Citywide Poets is InsideOut’s award-winning afterschool program, providing teens with a literary community to collaboratively explore their lives through the written and spoken word. By participating in intensive artistic mentorship, publication, and performance opportunities, Citywide Poets cultivates a youth-driven narrative for the future of Detroit, rooted in their creativity and artistry.

Citywide Poets meet weekly from October – May in sessions led by local writers in both high school and open community sites. Participants hone craft, build performance skills, and engage in the larger artist community of Detroit. Citywide Poets is free and open to interested teens.

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Citywide Poets sites for the 2018/19 school year include:

Open Citywide Poets Sites (free and open to all teens)

Detroit Public Library, Main Branch
5201 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202
4:30 – 6:30 PM on Wednesdays in the Explorers Room

School-Based Citywide Poets Sites (free and open to any student who attends the school listed)

Cass Technical High School 
3:30 – 5:30 PM on Thursdays in Room 408
Communication & Media Arts High School
3 – 5 PM on Thursdays in Room 101
Detroit School for the Arts
4 – 6 PM on Tuesdays in Studio B
Detroit International Academy of Young Women
3:40 – 5:40 PM on Tuesdays 
Fordson High School
2:30 – 4:30 PM on Mondays in Room A215
Jalen Rose Academy 
1 – 3 PM on Fridays in Room 113
King High School 
3:45 – 5:45 PM on Mondays in Room B106

For more information contact Citywide Poets Coordinator Justin Rogers by email: justin[at]insideoutdetroit[dot]org or call 313-577-4601.