Suma Karaman Rosen joins InsideOut Literary Arts Project as Executive Director

The InsideOut Literary Arts Project (iO) is pleased to announce that Suma Karaman Rosen has been selected as the organization’s new Executive Director effective January 3, 2017.

Suma Karaman Rosen served as Director of Development of ACCESS (Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services) in Dearborn, where she began in 2011 as Development Officer. Ms. Rosen was previously an elementary school teacher for 6 years in several high-priority schools in Oakland, California, and Vancouver, Washington. Her love of poetry led her to write and perform throughout her life, and as an educator, poetry held a vital place in her teaching practice. She holds a BA from the University of Michigan and an MA in Educational Technology from the University of San Francisco.

“InsideOut is an amazing organization. Its strong track record of positively impacting the lives of Detroit’s youth has inspired me since I first learned about it,” said Rosen. “I’m continually humbled and awed by the power of these young poets’ voices, and I strongly believe in the transformative effect of self-discovery through writing. It is an honor to join iO’s talented team and build on the solid foundation established by Founding Director Dr. Terry Blackhawk and Interim Director Alise Alousi. I look forward to the next chapter in iO’s story.”

iO’s founder, Dr. Terry Blackhawk, retired in the spring of 2015 after two decades of work that impacted more than 50,000 students. Associate Director Alise Alousi served as Interim Executive Director as the Search Committee conducted a national executive search.

“As an organization with deep roots in Detroit schools, we are particularly thrilled to have found an Executive Director who has an extensive background as both a non-profit leader as well as an educator,” said iO Board President Linda Spight. “I had the pleasure of accompanying Suma to one of our schools and could instantly see how aligned she is with our mission of providing students with opportunities to express their ideas, hopes and dreams through the craft of writing. I very much look forward to working side-by-side with Suma to ensure that iO’s work continues to flourish.”

James Kass, Founder & Executive Director of Youth Speaks, one of the world’s leading presenters of youth spoken word programs, said “I’m so excited for InsideOut as they prepare for the next phase of their fantastic organization. I’m looking forward to continued partnership as we work together to support young people finding the power of their voices across the country and beyond. As one of the recognized leaders in the field, we all look to InsideOut for direction.”

Contact: Alise Alousi, Associate Director InsideOut Literary Arts Project (313) 577-4601,