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Poetry Matters: How InsideOut Can Save the World

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 11.12.2015 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

This week I couldn't have been prouder to discover not one, but FOUR iO grantees among the winners in the latest round of Detroit Knight Arts Challenge grants.

Coming Full Circle

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 06.05.2015 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

June 5, 2015. Later today I will attend one of over two dozen, year-end, in-school galas that are underway in InsideOut schools across Detroit. Each year at this time, iO students' eyes light up as they gather in their school cafeterias or auditoriums or libraries to open their beautiful books and find their words and their names for the first time.

Poetry Month 2014: We Need Writers So We Can Continue to Exist

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 04.22.2014 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

We're past the halfway mark, but happy Poetry Month, anyway. It's still April after all. And while taxes (for most of us) are done, poetry is still going strong.

Detroit Children Tell Us "Where Poetry Lives" -- on PBS NewsHour

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 01.23.2014 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

In the eyes of some, such as CBS's 60 Minutes, we are led to believe Detroit is akin to "Mogadishu.'' But I am proud that our work, and that of so many other committed Detroiters, paints a truer picture.

A Whirl of a Week in Words

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 06.22.2013 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

A poem in your pocket? A poem in your mind or heart? I'm happy to report that here in Detroit, The Word is thriving, and for this poet, as National Poetry Month comes to a close, it's been a whirl of a Week in Words.

Celebrate Poetry Month: Dream of Your Dreams

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 06.01.2013 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

It must be no accident that National Poetry Month starts on April 1st, because what are poems but a fine foolery, or a fine frenzy as Theseus would have it, in Act V of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

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.

Bravery Beyond Words

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 02.16.2013 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

Like educators around the country, I feel that Sandy Hook Elementary is my school and its children are my children. In our calls for action, we must take care of our souls and remember that while they may not solve, words can be a balm during hard times.

Get Ready to GET VERSED

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 07.17.2012 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

The care we give children is returned tenfold by our young people, and their talents and generous hearts will make a better world for us all.

Speak Poetry, Speak Peace

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 07.07.2012 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

This city, long thought too tough, is suddenly looking for solace and solutions in the art of arranging language through image, metaphor and music to capture the heart's inner song.

Detroit's 'Finest' Authors, All In One Place

The Huffington Post | David Sands | Posted 03.21.2012 | Detroit

College students studying the works of Detroit writers Bill Harris, Dorene O'Brien and Peter Markus will soon have a chance to meet them in person. ...

No Song Left Unsung

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 02.11.2012 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

At InsideOut Literary Arts Project we witness each day the way the voices of Detroit's young people strengthen our community. The backbone of InsideOut is a cadre of dedicated creative writers who help them find their songs and tell their stories.