Over the last 11 years, the InsideOut Literary Arts Project has nourished
and published countless young writers. InsideOut inspired The City Wide Poets
group and sponsors poetry slams and similar events around the city. All in all,
a pretty impressive resume for a non-profit.
M. Blackhawk, PhD. started InsideOut after being approached by Bob Shaye from
the Four Friends Foundation. A native Detroiter, Shaye was looking for a way to
give back to the community, and found in Blackhawk, an author and former teacher,
just the right person for this unique program. Originally, InsideOut sponsored
writers to teach creative writing in five inner city schools. Today InsideOut
reaches out to 25 elementary, middle, and high schools in the city, each publishing
an anthology at the end of the year. Students learn every detail of the publishing
process, right down to the Graphic Design of the cover.
Director Robert Fanning orchestrates the school anthology publishing and trains
resident writers, usually college students with an interest in the creative process.
Supported by a talented and hard working staff of artists, writers, graphic designers,
and office administrators, Fanning heads up special events for the program.
Amid paying office rent and salaries, InsideOut manages to publish
and print 350 anthologies per school. Where do they get the money for all of this?
Local businesses and foundations-The Skillman Foundation, Ford Motor Company Fund,
Bank One, and the Four Friends Foundation, to name a few-all found the project
worthy of sponsorship.
With strong community support the InsideOut
Literary Arts Project has thrived over the last decade and will continue to inspire
writers in the years to come.
Eric Novack, Editor
You can learn more about InsideOut at www.insideoutdetroit.org.
this month, thedetroiter.com is proud to collaborate with the folks
at InsideOut Literary Arts Project to bring a new feature to these
. Kid Lit!