Poetry Forum Workshop with Beth McDermott – Sunday, 2-28-16

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Evanston Public Library

ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room

Church & Orrington map


Topic: Ekphrasis: from Homer to Graham. It’s a long-standing tradition that we can trace all the way back to Homer’s description of Achilles’s shield, and yet “ekphrasis” is hard to define.  How do critics define ekphrasis and how do poets accomplish it?  Is ekphrasis always, in James Heffernan’s conception, “the verbal representation of a visual representation”?  Are these two art forms close personal friends, or destined to always miss each other and possibly even fight to the death?

Beth McDermott is the author of How to Leave a Farmhouse, a chapbook published by Porkbelly Press (2015).  She earned her MFA from Purdue University and her PhD from the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Beth’s poetry has been published in journals such as DIAGRAM, Harpur Palate, Terrain.org and Southern Humanities Review. She is an associate editor with RHINO.


Drop in, have poems critiqued, and participate in an ongoing discussion of poetry and poetics. Sessions are free* and no registration is required.

Bring 15 or more copies (2 page limit) of a poem you want critiqued.

This project is partially supported by grants from: Poets & Writers, the Illinois Arts Council and The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

RHINO Reads! with open mic and featured readers Beth McDermott and Rachel Slotnick – Friday, 9-25-15


Rachel Slotnick

Open Mike        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Readers        6:45 pm – 7:30 pm

Brothers K

500 Main St.



Beth McDermott’s chapbook, How to Leave a Farmhouse, was released this month from Porkbelly Press.  Her poems have been published in journals such as DIAGRAMHarpur PalateTerrain.org and Jet Fuel Review, and are forthcoming in So to Speak and Southern Humanities Review.  She received an honorable mention for the 2013 AWP Intro Journals Award and 1st place in the Regional Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest.  She’s currently a Visiting Professor of English at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL, Poetry Editor for Kudzu House Quarterly, and an editorial assistant intern for RHINO.
Originally from Los Altos, California, Rachel Slotnick is an author, muralist, and hybrid artist. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in May 2010.  Her work is on permanent display at the Joan Flasch Artist Book Collection at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  She has recently completed murals for the 35th, 39th, 46th, and 47th wards. Her publications include Mad Hatter’s Review, Thrice Fiction, and The Brooklyn Rail, among others. Rachel was the first place winner of RHINO’s Founder’s Prize, and will be nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2015. Look for her debut book of poetry entitled, “In Lieu of Flowers,” available through Tortoise Books. Rachel currently resides in Chicago where she works as Adjunct Faculty at Chicago City Colleges, the Illinois Art Institute, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.