Citywide Poets

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

Hamtramck Library
2360 Caniff, Hamtramck, MI 48212
4:30 to 6:30 PM on Tuesdays


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

Communication & Media Arts High School
3-5 PM on Thursdays in Room 101

Detroit School for the Arts
4-6 PM on Tuesdays in Suite 140

Fordson High School
2:30 to 4:30 PM on Mondays in Room A215

King High School
3:30 to 5:30 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.