EWU Get Lit Festival - Poetry and Prose

Date: Friday, April 21, 2017

Showtime: 7:00 PM

Price: $12, or free with student ID

Poetry and Prose: A Reading with Jamaal May and Emily Ruskovich

This event is a must for this year’s festival-goers; join Jamaal May and Emily Ruskovich for an evening of readings in both poetry and prose. May uses poetry to explore the interconnectedness of people and ideas; Ruskovich utilizes beautiful, character-driven language in her prose to explore the private and painful inner workings of her characters’ minds.

Jamaal May is the author of two poetry collections: Hum and The Big Book of Exit Strategies, both of which were published through Alice James Books. In an interview with The Normal School, May said, “Art, be it poetry, music, sculpture, puppetry—the whole of it, inspires change on a personal level rather than a global one. This is important because the individual is the whole. The creation of art argues that people are connected, ideas are connected, the past and future are connected by this moment.” May’s first collection received a Lannan Foundation Grant, American Library Association’s Notable Book Award, and was named a finalist for the Tufts Discovery Award and an NAACP Image Award.


‚ÄčIdaho, Emily Ruskovich’s debut novel, is concerned with a husband’s fading memory as his wife learns the dark truth of what happened to his children and his first wife.. The New York Times Book Review said, “Ruskovich’s language is itself a consolation, as she subtly posits the troubling thought that only decency can save us.” Ruskovich was the 2011–2012 James C. McCreight Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her fiction has appeared in Zoetrope, One Story, and The Virginia Quarterly Review. She was the 2015 winner of the O. Henry Award for her story “Owl.”