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Detroit Youth Poetry

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!

Sacred Woman: The Generations Continue

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 07.13.2014 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

It's the Saturday before Mother's Day, 2014, and I am listening for happily the third or fourth time to iO's Arzelia Williams interview and poem "Sacr...

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.

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.

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.

With a Pen in My Hand, I Can

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 01.20.2013 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

I've seen what happens when you put a pen in a child's hand. It's like a match to the imagination. The beauty and bravery that come forth in poems is simply breathtaking.

Passing It On

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 07.10.2012 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

As teachers, we touch many lives. Sometimes we know the effect, but often we do not. When I received an email from a former InsideOut student, now a Teach for America trainee, I had the pleasure of spreading the word to a very special teacher.

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.