InsideOut student poet King reads at a podium against a backdrop of other students as sun sets at If the River Could Sing event in September 2023.

InsideOut Student Wins $25k Pistons Scholarship

InsideOut student poet King Bethel wrote a spoken word piece that earned him a $25,000 scholarship from the Detroit Pistons Foundation.

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.

Group of teens sits in an auditorium talking and writing at the 2023 Detroit Youth Poetry Con

InsideOut Named Gucci Changemaker

InsideOut is proud to be named one of 12 Gucci Changemakers organizations nationally!

This $50,000 grant will allow us to deepen our teen programming by hosting the 2024 Detroit Youth Poetry Con.

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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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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