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Citywide Poets

Films Galore

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 08.17.2014 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

The cultural calendar in Detroit moves so fast these days, it seems a long time already that I enjoyed the Cinetopia Film Festival here in town. But it was only one week ago!

Black History Month Musings: on Langston Hughes and the 'Best New Poets'

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 04.12.2014 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

African American poets gave a glimpse into what W.E.B. Dubois famously identified as 'The Souls of Black Folks.' Our students honored their poetic forbears which was also a manifesto about the importance of poetry in young people's lives.

Amiri Baraka, Alvin Aubert: On the Passing of Poets

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 03.18.2014 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

Weeks of hard work, revision and practice have gone into creating a blockbuster group poem of Detroit pride, affirmation, social critique -- a manifesto of youthful determination and hope for a better future, no matter what.

iO and the DIA: The Debt and the Gift of Art

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 11.17.2013 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

Through working closely with writers and seeing their work in publications, it is my hope that our young people come away with a sense of their readers, a sense that there is someone there for them, like we are for Keats, on the other side of the page.

Brave New Voices, Detroit to Chicago and the World

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 10.08.2013 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

August 7, 2013: The first thing that I heard on my car radio this morning was our public radio station WDET sounding the call to support Detroit's Br...

GET VERSED With the Youth of InsideOut

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 07.21.2013 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

Shakespeare? Jazz? Poetry? Radio broadcasting? Vocal music? Video production? Yes, yes, and more yesses. All of these are coming soon, summer into fall, to Detroit teens through the Detroit School of Arts.

Poetry's Lasting Impact

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 05.15.2013 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

I marvel at this impact, more than seven years later, but it only confirms my belief that over time, for even one hour a week, poetry can open the hearts and minds of young people.

Beautiful in Their Resilience: Youth Voices of Detroit, Revealed

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 05.23.2012 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

I have long felt that our students have a somewhat different relationship to their city than children in other parts of the country, that they take Detroit as their muse and that the city actually becomes a character in their work.