Citywide Poets sites for the 2019/20 school year are closed.

Virtual Citywide Poets will run May – August 2020!


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 2019/2020 school year included:

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

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

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

The James and Grace Lee Boggs School
4141 Mitchell, Detroit, MI

Cass Technical High School
2501 2nd Ave, Detroit, MI

Clippert Academy
1981 McKinstry St., Detroit, MI

Communication & Media Arts High School
14771 Mansfield, Detroit, MI

Detroit Enterprise Academy
11224 Kercheval St., Detroit, MI

Denby High School
12800 Kelly Rd., Detroit, MI

Detroit Edison Public School Academy
1903 Wilkins St., Detroit, MI

Detroit International Academy for Young Women
9026 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI

Detroit School of Arts
123 Selden St., Detroit, MI

Fordson High School
13800 Ford Rd., Dearborn, MI

Jalen Rose Leadership Academy
15000 Trojan St., Detroit, MI

Martin Luther King High School
3200 E Lafayette, Detroit, MI

Marygrove P-20 Campus
8425 W. McNichols, Detroit, MI

Oak Park Prep Academy
23261 Scotia Rd., Oak Park, MI

Western International High School
1500 Scotten Ave., Detroit, MI

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