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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.

If the river could sing

River Poetry Contest

InsideOut is proud to announce the IF THE RIVER COULD SING poetry contest, seeking poems that celebrate and give voice to the beauty and history of the Detroit River (or another area river).

Suma and her mom post smiling in front of a Monet painting in Paris.

3 Things I Learned from Rest: Suma’s Reflections on Sabbatical Part 1

What comes up when you hear the word “sabbatical”? Do you instantly think academia? Is it project-based, or time for rest and renewal? One word that keeps coming up for me is “privilege” – both in the sense that it is a tremendous honor to…
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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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Kweku Abimbola

“I believe creativity requires agency. More than the poetry, editing, and self-awareness skills the Writer-in-Residence Program provides students— I find that the creative independence we afford them to be deeply impactful.” Kweku Abimbola brings his experience as a poet and University of Michigan Civitas Fellow…
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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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