Friday, April 13, 2012

News from InsideOut Literary Arts

News from 
InsideOut Literary Arts Project
Cody High School students soak up college tips from Wayne State University volunteers during IO's College Essay Writing Workshop. 
Building a More Collaborative DETROIT

One of the perks of being located on Wayne State University's campus has been a growing collaboration with the Irvin D. Reid Honors College.  Since January, 23 interns have streamed in and out of our offices, assisting with critical projects while earning college prep credits in the process. They've archived poems. They've proofed manuscripts. They've served as hosts and hostesses at readings and even helped coach soon-to-be high school grads on college essays and survival strategies. 


"We're very fortunate to have such a wealth of resources at our fingertips,'' says IO Founder Terry Blackhawk. "I'm especially glad that the students have been introduced to the voices of Detroit youth this way. For many, it is the first time they have engaged with Detroit at such a personal level. The relationship really is a win-win on both sides.'' 


A special thank-you also goes out to 22 volunteer graphic designers who've donated their talents toward the layout and design for 2012's school literary journals. Publishing student writing in high-quality journals has been hallmark of our work since 1995.  This year's 26 titles will be printed and available later this spring.

Save the Date, May 23rd, NOW
Students from Detroit International Academy for Young Women
 High School perform during the 2011 Get Versed student showcase.

For the second straight year, IO will spotlight the talents of artistic students from across Detroit, during our Get Versed showcase at the Detroit Institute of Arts Detroit Film Theater, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  


We're also bringing some amazing adult talent to the stage.  Detroit's own LaShaun Phoenix Moore will be our special guest host. Online tickets for Get Versed, just $5, will be available soon. Watch our Facebook page to support youth doing great things in Detroit. For more info: 313-577-4601

A New Press-worthy Partnership 
IO's Teacher Workshop at Signal-Return
Detroit Public School teachers and IO staff writers learn new strategies during a workshop at Signal-Return in Detroit's Eastern Market.

It's always a thrill to take our story on the road to new venues such as Signal-Return Press in Detroit's Eastern Market. With its antique hand-operated printing presses and displays of handmade paper media, SRP provided a fitting space to welcome award-winning Princeton, NJ poet Judy Rowe Michaels for an after school soiree on March 15.  Michaels, author of Catching Tigers in Red Weather (NCTE 2012), led an inspiring workshop with IO teachers and writers. She also has two collections of poetry, and her essays on teaching poetry are posted on the Poetry Foundation's website.


Warmest thanks to Signal-Return director, Megan O'Connell for her enthusiastic welcome and support. SRPLP opened in November as an exhibition, workshop and retail space similar to letterpress shops in New York and California. If you haven't already, treat yourself to a visit. Stay tuned for more exciting collaborations between IO and the press. 

Serving Detroit Youth Since 1995.

Featured Student Poem 

"Inside this pencil
there are words
that are dancing
on the dance floor
doing the boogie

Some are good
some are bad
as long as
you can dance

Inside this pencil
there are words
that I talk to
I ask them how
is it in there the
words say I'm scared
it's dark in here
I can't see the
sunlight but they
don't stop dancing,''

Dancing in the Dark by Karissa Pugh, 
4th Grade, Mann Elementary, 2012



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