Congratulations to our 2017 Detroit Youth Poetry Slam Team: Wes, Ashley Rae, La’Shawn, Damon, and YaKuZa!

These five poets will represent Detroit at the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Festival in San Francisco this summer.

You can ensure they have everything they need to succeed — excellent coaching and mentoring, travel expenses, registration costs, and a chance to share their voices with the wider world — by participating in our Slam Team’s online fundraiser:

Grand Slam Finalists featured on WDET

In case you missed it, some of our Grand Slam finalists (Eldric, YaKuZa, A’janae, Damon and Imani) were featured on WDET. Check out their segment here!

Suma Karaman Rosen joins InsideOut Literary Arts Project as Executive Director

The InsideOut Literary Arts Project (iO) is pleased to announce that Suma Karaman Rosen has been selected as the organization’s new Executive Director effective January 3, 2017.

Suma Karaman Rosen served as Director of Development of ACCESS (Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services) in Dearborn, where she began in 2011 as Development Officer. Ms. Rosen was previously an elementary school teacher for 6 years in several high-priority schools in Oakland, California, and Vancouver, Washington. Her love of poetry led her to write and perform throughout her life, and as an educator, poetry held a vital place in her teaching practice. She holds a BA from the University of Michigan and an MA in Educational Technology from the University of San Francisco.

“InsideOut is an amazing organization. Its strong track record of positively impacting the lives of Detroit’s youth has inspired me since I first learned about it,” said Rosen. “I’m continually humbled and awed by the power of these young poets’ voices, and I strongly believe in the transformative effect of self-discovery through writing. It is an honor to join iO’s talented team and build on the solid foundation established by Founding Director Terry Blackhawk and Interim Director Alise Alousi. I look forward to the next chapter in iO’s story.”

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