RHINO Reads! Open Mic & Featured Poets: Jessica Walsh & Nina Li Coomes FRIDAY 2/23

FRIDAY, 2/23
6 PM – 7:45 PM

 

JESSICA L. WALSH is the author of How to Break My Neck as well as two chapbooks, The Division of Standards and Knocked Around. Her poems have recently appeared in Tinderbox, Midwestern Gothic, White Stag, and more. She is a professor of English at Harper College in Palatine.

 

NINA LI COOMES is a Japanese and American writer, performer, producer and artist. She was born in Nagoya, raised in Chicago, and currently resides in Boston, MA. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in EATER, Catapult, The Collapsar, RHINO, and The Margins, among other places. Her debut chapbook haircut poems was published by Dancing Girl Press in 2017. You can find more of her work at www.ninalicoomes.com

 

 

February 19, 2018 |

Illinois Emerging Writers Competition Winners

The Awards Ceremony for the Illinois Emerging Writers Competition took place last Wednesday with the Secretary of State and Kevin Stein.  

 

The three finalists were:

 

1st – Anita Olivia Koester of Chicago for her poem Avowal

2nd – Faisal Moyhuddin of Chicago for his poem Ella Fitzgerald, Entering Chicago by Train, Remembers Her Mother’s Voice

3rd – Bryce Berkowitz of Carbondale for his poem Explain Yourself

 

 

The direct link to the competition’s webpage is http://cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/center_for_the_book/emerging-writers.html

 

RHINO is honored to participate along with Ninth Letter, Quiddity, and Poetic License Press.

December 14, 2017 |

RHINO Poetry Forum: Workshop with David Welch | SUNDAY 11-26-17

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WORKSHOP YOUR POETRY WITH POET DAVID WELCH

Evanston Public Library

ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

Church & Orrington

November 26, 1:30-4:30pm

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC


David Welch
is the author of a chapbook, 
It Is Such a Good Thing to Be In Love with You, and teaches at DePaul University where he is Assistant Director of Literary Programs & Outreach. Recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in journals including Cincinnati ReviewGreensboro Review, and RHINO.

 

Fairy tales, like poems, are at least as much about their forms as they are the definition of their genre. We’ll consider this idea for the afternoon, specifically how poems utilize two of what Kate Berheimer refers to as “the four elements of traditional fairy tales: flatness, abstraction, intuitive logic, and formalized magic.” How exactly can poets use flatness and abstraction to fashion engaging images? How do our poems intuitively move? How does one “formalize magic,” anyway? Beginning with an overview of Bernheimer’s definitions, we’ll then use them to explore several contemporary poems as well as our own.

 

Read more about RHINO’s Poetry Forum Workshops.

 

RHINO Reads! at Bookends & Beginnings
Open Mic Featuring John Amen, Joshua Corey, and Mary Jo Thompson
OCT 27, 2017

RHINO Reads October 2017
Featured Readers 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Open Mic 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Bookends & Beginnings, LLC
1712 Sherman Ave, Alley #1
Evanston, IL 60201

This event is free and open to the public!

JOHN AMEN is the author of several collections of poetry, including strange theater (New York Quarterly Books, 2015), a finalist for the 2016 Brockman-Campbell Award and work from which was chosen as a finalist for the 2016 Dana Award. His latest collection, Illusion of an Overwhelm, was released by New York Quarterly Books in April 2017. His poetry, fiction, reviews, and essays have appeared in journals nationally and internationally, and his poetry has been translated into Spanish, French, Hungarian, Korean, and Hebrew. He is a Staff Reviewer for No Depression. He founded and continues to edit The Pedestal Magazine.

 

JOSHUA COREY is a poet, novelist, and translator. His most recent poetry collection is The Barons (Omnidawn Publishing, 2014); with Jean-Luc Garneau he translated Francis Ponge’s first collection of prose poems as Partisan of Things (Kenning Editions, 2016). A collection of critical prose, The Transcendental Circuit: Otherworlds of Poetry, is forthcoming in 2018 from MadHat Press; his next book of poetry, Hannah and the Master, will be published in 2019 by Ahsahta Press. He lives in Evanston with his wife and daughter and teaches English at Lake Forest College.

