Brave New Voices

"Keep Going, Keep Creating" Through Poetry

by: Laura Weber Davis

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Justin Rogers On August 7th, Detroit’s youth poetry slam team travels to Chicago for Brave New Voices-- the international youth poetry slam festival. Team members are participants in the Citywide Poets after-school program, run by the InsideOut Literary Arts Project. They’ve spent years preparing for this opportunity.

Detroit’s team placed fourth in the world at the 2011 competition. Last year the team wasn’t able to attend because they didn’t have enough money.

One of the young poets on the 2011 team was Justin Rogers. He recently stopped by WDET and told us about his experiences with and through slam poetry. He also performed his poem titled "Small Town City."

This feature was produced by WDET’s Laura Weber-Davis.

Watch a video of Justin performing at WDET...

The Brave New Voices series is part of WDET's Summer of Kids. Learn how you can support the Detroit team and create new opportunities for local youth at wdet.org/kids.