• About Riverwise
  • Who
  • Why
  • What We Need

About Riverwise




‘Riverwise’ is a community-based magazine created by a team of authors, writers, photojournalists, parents, grandparents, students, organizers, activists, artists, educators and visionaries.
We are working together to create media that reflects local activism and the profound new work being done in and around Detroit neighborhoods.
We envision deepening relationships through media that serve as an essential part of weaving beloved communities.
We celebrate personal Detroit stories and the process of evolving ideas.


It is often said that we live in two Detroits– one affluent, the other neglected. We know there are many versions of Detroit and in some communities there is a striving toward self-determination and new, visionary ways of life. It is our goal through this publication to show these efforts that are rooted in community, sustainable, transformative and based upon new forms of citizenship.
Detroit is a movement city. And our movements need creative media. By sharing resources and encouraging open participation of engaged citizens, especially people of color, ‘Riverwise’ shall help us to examine our own personal and political contradictions and generate lasting solutions.

What We Need

‘Riverwise’ needs your stories of resilience, visionary resistance, place-based education, self-determination and sustainable, creative ways of transforming yourselves and your communities.
Please contact us with article ideas and notice of programs taking place in your neighborhood. We’ll do our best to follow up.
Or submit an article, personal anecdote, poem, interview, photo, illustration of your own for our next edition of ‘Riverwise’. We will do what we can to tell your stories. We won’t be able to print them all. Some articles may also be printed in the Living For Change Newsletter put out by the James and Grace Lee Boogs Center to Nurture Community Leadership. Submissions should not be more than 2,500 words long and may be edited for content and/or space. They should also include contact information and proper credits and affiliations. Send digital submissions to ‘riverwisedetroit@gmail.com’. Hard copies may be sent to 3061 Field St., Detroit, Michigan, 48214.
The Riverwise collective also invites you to host a Riverwise community conversation. We hope to regularly discuss the direction of the magazine, story ideas and the future of our emerging Detroit communities with all interested parties.