 

MARY JO THOMPSON is the author of Stunt Heart, selected by Henri Cole for the 2016 Backwaters Poetry Prize. Her work has been anthologized in Best American Poetry and Another and Another from Bull City Press and has appeared in literary journals including RHINO, Field, Beloit Poetry Journal, Prairie Schooner, Missouri Review, and Indiana Review. She lives on Nicollet Island in Minneapolis. Thompson holds an MFA in creative writing from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

 

RHINO Poetry Forum: Workshop with Philip Schaefer | SUNDAY 10-22-17

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COME AND SHOW US YOUR NEW WORK!

Evanston Public Library

ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

Church & Orrington

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1:30-4:30

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Philip Schaefer’s debut collection of poems Bad Summon (University of Utah Press, 2017) won the Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize, and he’s the author of three chapbooks, two co-written with friend and poet Jeff Whitney. He won the 2016 MeridianEditor’s Prize in poetry and has work out or due out in Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Thrush Poetry Journal, Guernica, The Cincinnati Review, Salt Hill, Bat City Review, The Adroit Journal, Baltimore Review, diode, and Passages North among others. He tends bar in Missoula, MT.

Poetry as Portal: Most of us have several personalities, whether they’re dormant forever or appear unexpectedly at a second cousin’s wedding. The page can be the perfect place to exit one world and crawl into another, or better yet, to claw up the other versions of ourselves we never knew were hiding out. From discussing work by Denis Johnson and David Lynch to assessing the poetic techniques which allow for such hypnosis, we will attempt to conjure that which surprises and terrifies the most — the uswe’ve never been shown. 

RHINO Reads! at Bookends & Beginnings
Open Mic Featuring Faisal Mohyuddin and Leila Chatti
SEPT 29, 2017

Faisal and Leila

Featured Readers        6:45 pm – 8:00 pm

Open Mic        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Bookends & Beginnings, LLC
1712 Sherman Ave, Alley #1
Evanston, IL 60201

This event is free and open to the public!

 

FAISAL MOHYUDDIN is the author of The Displaced Children of Displaced Children (Eyewear Publishing, 2018), selected by Kimiko Hahn as the winner of the 2017 Sexton Prize, and the chapbook The Riddle of Longing (Backbone Press, 2017). His work has appeared in RHINOPrairie SchoonerNarrative, Chicago Quarterly Review, Poet Lore, Crab Orchard Review, and elsewhere. An alumnus of the U.S. Department of State’s Teachers for Global Classrooms program and an educator adviser to Narrative 4, Faisal teaches English at Highland Park High School in Illinois and lives with his wife and son in Chicago.

 

LEILA CHATTI is a Tunisian-American poet and author of the chapbooks Ebb (New-Generation African Poets, forthcoming 2018) and Tunsiya/Amrikiya, the 2017 Editors’ Selection from Bull City Press (forthcoming 2018). She is the recipient of fellowships and awards from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Tin House Writers’ Workshop, Dickinson House, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, where she is the 2017-2018 Ron Wallace Poetry Fellow. Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Tin House, The Georgia Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, New England Review, Narrative, The Rumpus, and elsewhere.

 

Congrats to Conor Bracken!

Congratulations to contributor Conor Bracken, whose chapbook “Henry Kissinger, Mon Amour” was just selected by Dianne Seuss as the winner of the 2017 Frost Place Chapbook Competition. The reputable Bull City Press is set to release this gem on September 5th, so be on the lookout, dear readers. In the meantime, get your hands on our 2016 issue and read Conor’s “Anti-Elegy During Discovery Channel’s Shark Week.”

August 31, 2017 |

RHINO Poetry Forum: Workshop with Chris Green | SUNDAY 09-24-17

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COME AND SHOW US YOUR NEW WORK!

Evanston Public Library

ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

Church & Orrington

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1:30-4:30

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Chris Green is the author of The Sky Over Walgreens, Epiphany School, and Résumé. His poetry has appeared in such publications as PoetryThe New York TimesNew Letters, and Nimrod. He’s edited four anthologies, including I Remember: Chicago Veterans of War. He teaches in the English Department at DePaul University. More information can be found at www.chrisgreenpoetry.com.

Poetry & the Work of Seeing: The best descriptions describe consciousness, the mind playing over the world of matter, finding something various and complex enough to reflect back the complexities of the self that’s doing the looking. We will cover poetic techniques that allow us to capture the unsayability of what being is.

August 30, 2017 |

No Forum in August

Dear Forum Fans,

Our monthly episode at the Evanston Library will be on hiatus this month. Fear not! We’ll resume our forums on September 24th, with Chris Green at the helm. More details forthcoming–stay tuned and have a great August.

 

 

August 7, 2017 |