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.

InsideOut student poet Charisma performs against the backdrop of the Detroit River in front of a full audience.

InsideOut Student Performs at Detroit Riverfront Grand Opening

InsideOut Citywide Poets student Charisma recites her poem “Charisma Speaks of Rivers” at the Grand Opening of the Uniroyal Promenade on the Detroit Riverfront in October 2023, inspiring the crowd of community members, politicians, and friends of the Riverfront.

Suma Karaman Rosen and Mahogany Jones sit on the set of the Fox 2 Noon Show to talk about If the River Could Sing.

FOX 2 News: If the River Could Sing

Executive Director Suma Karaman Rosen talks with Fox 2 News about our If the River Could Sing event on September 24, 2023.

If the river could sing

River Poetry Contest

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).

Kweku Abimbola

Kweku Abimbola brings his experience as a poet and University of Michigan Civitas Fellow to the InsideOut Writer-in-Residence program. “More than the poetry, editing, and self-awareness skills the Writer-in-Residence Program provides students— I find that the creative independence we afford them to be deeply impactful.”

Creative Writing Poet Program

Peter Markus

What I found, in teaching this workshop, is that poetry is something that matters, that helps us make sense, that gives us the permission to say what we might not otherwise say. Senior Writer Peter Markus has worked with youth in Metro Detroit classrooms for…
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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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Yareli and Poetry for the People Billboard Photo Sara Faraj

Yareli

“To feel that somebody enjoys reading and getting inspired by the things that I made is awesome. I feel like an author now.” 10-year-old Yareli, a student in our Writer-in-Residence program, recently saw her own writing on a billboard in Corktown as part of Poetry…
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A Day in the Life of Poetry for the People

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….
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