About Ruelaine Stokes

Poet and Spoken Word Artist Ruelaine Stokes

Poet and Spoken Word Artist Ruelaine Stokes

For many years, Ruelaine has been a major force on the Lansing arts scene as a poet, spoken word artist, teacher, and the coordinator of the popular Old Town Poetry Series.

Ruelaine gives readings and teaches workshops on poetry, creative writing and the art of spoken word. Her voice is wonderfully expressive and captures the dynamics, nuances of pacing and emotional color that bring a poem to life.

Ruelaine’s workshops include Finding Your Voice, Poetry as a Healing Art and Creative Writing Strategies and Games. (For more information, see Readings/Workshops.)

In addition to her experience as a performer and writer, Ruelaine has degrees in English literature from Stanford University and Michigan State University, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Professionally, she has worked for 30 years teaching English as a Second Language—at Michigan State University and Lansing Community College. She has also taught classes in English literature, Poetry, Women’s History and Writing.