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, beginning with the 2014 issue, all poems will be placed online throughout the year. We also feature audio versions of our poems.

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.  For a list of contributors between 2001-2015, click here.

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 blog, 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.

Awards and Recognitions

In 2014 for work published in our 2013 issue: Jeffrey Allen for Johnny, Kyle Churney for Desert GhazalVirginia Konchan for  Zsa Zsa Gabor Learns to Read

In 2008, for work published in RHINO 2007 – Geoffrey Forsyth, “Coins”
In 2006, for work published in RHINO 2005 – Valerie Wallace, “Jezebel Remembering”
In 2003, for work published in RHINO 2002 – David Bond, “Head” and Susan Dickman, “Skin”
In 2002, for work published in RHINO 2001 – Gail Lukasik, “In country” and Maureen Seaton, “Toy Weather”
In 2001, for work published in RHINO 2000 – S. L. Wisenberg, “Rose in Her Backyard”
In 2000, for work published in RHINO 1999 – Lucia Getsi, “Austria One” and Bob Zordani, “The Werewolf’s Daughters”


We are extremely grateful to the Illinois Arts Council, a State Agency, the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, and Poets & Writers, Inc. for their support.

Collaborations & Swag

  • Art+Poetry Chicago is a collaboration between The Site of Big Shoulders and RHINO Poetry.  The Art+Poetry Chicago contest solicited submissions from Chicago artists based on twelve poems from the pages of RHINO Poetry. The poems and art were featured at an October 23, 2010 event and are available to view here.