RHINO Reads! at Bookends & Beginnings
Open Mic Featuring Albert DeGenova and Tyehimba Jess
FEB 24 2017

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Boston, MA-- March 8, 2013 Tyehemba Jess, Poet

Open Mic        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Readers        6:45 pm – 7:45 pm

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



Albert DeGenova is an award-winning poet, musician, publisher and teacher.  He is the author of three books of poetry and three chapbooks.  His newest book from Purple Flag Press is Black Pearl, poems of love, sex and regret. DeGenova is the founder and co-editor of After Hours magazine, a journal of Chicago writing and art, which launched in June of 2000. DeGenova leads several writing workshops throughout the year including an annual writing week at The Clearing Folk School (previously the Norbert Blei Writing Workshop) and also with Write-On Door County.

Tyehimba Jess is the author of Leadbelly (winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series) and Olio. Jess is a Cave Canem and NYU Alumni, and received a 2004 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He was a 2004-2005 Winter Fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and won a 2016 Lannan Literary Award in Poetry. Jess is Poetry and Fiction Editor of African American Review and Associate Professor of English at College of Staten Island. His fiction and poetry have appeared in anthologies such as Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American PoetryBeyond The Frontier: African American Poetry for the Twenty-First Century, Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature and Art, Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam, Power Lines: Ten Years of Poetry from Chicago’s Guild Complex, and Slam: The Art of Performance Poetry. 


RHINO Reads! Open mic and featured readers Albert DeGenova and Shadab Zeest Hashmi 3-28-14



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Open Mike        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Poets        6:45 pm – 7:30 pm

Brothers K

500 Main St.



Albert DeGenova is a poet, editor, teacher, and blues saxophonist.  He is the author of two books of poetryand two chapbooks. Timberline Press will publish his third full-length book, A Good Hammer, in 2014.  In June of 2000 he launched the literary/arts journal After Hours, for which he continues as publisher and editor.  DeGenova received his MFA in Writing from Spalding University, Louisville.


Shadab Zeest Hashmi’s Baker of Tarifa, a book based on the history of interfaith tolerance in Al Andalus (Muslim Spain), won the 2011 San Diego Book Award for poetry. Her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart prize multiple times, translated into Spanish and Urdu, and have appeared in Poetry International, Vallum, Nimrod, The Bitter Oleander, The Cortland Review, The Adirondack Review, Hubbub, RHINO, Journal of Postcolonial Writings, Spillway, and are forthcoming in Prairie SchoonerDrunken Boat and other places. She represents Pakistan on UniVerse: A United Nations of Poetry, and has taught in the MFA program at San Diego State University as a writer-in-residence. She is a guest columnist for 3 Quarks DailyKohl and Chalk is her new book of poems.


RHINO Reads! Open Mic & Featured Poets Judith Valente and Albert DeGenova 10-30-09

Open Mike           6:00 – 6:30

Featured Poets       6:45 – 7:30

Brothers K

500 Main St.

Evanston, IL


Judith Valente is an on air correspondent for national PBS-TV, Chicago Public Radio and NPR.  She is the author of the poetry chapbook,  Inventing an Alphabet, selected by Mary Oliver for the 2004 Aldrich Poetry Prize.  She is the winner of an Illinois Arts Council Poetry Award and the Jo-Anne Hirshfield Poetry Prize.  Valente is co-editor with her husband Charles Reynard, of “Twenty Poems to Nourish Your Soul,” an anthology of poems and reflections on finding the sacred in the everyday.  The book won an Eric Hoffer Book Award citation last year.  Her first full-length collection, Discovering Moons, is just out from Virtual Artists Collective/Chicago.

Albert DeGenova is the author of two collections of poetry, The Blueing Hours and Back Beat (co-authored with Charles Rossiter).  His poetry has appeared widely in journals and anthologies as well. From 1978-1980 he was an editor of the Oyez Review (published by Roosevelt University); in June of 2000 he launched the literary/arts journal After Hours, for which he continues as publisher and editor.  DeGenova is half of the performance poetry duo AvantRetro which appears throughout the Midwest and greater Chicago area. DeGenova received his MFA in Writing from Spalding University, Louisville.  He is a blues saxophonist and one-time contributing editor to Down Beat magazine.