Eastern students to perform poetry reading from award winning book at Wilburton Senior Citizen Center on Oct. 23


Eastern Students Kaylinn Dawson of Haileyville, Hannah Truitt of Wilburton, Bailey Ward of McAlester, and Chelsie Peckio of Krebs will help present a poetry reading from Karen Hesse's award-winning book "Out of the Dust" on Oct. 23
WILBURTON (Oct. 20, 2014) – Students from Eastern Oklahoma State College’s Honors, music and theater programs will be reading poetry from Karen Hesse’s award-winning book “Out of the Dust” at the Senior Citizens’ Center in Wilburton at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23.

Students from the Honors Program and theatre department will interpret the novel. Music students, under the direction of Dr. Brandon Hendrix, will provide music from the Dust Bowl era to set the tone for the event.

“Out of the Dust” is a novel composed entirely of first person free verse poems from the perspective of the main character, a young girl named Billie Jo Kelby. Taking place in Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl, Kelby describes the harsh conditions and tragic situations she and her family faced in the years of 1934-1935.

The verse novel won the 1998 Newbery Medal. It is also the book chosen by the Southeast Public Library system as the focus for the Southeast Reads month of literary activities.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided during an open forum after the readings are completed.

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