Courtesy of Peter Markus Author Peter Markus has spent the last two decades as an Artist in Residence with InsideOut Literary Arts Project, teaching creative writing to students in Detroit Public Schools. Courtesy of Peter Markus Dzanc Books released Markus' new novel, Inside My Pencil, late last month. The book chronicles the blossoming relationship between..
Poet and Spoken word performer jessica Care moore was on one of the panels at Motor City Drive, a conversation about Detroit's creative spirit featuring NPR's Michel Martin. She spoke passionately about her love for Detroit and the artist’s need to travel to survive. She made it very clear that you can take an artist out of Detroit,..
Terry Parris Jr. Meet Eddie. He's 13 and in the 8th grade at Marcus Garvey Academy on the city's east side. Eddie was part of a group of middle school students we featured in a series called Street Dreams, in which WDET partnered with InsideOut Literary Arts Project, Off/Page Project and the young poets to capture the dreams they have for..
WDET Every year teen poets from the InsideOut Literary Arts Project write and perform a poem about race, society and civil rights, to honor the memory and work of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Justin Rogers, Kennedie King, and Arzelia Williams share about their work and the meaning surrounding the poem they wrote and performed for Wayne..
Quintin Pope Four middle school students at Marcus Garvey Academy on the city’s East side shared poems and photographs of the dreams they have for the streets they walk each day. WDET partnered with the InsideOut Literary Arts Project, the Off/Page Project and these students to help tell their stories. You can listen the young poets..
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..
This Sunday is Father’s Day. More than 10 percent of households with children in Detroit are headed up by single dads, a number that has been on the rise since the turn of this century. That’s according to a report from Data Driven Detroit. The data also show a decline in households run by married parents,..
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..
Detroit’s team of young poets return from an international poetry slam in Chicago over the weekend. WDET’s Laura Weber Davis followed the Citywide Poets from Inside-Out Literary Arts Project in Detroit as they traveled to the four-day “Brave New Voices” festival. As Laura reports, the young poets compete against one another, but the competition is..
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..