poet/spoken word artist
Ruelaine Stokes is a writer, teacher, and performance artist based in Lansing, Michigan. She gives poetry readings, lectures, and workshops on poetry, spoken word, and creative writing.
Ruelaine has a remarkable ability to bring poetry to life and to bring people to poetry. She is also a gifted teacher who opens new doors for students in workshops that abound with creativity and laughter.
For many years, she has organized poetry performances, readings, open mic events and workshops within Mid-Michigan. She is currently the president of the Lansing Poetry Club.
Jar of Plenty now available!
“A collection of poetry with the feel of a novel, Ruelaine Stokes’ new book, Jar of Plenty, is part memoir, part family history, part portrait of the artist through time’s turns. Full of vitality and compassion, the book is a generous, fully realized, inspiring collection—candid and searching and deeply affecting.”
— Lee Upton
Author of Visitations: Stories and
Bottle the Bottles the Bottles the Bottles: Poems
More love for Jar of Plenty…
Magic infuses these poems, the imagery bringing the scenes to vivid life in the reader’s mind and placing the reader square into the action. What a gift, this collection, this organizer, this teacher, this poet.
Assistant Director, RCAH Center for Poetry
Michigan State University
Spiritual, intense and deeply touching, Jar of Plenty has a special spot on my bookshelf for, as artist and poet, Ruelaine herself embodies Apollinaire’s declaration of the role of the poet in society: “And so they came/And she pushed them/And they flew.”
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Ruelaine Stokes now turns her childhood silence into poetry of great sorrow and grace and joy. Jar of Plenty gives us a poet who has found her voice.
Founder of A Rally of Writers and emeritus professor of English
Lansing Community College