Events

Dec. 12, 2021, “Open Mic Fundraiser for Loaves & Fishes”—An online poetry reading featuring “Voices of the Revolution” (Kim Griffin, Susan Harris, Laurie Hollinger, Tari Muniz, Rina Risper, Lisa Sarno, Anita Skeen, and Ruelaine Stokes), plus Open Mic.

Dec. 10, 2021, “The Ten Pound Fiddle Holiday Sing,” featuring singer & songleader, Sally Potter, musicians Doug Austin and Doug Berch, and poet Ruelaine Stokes. University United Methodist Church, 1120 S. Harrison Rd., East Lansing, MI.

Sept. 26, 2021, “Singing in the Dark Times: A Poetry Fundraiser for the Refugee Development Center”—An afternoon of poetry and music featuring pianist Judy Kabodian, singer Sally Potter, and poets Aram Kabodian, Marianne Forman, Ezatullah Shamszai, and Tamoha Siddiqui. The program also included “The Footsteps of Water,” a video recording of a poem by the great Persian poet, Sohrab Sepehri, recorded by local poets Marzieh Ghiasi, Ruelaine Stokes, and musician Doug Berch; an update on the current refugee situation by Mariah Shafer; and “Refuge Lansing,” a photo exhibit featuring stories of refugees in the Lansing Area. At University United Methodist Church, 1120 S. Harrison Rd., East Lansing, MI.

May 16 & 23, 2021, “Wonder, Wit & Wisdom: The Poetry of Lee Upton”—A two-part online workshop featuring poet/novelist Lee Upton and facilitated by Cheryl Caesar & Ruelaine Stokes.

April 28, 2021, “Words Across the Water”—An online poetry reading featuring poets from the Lansing Poetry Club and the Poets Club of Chicago.

Feb. 16, 2020, “Telling One’s Own Story”—Reading at “Poetry in the Bar,” Eaton Rapids Craft Company, Eaton Rapids, MI

Feb. 9, 2020, “Burning Desires: An Afternoon of Love Poetry”—coordinator/performer for Valentine-themed event, produced by MICA & Lansing Poetry Club, Urban Beat, Old Town Lansing, MI

Dec. 8, 2019, “The Power of Telling Your Own Story”—Speech at People’s Church Advent Tea, East Lansing

Dec. 6, 2019, “Poetry in the Persian Tradition” w/ Doug Berch, Marzieh Ghiasi, & Ruelaine Stokes—At the Holiday Sing, Community Music School, East Lansing, MI. Ten Pound Fiddle Production.

Oct. 20, 2019, “Voices of the Revolution”—participant in Spoken Word Performance at Lansing Poetry Club, MICA Gallery, Lansing, MI

Sept. 30,  2019, Panel: Finding Refuge—presenter, WRAC Department, Michigan State University, E. Lansing, MI

Sept. 21, 2019, “A Big Picture: Writing Personal Memoirs”—Workshop for Peninsula Writers, Kent District Library, MI

Sept. 18, 2019, “The Story of a Name”—Workshop for Senior Discovery Group, Allen Neighborhood Center, Lansing, MI

Aug. 25, 2019, “The Horn of Plenty”—Organizer/performer, poetry & music program, Unitarian Universalist Church, Lansing, MI.

Oct. 12, 2018, “On Refuge and Escape”—Keynote speaker at Michigan College English Association Conference (MCEA) at Lansing Community College West, Lansing, MI

July 25, 2017, “The Poetry of Resistance”—Organizer/performer,  music & poetry program, Unitarian Universalist Church, Lansing, MI

Aug. 28, 2016, “Finding Our Way Home”—Organizer/performer, music & poetry program, Unitarian Universalist Church, Lansing, MI

Spring 2015, “Using Poetry as a Tool for Teaching Pronunciation to Non-Native Speakers”—Workshop at Michigan Adult Education and Training Conference (MAETC)

March 28, 2015, “Finding Your Voice: Strategies for Effective Oral Performance”—Workshop at Exploring Our Own Amazement: A Free Poetry Conference for Educators and Writers, presented by the Residential College in Art and Humanities at Michigan State University.

March 10, 2015—An Evening of Irish Poetry, Storytelling & Song, Dublin Square Irish Pub and Restaurant, 327 Abbot Rd., East Lansing

February 8, 2015, 2-4PM—Burning Desires: An Afternoon of Love Poetry at MICA Gallery, 1210 Turner St. in Lansing’s historic Old Town.

November 21, 2014 — Opening for the Melissa Greener Concert at the Pump House Concert Series, 368 Orchard St. in East Lansing.

Sept. 7, 2014—Remembering Pete Seeger,” Wheatland Music Festival

Aug. 9, 2014—”Remembering Pete Seeger,” Great Lakes Folk Festival, East Lansing, MI