Brave New Voices

Youth Poet Justin Rogers Performs "Small Town City"

July 8, 2013

photo courtesy Inside out Literary Arts Project

Justin Rogers is a two-time Citywide Poets Youth Slam team member. He is currently attending Wayne State University for Art Education. Justin performs his poetry and teaches workshops throughout the city of Detroit, using poetry as a tool for spreading literacy and learning among young people. Participating in the 2010 Rhythm, Roots, and Rhyme Poetry Slam sponsored by the Detroit Jazz Festival and winning the 2011 Larry Colter Poetry Prize at Henry Ford Community College are among his recent accomplishments. He has been involved with InsideOut Literary Arts Project since the fall of 2009. He is currently a writer in residence with InsideOut and a member of InsideOut’s Citywide Agents youth leadership program.

This is the full-length version of the poem edited for air on July 8, 2013.

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