In celebration of our 25th anniversary, InsideOut created Poetry for the People–a series of workshops, installations and performances in neighborhoods across the city designed to demystify poetry and engage new audiences in the ways that language can connect to and enrich their lives. 

After being delayed due to COVID, Poetry for the People will relaunch in 2022! We will offer virtual and in person events with COVID precautions in place.

Upcoming Events

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If the River Could Sing Poetry Contest – Submissions due Monday, August 22nd by 5 PM

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.) The winning poem will be printed as a broadside on-site by Signal Return at InsideOut’s If the River Could Sing event on Thursday, September 8 at Valade Park on the Detroit Riverfront. Youth Contest Rules + Submission / Adult Contest Rules + Submission

If the River Could Sing: A Celebration of Writing and River with InsideOut – Thursday, September 8th / 6-8:30 PM @ Robert C. Valade Park on the Detroit Riverfront

Join InsideOut for an evening of creativity, performances, and natural beauty on the Detroit Riverfront. If the River Could Sing: A Celebration of Writing and River with InsideOut will feature creative activation points inspired by the beauty and history of the riverfront. Centering on themes of arts & culture, wellness, and conservation, this unforgettable evening will culminate with a sunset showcase of music and poetry.  If the River Could Sing is free and open to all. Register here to receive event details and updates.

This event is made possible by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in partnership with the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, with additional support from Comcast, Henry Ford Health, PNC, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Plante Moran, SMZ, Walbridge, Wells Advantage Group, and individual donors.

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Poetry for the People is made possible by the Knight Foundation, along with contributions from individual donors.