Alandra Chuney-Jackson

Alandra Chuney-Jackson is an InsideOut alumni, the Co-Executive Director of the Youth Development Resource Center (YDRC) in Detroit, and the founder of the Sisters’ Couch – an organization dedicated to de-stigmatizing mental health for Black women.

Michigan Poet Laureate Nandi Comer and InsideOut students pose together on the lawn of the Detroit Public Library.

In Detroit, a poetry workshop gives high school students freedom to be themselves

The Detroit Metro Times attended InsideOut’s Visting Writer Series with Michigan Poet Laureate and InsideOut Alum Nandi Comer. They witnessed the magic of youth voice in action.

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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Talitha Johnson

“InsideOut was a launching pad for a lot of my career.” Talitha Johnson was a student at Detroit’s Mackenzie High in 2000 when InsideOut’s Writer-in-Residence program came into her life. Today she is a Marketing Manager at the Detroit Regional Partnership, a regional economic development…
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Inside Out Poetry Program Youth in Photo

InsideOut Alum wins $90,000 Soros Fellowship for New Americans

InsideOut Alum Hajjar Baban wins $90,000 Soros Fellowship for New Americans to continue pursuing her art. We couldn’t be more proud. Check out Hajjar’s InsideOut journey in our Student Stories.

Michael R. Jackson

InsideOut alum Michael R. Jackson wins Pulitzer for off-Broadway musical

Student Poets Detroit

Shawntai Brown

Shawntai Brown Writer-in-Residence “Students cheered when it was time for poetry. They were eager to share, and they were sad when the residency ended.” When Shawntai was a student in school, she experienced InsideOut as a young writer. Now she is an InsideOut Writer-in-Residence herself….
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Inside Out Poetry Program Youth in Photo

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…
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