Guild Complex interviews RHINO Editor Ralph Hamilton for their first “Guild-cast”



The Guild Complex launched their new podcast series today with a first episode featuring a conversation with RHINO editor Ralph Hamilton!

For nearly 25 years, the Guild Literary Complex has been a community- based literary organization presenting and supporting diverse, divergent, and emerging voices through innovative programs including performances and readings. 

Ralph talks frank talk with Guild’s Debbie Carlson about RHINO’s selection process, the Chicago poetry scene, who he’s reading now, and what isn’t being written about.

in which we mention astonishment – Lit Bridge interviews RHINO

Lit Bridge is an online “space dedicated to the professionalization of contemporary writers. Each element of the site looks to aid poets, fiction writers, and essayists at every stage of their careers”.

Lit Bridge recently interviewed RHINO about what we look for, our niche in publishing, our aesthetic, and other inside the studio stuff. Read the full interview here and check out all their resources for writers!


What makes RHINO a unique part of the publishing community?

We’re independent and all-volunteer, since 1978. Our metier is excellence in original poetry, translations of poetry, and flash fiction (under 750 words).  We’re still a print-only journal, beautifully bound and designed.  Each annual showcases about 110 poems, culled from about 10,000 submissions. And our editors are working poets; we meet at least twice a month, so the annual journal we produce is composed in a very collaborative manner.

Though we exist primarily to publish our journal, we also support our community, contributors, and readers with 2 monthly reading and workshop series . . . . click here to go to the full interview

What sort of qualities do you look for in a manuscript or piece of work that you are considering for publication?

We look to be delighted and/or profoundly moved by a submission. We love to be surprised — astonished, even – and to learn something new that writing can do.

Do you have a specific aesthetic preference? How would you describe that aesthetic?

We’re really just looking for the best poetry, regardless of style or provenance.  We’re proud that each year we publish pieces by well-known poets alongside emerging poets and those from countries outside the United States. Page through any RHINO and you’ll find work in the realms of traditional, experimental, formal, narrative, lyric, anti-lyric, collaborative, witness, translations, and more.

We also rely on the auditory experience of the poem.  Each poem in the journal was first read aloud at an editorial meeting. Poems which can be felt from the page and through the ear serve our pleasure, and, we hope, of our readers.

Click here to go to the full interview.

One month left to submit for RHINO 2012!

Our reading period is April 1 – October 1.

Our diverse group of editors looks for the very best in contemporary writing, and we have created a dynamic process of soliciting and reading new work by local, national, and international writers. We look for idiosyncratic, rigorous, lively, passionate, and funny work.

Our basic editorial principle, however, is unwavering—we’re looking to publish the best work we can find.

We consider:

  1. Poetry (up to 5 poems)
  2. Translations of poetry
  3. Short-short fiction (also called “flash fiction) (1,000 words or less)