Saturday, November 22, 2008




and peer exchange

sponsored by RHINO/the Poetry Forum


Evanston Public Library

Church & Orrington

1:30-4:30 -- Room 108


Past leaders and readers and all poets welcome. Drop in, have poems critiqued, and participate in an ongoing discussion of poetry and poetics. Sessions are free* and no registration is required.


Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

Leader: Alice George

Alice George lives in Evanston, Illinois, and teaches as a visiting poet in area schools and libraries, and as an instructor at the University of Chicago’s Graham School and Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development. She served as an Editor of RHINO for 10 years and is now of the Advisory Board of that award-wining magazine. Her poetry and prose has appeared in such magazines as Diagram, Bellingham Review, Sentence, Phoebe, Denver Quarterly, Another Chicago Magazine, Quarter After Eight, New Orleans Review, American Literary Review, and Spoon River Poetry Review. Her work is anthologized in In Praise of Pedagogy (Calendar Islands Publishers, 2000), Where We Live: Illinois Poets (Great Unpublished, 2004), Saints of Hysteria: A Half-Century of Collaborative American Poetry (Soft Skull Press, 2007),and in the forthcoming Letters to the World: Poems from the Wom-po Listserve (Red Hen Press, 2008) and Mentor & Muse: Essays from Poets to Poets (2008). A seven-time recipient of Ragdale Foundation Fellowships, Alice was awarded an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry in 2005. Her book, This Must Be the Place, (Mayapple Press), is just out, and she'll have it in hand..

Alice's topic: Metaphor as Touchstone/Metaphor as Trick. It's all about the relationship between the poet and metaphor. Says Alice, "Metaphorical thinking--that leap away into difference--is often one of the most thrilling aspects of our craft, and also so often a dead end, or trick, or reduction." There will be examples!


Bring 15 or more copies (no longer than two pages) of work you want critiqued.

*$5 donation appreciated

This event was funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from an anonymous donor.

This project has also been partially supported by grants the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.