Youth Poet on the Strength and Frustration of “Detroit”

In our continuing series “Inheriting Detroit," which looks at aspects of life in Detroit through the eyes of youth poets, Terrell Morrow from the InsideOut Literary Arts Project shares this poem about his hometown.    "Detroit" by Terrell Morrow  Motown tune harboring,  Automobile industrial base vicarious drive,  Downtown city lighting life-giver of struggling spirit,  Red-winged-angel-singing city I..

Youth Poet Celebrates a “Sacred Woman”

This Sunday is Mother's Day. Motherhood is particularly significant in the city of Detroit, where about 60 percent of households with children are headed by a single woman. As part of WDET’s new series looking at life in Detroit as seen through the eyes of local youth poets, we hear from high school junior Arzelia Williams. She..

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Brave New Voices: Meet The Team!

The 2013 Slam Team is comprised of members of iO's award-winning after-school program Citywide Poets along with youth poets who participated in the 2013 CWP slam competition. CWP members perform at special venues around Metro Detroit, see their work published in an anthology, take national awards for their poetry, and compete to attend the Brave..

“Keep Going, Keep Creating” Through Poetry

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..