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.)
IO on WTVS
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.
InsideOut 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.