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.
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.
Like most Detroiters, I have a special fondness for Belle Isle. I've lived close to the Detroit River since 2005, and even when I don't walk or bike on the island or enjoy the solitude, which I do fairly often, knowing that our island sanctuary is there provides respite to the soul.
Poverty is personal, and I'm afraid both parties this year are missing a huge opportunity to spotlight this deep problem and offer actual, creative solutions to it. Here are some people and organizations the Republicans and Democrats could learn from.
Declining, desperate Detroit is old news. It's not that the city's economic woes, struggling schools, racial friction and crime have been magically solved. But there are new stories to tell about Detroit today.
The joy of Get Versed, the enthusiasm of a wonderfully diverse audience and the incredible confidence from the children is a testament to everyone who loves them, to InsideOut's poets and staff, and to the healing power of poetry.
A snobberie, a soire, a sassy fashion gathering, a sip, a shop and a salute -- all of this, as well as a whole lot of poetry, will be going on Thursday, Feb. 23 in Rachel Lutz's remarkable Peacock Room in Detroit's Park Shelton Hotel.
Here's to you young Detroit innovators, gamechangers, and aspiring changemakers: Embrace the possibility of success, ignore the haters and naysayers, and continue to forge your own path... you are the future of this city.
Pop-up beer gardens, art galleries, and commonplace notions that public transportation should endure have all happened in Detroit recently. Quite frankly, none of these activities should be deemed as a monumental occurrence.