Mayor to honor Evanston-based poetry journal, arts advocate
Updated: April 1, 2013 6:17AM
EVANSTON — An award-winning poetry journal with a 37-year tradition of excellence is this year’s recipient of the 2012 Mayor’s Award for the Arts.
RHINO Poetry, the Evanston-based and internationally known, journal and literary website, will be honored at the Evanston Chamber of Commerce/State of the City luncheon on Friday, set for March 8.
The Mayor’s Award for the Arts is presented annually to an Evanston arts organization and an individual for contributions to the community through excellence in the arts. Recipients are selected from nominations submitted by the public.
RHINO acts as a poetry hub, serving and nurturing emerging and established writers and their readers. NewPages recently called RHINO, “one of the best annual collections of poetry you can find.” An all-volunteer organization, RHINO hosts free monthly workshops at the Evanston Public Library, a poetry reading series at the Brothers K Coffee House in south Evanston and a host of other events. Visit www.rhinopoetry.org for more information.
In the individual category, Evanston resident and longtime arts advocate Penny Rotheiser will be recognized at the March 8 ceremony for her commitment to and work for the Evanston arts community. Rotheiser has been an Evanston resident and arts advocate since 1998. Rotheiser served two terms on the Evanston Arts Council. Her most significant contribution was restructuring the Arts and Business Committee, where she helped create Backstage Evanston, Art Under Glass, the evanstonartsbuzz.com website, the Arts Leadership Award and the Cultural Arts in Evanston brochure.
The Mayor’s State of the City Address and Awards for the Arts Luncheon is sponsored by the Evanston Chamber of Commerce and NorthShore University HealthSystem. This year’s event takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 8 at the Hilton Orrington, 1710 Orrington Ave., Evanston. For ticket information, call 847-328-1500, ext. 22.