Citywide Poets sites for the 2020/21 school year are kicking off 100% virtually.

Virtual Citywide Poets sessions will run October 2020 – June 2021!


What is 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.


Citywide Poets sites for the 2020/21 school year included:

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

Public site via Zoom, Date and time TBD

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

Bates Academy

The James and Grace Lee Boggs School

Cass Technical High School

Clippert Academy

Detroit Enterprise Academy

Denby High School

Detroit Edison Public School Academy

Detroit School of Arts

Fordson High School

Jalen Rose Leadership Academy

Martin Luther King High School

Marygrove P-20 Campus

Renaissance High School

Salina Intermediate Academy

Thurston High School

Westfield Preparatory High School

For more information contact Citywide Poets Coordinator Justin Rogers by email or call 313-577-4601.