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Make the Ask: Calling Upon Community During the Write-A-Thon

Last year’s Write-A-Thon was the first time since middle school I attempted any kind of crowdfunding. Growing up in Detroit’s suburbs, my familial attitude was that it was not nice to bother people with yet another invitation to buy Girl Scout cookies, wrapping paper, or Little Caesars pizza kits. My parents would grudgingly buy the minimum requirement [...]

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Yell Our Own Names: InsideOut Youth Performance Troupe Chapbook Reading and Release

Yell Our Own Names: InsideOut Youth Performance Troupe Chapbook Reading and Release

December 4th, 4:00 pm

Durfee Innovation Society2470 Collingwood StreetDetroit, MI48206 Map

Join us for the InsideOut Youth Performance Troupe’s final in person reading of the 2021 performance season! These young poets will be sharing their original poems and reading pieces from the new Performance Troupe chapbook “Yell Our Own Names.” This event is free and open to the public! Saturday, Dec. 4th / 4PM / Durfee Innovation Society (2470 Collingwood St) InsideOut Youth Performance Troupe members are selected annually through a competitive submission process and receive coaching, mentorship, and performance opportunities locally and regionally. The Performance Troupe is generously supported by Toyota Motor North America.... See MoreSee Less

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The Ground and the Sky: Creative Writing Workshops for Youth with Ibtisam Barakat & Naomi Shihab Nye

The Ground and the Sky: Creative Writing Workshops for Youth with Ibtisam Barakat & Naomi Shihab Nye

November 14th, 2:00 pm

Arab American National Museum13624 Michigan AveDearborn, MI48126 Map

What are we rooted in? What can we imagine? Come ready to open the doors of your imagination for your dreams to touch where no one has yet reached. Renowned writers Naomi Shihab Nye and Ibtisam Barakat will lead this two-part writing workshop for high school students – no experience necessary!This online workshop series, taking place via Zoom, will help to envision, create and accomplish new greatness. The past is mapped out, but that map contains many mysteries, worth exploring, and the future needs a blueprint. Bring a blue-ink pen with you if you wish, for navigation of the great sea of ideas and possibilities. We are appreciating the past and going to the future, together! FREE with RSVP... See MoreSee Less

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Citywide Poets Visiting Writer Series: Reading and Open Mic Featuring Rudy Francisco

Citywide Poets Visiting Writer Series: Reading and Open Mic Featuring Rudy Francisco

November 13th, 2:00 pm

Join us Saturday, November 13th at 2PM on InsideOut's Facebook Live for a Citywide Poets Visiting Writer Reading and Open Mic featuring Rudy Francisco! Youth and adult artists of all ages are welcome to attend and share during the open mic. **Teen writers interested in attending a free youth workshop with Rudy on November 13th at Noon can register at bit.ly/cwpregistration to receive the Zoom link.---Rudy Francisco is one of the most recognizable names in Spoken Word Poetry. As an artist, Rudy is an amalgamation of social critique, introspection, honesty and humor. He has made conscious efforts to cultivate young poets and expose youth to Spoken Word Poetry via coaching, workshops, performances, and lectures at preparatory schools, community centers, and countless colleges and universities across the nation. He is the co-host of the largest poetry venue in San Diego, competes in domestic and international poetry slam competitions and has had the honor of being nominated for an NAACP Image Award. He is the 2009 National Underground Poetry Slam Champion, 2010 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion and appeared on TV One’s “Verses and Flow”... See MoreSee Less

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Citywide Poets Visiting Writer Series: Reading and Open Mic Featuring Natasha “T” Miller

Citywide Poets Visiting Writer Series: Reading and Open Mic Featuring Natasha “T” Miller

October 30th, 2:00 pm

Join Citywide Poets’ Visiting Writer Reading and Open Mic on October 30th at 2PM featuring Natasha “T” Miller! Taking place here on InsideOut’s Facebook Live, this event is free and open to youth and adult artists of all ages. **Teen writers interested in attending a free youth workshop with Natasha on October 30th at Noon can register at bit.ly/cwpregistration to receive the Zoom link. --- Natasha T Miller is a Detroit native, author, performance poet, LGBTQ activist, film producer, and founder of the “Artists Inn Detroit”. Natasha has been a member of four national slam teams, starred in a national Sprite commercial, a Shinola CNN ad, and is a Women of the World Poetry Slam 3-time- top five finalist. She has awed audiences across the world at more than a hundred universities, and venues, performing in stadiums for as many as thirty thousand people. She has been featured in magazines such as vogue, entrepreneur mag, and many more. Natasha’s full-length poetry manuscript “Butcher” was recently published by Button Poetry. Butcher is a collection of poems dedicated to the loss of Natasha’s brother Marcus, grief, sexual identity, and success. Natasha currently (digitally) tours the world using her words to enlighten, create equality, and most importantly spread truth, and forgiveness in the tradition of so many great leaders before her.--- Citywide Poets is InsideOut’s award-winning afterschool program provides teens with weekly creative writing workshops, publication, and performance opportunities. In this literary community, teens learn their words are powerful and embrace creative expression as a tool for self-development and civic engagement.Learn more at www.insideoutdetroit.org/cwp... See MoreSee Less

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