Citywide Poets (CWP)
CITYWIDE POETS (CWP) Our after school performance poetry troupe for teens received the 2009 COMING UP TALLER Award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. CWP offers the mentorship of adult poets who possess strong publication and performance credentials. Youth perform at numerous venues, see their work in an anthology, take awards for their poetry, and compete to attend the Brave New Voices National Youth Poetry Slam, held annually in various cities across the country.
CWP students feature at many venues including The Detroit Jazz Fest; Arts Beats & Eats, the Music Hall; 1515 Broadway; Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit; Museum of African American History, Café con Leche, Wayne State University, the Byte This! poetry series and have opened for Nikki Giovanni, Quincy Troupe, Tyehimba Jess and many other fine poets.
To sign up for Citywide Poets download the application here (right-click, “Save as…”).
Citywide Poets is sponsored in part by the following:
Thanks to a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, InsideOut founded the “Citywide Agents,” a group of CWP alumni dedicated to bringing poetry workshops and performances to a variety of communities. The Agents have led poetry workshops for teens in the River Rouge School District and the Ruth Ellis Center.