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  • LTAB 2019 Audience

Louder Than a Bomb: A Student’s View

"It’s never about the competition, it’s always about sharing and opening up and welcoming others.” Guadalupe Avalos, a student at Cass Technical High School in Detroit, wrote this article for her journalism class about what she witnessed at Louder Than a Bomb: the Michigan Youth Poetry Festival. Here's an inside look at what it was like to attend. [...]

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MC Olympics

MC Olympics

August 4th, 2:00 pm - August 4th, 4:00 pm

InsideOut Literary Arts
5143 Cass Ave, State Hall - Rm. 225
Detroit, MI  48202 Map

Join members of Citywide Poets, a literary community for young people who participate in intensive artistic mentorship, publication, and performance opportunities to explore their lives through the written and spoken word, as they compete head-to-head for the title of hip-hop supremacy. YOU MUST REGISTER TO COMPETE. REGISTER ONLINE AT: forms.gle/wr6bcawv2UPDxmkL7Featuring renowned Detroit emcees as judges, the young artists will engage in a 3-round tournament, putting their written, freestyle, and crowd-moving skills to the test in this family-friendly event. The event will culminate with an informal cypher where audience members will be invited to pick up the mic.CASH PRIZES FOR 1ST AND 2ND PLACE!!!!... See MoreSee Less

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Detroit Youth Slam Team Send Off

Detroit Youth Slam Team Send Off

July 13th, 2:30 pm - July 13th, 6:00 pm

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit - MOCAD
4454 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI  48201 Map

The 2019 Detroit Youth Poetry Slam Team has been engaging in intensive workshops, mentorship, and community engagement in preparation for the International Youth Poetry Festival, Brave New Voices (BNV) in Las Vegas, NV. These 5 phenomenal artists will represent Detroit at this prestigious festival through competition, workshop, and community building with other teams from around the world.This Send Off will kick off with performances by the young poets from InsideOut's Brainstorm Summer Arts Institute. Afterwards the team will engage in the final show in the city before heading to Vegas on July 17th. Support the team by cheering them on one last time before they go on to make their mark on the world!... See MoreSee Less

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Youth Poet Laureate Commencement

Youth Poet Laureate Commencement

June 13th, 5:00 pm - June 13th, 6:30 pm

1464 Gratiot Ave
Detroit, MI  48207 Map

(pictured above: 2018 Detroit Youth Poet Ambassadors Julia Hill, Eldric Laron, Youth Poet Laureate Imani Nichele, and Youth Poet Ambassador Jai'Len Smith)Celebrate the announcement of the 2019 Detroit Youth Poet Laureate and Ambassador with InsideOut Literary Arts at Trinosophes!2018 Youth Poet Laureate Imani Nichele will give a reading from her forthcoming book, ALL THE RICHES, which will be released this month. There will also be a youth Open Mic and performances from this year's finalists. The Detroit Youth Poet Laureate Program aims to identify young writers and leaders who are committed to civic & community engagement, poetry & performance, human relations, diversity and literacy across Michigan.Along with winning the prestigious title of Detroit Youth Poet Laureate, the winning poet will also win the opportunity to publish their first collection of poems as well as receive intensive mentorship from InsideOut Literary Arts. The Detroit Youth Poet Laureate and Detroit Youth Poet Ambassador will have numerous opportunities and platforms to share their powerful voices, their leadership, and love of Detroit at numerous events across the state.Learn more at insideoutdetroit.org/ypl... See MoreSee Less

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Poetry at Trumbull & Porter

Poetry at Trumbull & Porter

June 6th, 5:00 pm - June 6th, 6:30 pm

Trumbull and Porter - Detroit Downtown Ascend Hotel Collection
1331 Trumbull Street
Detroit, MI  48216 Map

In partnership with Trumbull & Porter, InsideOut's Detroit Youth Poetry Slam team will be showcasing their original poetry in the beautiful hotel courtyard. 5 Youth Poets will rock the stage alongside nationally recognized published poet, Brittany Rogers.Newly refurbished and newly discovered, Trumbull & Porter has undergone a major renovation touching all aspects of the hotel including 144 guest rooms, drinks and dining, a spacious fitness center and an outdoor courtyard that has become the place in Detroit to see and be seen. Modern amenities are thoughtfully appointed, as guests enjoy designer rooms with custom furniture built by Michigan artisans. An impressive collection of art and commissioned installation art can be found throughout the common spaces. Located in the revived Corktown neighborhood, the hotel features the award-winning Red Dunn Kitchen. Trumbull and Porter abides by a philosophy proudly in support of Detroit, its artists, and marriage equality for all couples.Widely recognized as one of the nation’s premiere writers-in-the-schools programs, InsideOut has earned many accolades, from a feature on PBS NewsHour to a performance on the stage of the Kennedy Center. InsideOut’s award-winning after school program, Citywide Poets provides teens with weekly creative writing workshops, publication, and performance opportunities. In this rigorous and supportive literary community, teens learn their words are powerful and embrace creative expression as a tool for self-development and civic engagement. The 2019 Detroit Youth Poetry Slam Team is a product of InsideOut's Citywide Poets program.... See MoreSee Less

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