Citywide Poets

InsideOut’s award-winning after school program provides teens with weekly creative writing workshops, publication, and performance opportunities. In this rigorous and supportive literary community, teens learn their words are powerful and embrace creative expression as a tool for self-development and civic engagement. For the 2020/21 school year, Citywide Poets will be 100% virtual.

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This visiting writer series offers opportunities for teens to meet renowned writers and explore new styles of writing in a free workshop. Following the workshop, an open mic and performance features our visiting writer and all teens who wish to touch the stage with their original work.

2019/2020 Schedule

Performance Troupe

The Detroit Youth Performance Troupe members are selected annually through a competitive submission process. These teens receive coaching, mentorship, and performance opportunities locally and regionally. Check out their 2020 chapbook, Close Enough to Touch!

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