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Michigan Poet Laureate Nandi Comer and InsideOut students pose together on the lawn of the Detroit Public Library.

In Detroit, a poetry workshop gives high school students freedom to be themselves

The Detroit Metro Times attended InsideOut’s Visting Writer Series with Michigan Poet Laureate and InsideOut Alum Nandi Comer. They witnessed the magic of youth voice in action.

Suma Karaman Rosen and Mahogany Jones sit on the set of the Fox 2 Noon Show to talk about If the River Could Sing.

FOX 2 News: If the River Could Sing

Executive Director Suma Karaman Rosen talks with Fox 2 News about our If the River Could Sing event on September 24, 2023.

Group of teens sits in an auditorium talking and writing at the 2023 Detroit Youth Poetry Con

InsideOut Named Gucci Changemaker

InsideOut is proud to be named one of 12 Gucci Changemakers organizations nationally! This $50,000 grant will allow us to deepen our teen programming by hosting the 2024 Detroit Youth Poetry Con. This event will build community, explore expression, and expose students to the vast…
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InsideOut Student Poets on Detroit Performs

InsideOut poets performed alongside dancers from Detroit School of Arts on Detroit Performs! As student poet Raijuan says (his poem begins at 4:10): “I walk down the hallways and past students…I see a lot of potential. I don’t believe that anyone in my school doesn’t…
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Hanif Abdurraqib

Hanif Abdurraqib makes Detroit Youth Poetry Con appearance

Hanif Abdurraqib joined us for the first Detroit Youth Poetry Con in March 2023 to teach a workshop and grace the stage at the public showcase. He spoke with the Metro Times in advance of his appearance. “With any luck, we will sit down collectively…
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InsideOut Alum Nandi Comer makes history as Michigan’s second poet laureate ever

From her early years as an InsideOut student at Communications and Media Arts High School to Writer-in-Residence to managing our Citywide Poets program and creating the visionary TechnoPoetics, Nandi Comer has been an important part of InsideOut’s community right from the very start. We are…
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Inside Out Poetry Program Poet Leaders

9 Detroit-area nonprofit leaders awarded sabbatical fellowship

We’re proud to announce that Executive Director Suma Karaman Rosen will be taking a well-deserved sabbatical supported by the Eugene A. Miller Fellowship from the McGregor Fund. As Suma said: “I love the students we serve who remind me what it means to be brave, and…
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two InsideOut students

Performance Troupe Featured on Local 4 Click On Detroit

Click On Detroit took notice of the six winners from InsideOut’s Literary Arts 2022 Performance Troupe. These Metro Detroit high schoolers are sharing the mic at the North American International Auto Show.

Inside Out Poetry Program Youth in Photo

InsideOut Alum wins $90,000 Soros Fellowship for New Americans

InsideOut Alum Hajjar Baban wins $90,000 Soros Fellowship for New Americans to continue pursuing her art. We couldn’t be more proud. Check out Hajjar’s InsideOut journey in our Student Stories.