Keep Going, Keep Creating” Through Poetry

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On August 7, Detroit’s youth poetry slam team travels to the international youth poetry slam festival.

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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.

Laura Weber-Davis, Producer, Detroit Today & Created Equal

Laura is thrilled to be working at Detroit’s legendary public radio station, WDET. Whatever she is doing at this very moment, she’d rather be listening to RadioLab. Follow @laurawdet

This post is a part of Brave New Voices.

In 2013, the Detroit youth poetry slam team headed to Brave New Voices (BNV), the international youth poetry slam festival, held in Chicago, IL. Team members are participants in InsideOut Literary Arts Project's Citywide Poets after-school program and have spent years of work preparing for this opportunity.

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