Submit to our [River Poetry Contest]( by 8/12!
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Youth poetry contest winner holds letterpressed poem outside at If the River Could Sing 2024.

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.

CBS: InsideOut helps Detroit students grow as writers

InsideOut students poets Ingrid and Kya speak with Amyre Makupson about the importance of self-expression during Pride Month on CBS Detroit!

Op-Ed: Poetry, creative writing and just listening can combat teen mental health risks 

Executive Director Suma Karaman Rosen writes about showing up for teens in an Op-Ed for the Detroit Free Press.

FOX 2: InsideOut Hosts Intergenerational Workshop

Liz Lewin from FOX2 News interviewed InsideOut students Aiyana and Isaiah and Hannan Center poet Janice about the Intergenerational Poetry Workshop at the Hannan Center.

InsideOut student Saba's poetry billboard against a sunny sky

Poetry Billboards

For National Poetry Month, InsideOut partnered with Detroit-based creative agency Lafayette American to erect billboards throughout the city. Catch them all this April!

FOX 2: InsideOut nonprofit in Detroit gets $2M donation

Executive Director Suma Karaman Rosen and School Programs Manager Shawntai Brown speak with Fox 2 about the impact of MacKenzie Scott’s transformational gift.

InsideOut Receives $2 Million Donation from MacKenzie Scott

There are few moments in a nonprofit organization’s life that are truly transformative. InsideOut Literary Arts is about to experience one.

The Metro: Annual Detroit Youth Poetry Con returns March 9

Executive Director Suma Karaman Rosen had the opportunity to talk about the Detroit Youth Poetry Con and what it means for teens across the area on WDET 101.9FM. Take a listen!

InsideOut student poet King reads at a podium against a backdrop of other students as sun sets at If the River Could Sing event in September 2023.

InsideOut Student Wins $25k Pistons Scholarship

InsideOut student poet King Bethel wrote a spoken word piece that earned him a $25,000 scholarship from the Detroit Pistons Foundation.