InsideOut Receives [Transformational Gift]( from MacKenzie Scott!
InsideOut Receives [Transformational Gift]( from MacKenzie Scott!
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InsideOut student Saba's poetry billboard against a sunny sky

Poetry Billboards

For National Poetry Month, InsideOut partnered with Detroit-based creative agency Lafayette American to erect billboards throughout the city. Catch them all this April!

FOX 2: InsideOut nonprofit in Detroit gets $2M donation

Executive Director Suma Karaman Rosen and School Programs Manager Shawntai Brown speak with Fox 2 about the impact of MacKenzie Scott’s transformational gift.

InsideOut Receives $2 Million Donation from MacKenzie Scott

There are few moments in a nonprofit organization’s life that are truly transformative. InsideOut Literary Arts is about to experience one.

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.

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.”

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


“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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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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Daniella Toosie-Watson

Daniella Toosie-Watson Writer-in-Residence  InsideOut’s Writer-in-Residence Program gives students a space to be reminded of their power. Daniella is a Writer-in-Residence who brings her background as a poet, visual artist and educator to her work with elementary school students through InsideOut. Beginning as a University of…
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