Student Stories

Zuri

“Poetry is a way for me to just be myself instead of trying to fit in with everybody else. I can be my own rainbow with different colors. Instead of the standard red, orange, yellow, I can be pink, black, and green.”   Hear Me [...]

Imani

"I think it’s important to tell Detroit's stories. To push different narratives, because a lot of them aren’t at the forefront. Poetry puts them front and center. It’s in your face. It’s hard to ignore." Imani Nichele is our 2018 Detroit Youth Poet Laureate and [...]

Eldric

“I'm excited to share my voice, my writing, and my passion to express issues other people are afraid to talk about. I'm hoping that people who are afraid to share their voice will see me sharing mine and be inspired.” Eldric Laron, one of InsideOut’s [...]

Hajjar

“Aside from finding yourself, writing is a great coping mechanism, and it allows you to see the world around you differently. I don't think I've felt this sense of community anywhere else.” InsideOut’s 2017 Detroit Youth Poet Laureate, Hajjar Baban, is a Pakistani-born, Afghan-Kurdish poet [...]