Tuesday, February 7, 2012

News from InsideOut Literary Arts

InsideOut Literary Arts Newsletter

Writers Reading Series - Friday, Feb. 10th

6pm at Detroit Artists Market 4719 Woodward Ave., Detroit


The Writers Reading Series promotes InsideOut's teaching writers and brings their creativity to the community. Free and open to the public. Feb. 10th Features: Olujide Adebayo-Begun, Scott Beal, Nina Buckless, and Zachary Crawford.


Scratch The Page: Behind the Story


At IO, we pride ourselves on bringing the best in verse and literary vision to Detroit's youngest writers. One example is Scratch The Page (STP), an annual free workshop/reading series that taps nationally recognized writers to fire up the pens of youth ages 13 to 18. The 2012 STP series continues with noted author and Cave Canem Fellow, Gregory Pardlo (see poem on right) on February 25th at the Virgil H. Carr Center, Detroit. (Click here for full story.


On Sunday, February 12th at 5:40pm, WTVS airs for the second time, "A Poet in Every Classroom," produced as an Undergraduate Research Project through Wayne State's Honors College by WSU instructor Joel Silvers and Department of Film Studies student Erik Daniel.  The video tells the story of IO Founder and Executive Director Terry Blackhawk's dream of dispatching poets into classrooms so that "experiencing the power of the written word will become an essential part of every child's education." Special thanks to Rich Homberg, Dave Devereaux and everyone at WTVS for their partnership and support!

Note: Sunday's broadcast of "A Poet in Every Classroom" immediately follows "300 Miles to Freedom," a stirring film about a man who escaped and fought back against slavery. Check it out here.


mcaca logoInsideOut Literary Arts Project has been awarded a grant of $6,000 from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). The grant was awarded through the MCACA peer review process and was one of 233 applications to compete for MCACA fiscal year 2012 funding.

Organizations receiving a MCACA grant award are required to match those funds with other public and private dollars. Local supporters of the project include Charter One and individual contributors. IO also receives significant volunteer support from the community including students from the Wayne State Honors College.

A complete list of grant awards around the state is available by contacting MCACA at (517) 241-4011, or by visiting the MCACA website.

Double Dutch

By Gregory Pardlo


The girls turning double-dutch

bob & weave like boxers pulling

punches, shadowing each other,

sparring across the slack cord

casting parabolas in the air. They

whip quick as an infant's pulse

and the jumper, before she

enters the winking, nods in time

as if she has a notion to share,

waiting her chance to speak. But she's

anticipating the upbeat

like a bandleader counting off

the tune they are about to swing into.

The jumper stair-steps into mid-air

as if she's jumping rope in low-gravity,

training for a lunar mission. Airborne a moment

long enough to fit a second thought in,

she looks caught in the mouth bones of a fish

as she flutter-floats into motion

like a figure in a stack of time-lapse photos

thumbed alive . . . 


See entire poem by clicking here.


from Totem, published by The American Poetry Review. Copyright © 2007



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