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The Poetry Forum/RHINO Poetry is a non-profit literary organization, primarily devoted to the publication of RHINO Poetry, an annual high-quality print journal featuring well-crafted, diverse poetry, flash fiction, and translations. While remaining committed to our print journal, all poems will be placed online throughout the year.

RHINO Poetry occupies a niche somewhere between academia and the emerging poetry scene – devoted to creative work that tells stories, provokes thought, and pushes the boundaries in form and feeling – while connecting with our readers and audience.

We invite traditional or experimental work reflecting passion, originality, artistic conviction, and a love affair with language.  We encourage emerging and established writers throughout the United States and around the world. Submissions are read by multiple editors with various tastes, all looking for quality work. Sometimes we call ourselves “eclectic” in the best sense of the word. We are proud of the content and variety of each issue we publish.

We foster a community of writers by presenting RHINO Reads! reading series and our Poetry Forum workshop series, awarding three cash prizes to poets each year, and celebrating the accomplishments of our contributors on our homepage, Facebook, and Twitter. We are a proud contributor to the vitality of Illinois’ literary community, both through our Editors’ volunteer work with area literary events and causes, our participation at Chicago-area literary events, and bestowing the  Paladin Award.



Ralph Hamilton

Virginia Bell
Angela Narciso Torres

Jan Bottiglieri
David Jones

Darren Angle
Carol H. Eding
Naoko Fujimoto
Gail Goepfert
Ann Hudson
John McCarthy
Kenyatta Rogers
Jacob Saenz
Carol Sadtler
Nick Tryling

Rochelle Jones

Darren Angle