 — and just chillin’ Mill City style with our fellow editors, writers, and other literary animals.
bfair2015We celebrated the release of our 2015 issue at AWP with a reading featuring ten poets from the issue, and an open mic featuring some of our editors and past contributors. Thank you to our amazing 2015 lineup: Julie Bouwsma, Sara Henning, Amorak Huey, Dawn Lonsinger, Cintia Santana, Brian Simoneau, Rachel Slotnick, Paul Tran, and Keith Wilson. Special thanks to editor Jan Bottiglieri for arranging this incredible reading and being an emcee-extraordinaire!

RHINO poets at WHY THERE ARE WORDS – Sausalito, CA July 10, 2014

July 10 collage
RHINO is a feature in the popular WHY THERE ARE WORDS Literary Reading Series in Sausalito, CA on July 10, 2014!
Thank you, Peg Alford Pursell, founder and curator of this reading series.
Doors open at 7pm; readings begin at 7:15.
1. Kevin Simmonds – RHINO 2012
2. Karen Llagas – RHINO 2012
3. Cintia Santana – RHINO 2014
4. Julia Levine – RHINO 2014
5. Roy Mash – RHINO 2009
6. Daniel Suarez – RHINO 2012
7. Angela Narciso Torres – Senior Editor of RHINO
Why There Are Words, curated by founder Peg Alford Pursell www.pegalfordpursell.com, draws a full house of Bay Area residents every second Thursday of the month. Studio 333 is located at 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito, CA 94965. Phone Studio 333 at 415-331-8272.



Follow us on @rhinopoetry for giveaways and sales throughout Printers Row Lit Fest – June 7 & 8, 2014



June 7-8, 2014

We’d love to see you!

Contribute to an exquisite corpse!

Write a magnetic poem!

All back issues only $6!
RHINO 2014 only $14!

Pick up a free #choosebeauty pin and famous RHINO poetry bookmark!

Follow us on @rhinopoetry and #choosebeauty for giveaways throughout the day!

We will be at table 122, the same table we were at last year, on Dearborn Street, near Printers Row Park and the Kids Stage.

Printers Row Lit Fest Website

Photos from RHINO at Printers Row 2013



Contribute to the RHINO exquisite corpse! and more at Printers Row Festival June 7-8, 2014


June 7-8, 2014

Stop by our table by for one of our famous poem bookmarks, #choosebeauty rhino pins,  RHINO handstamps, and more! – plus

Contribute to our #PrintersRow #exquisitecorpse and enter to  win a RHINO tshirt!

We’ll be selling all our issues at a special PrintersRow discount:
Back issues only $6!
RHINO 2014 only $14!

We’d love to see you!