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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Introducing New Lead Teaching Artist Fellows

Summer may be coming to a close, but the InsideOut team is just getting warmed up with an exciting development–our new Lead Teaching Artist Fellowship program! Building upon the successful 2020 pilot of one full-time Teaching Artist position – and through the generous support from…
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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.

Creative Writing Poet Program

Peter Markus

What I found, in teaching this workshop, is that poetry is something that matters, that helps us make sense, that gives us the permission to say what we might not otherwise say. Senior Writer Peter Markus has worked with youth in Metro Detroit classrooms for…
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Cassidy Howard

As a high school student, Cassidy Howard experienced InsideOut front multiple angles. A member of the 2021 InsideOut Youth Performance Troupe, Cassidy also served two terms on InsideOut’s Youth Advisory Board and was a recipient of the 2022 Citywide Poets Scholarship.

Activating Genius: The Role of the Visiting Writer

InsideOut has been inviting guest artists to visit our sites and students for years. These programs expose young poets to new styles and a wide array of artists from different artistic and cultural backgrounds. Guest artists usually facilitate a stand alone workshop and/or open mic,…
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