Citywide Poets present The Cypher

Join members of Citywide Poets, a literary community for young people who participate in intensive artistic mentorship, publication, and performance opportunities to explore their lives through the written and spoken word, as they compete head-to-head for the title of hip-hop supremacy. Featuring renown Detroit emcees as judges, the young artists will engage in a 3-round tournament, putting their written, freestyle, and crowd-moving skills to the test in this family-friendly event. The event will culminate with an informal cypher where audience members will be invited to pick up the mic.

Not a member of Citywide Poets but would like to test your skills? Limited spots are available for participants, please email Ben Alfaro at to register.

This event is in conjunction with the DIA's special exhibition D-Cyphered: Portraits by Jenny Risher on view now through February 18.

Detroit Institute of Awesome!  is supported by your tri county millage investment in the DIA. General admission is free for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties