Uniting the Youth and Raising Awareness Through Art

Our Mission: The Diatribe uses performing arts to empower young people to share their stories, raise awareness of social issues, and create change within their communities.

Click Here to Donate to the 1000Journals campaign.

What We Do

Led by a group of nontraditional teaching artists, the Diatribe facilitates after-school programs, assemblies, and creative writing workshops rooted in poetry. By partnering with schools and prominent organizations in West Michigan, we empower students to tackle large societal issues such as fair housing practices, toxic masculinity, and racism while also providing them the space to have conversations surrounding mental health awareness, identity, grief, and loss.

We use assemblies to lift students up, show them that they can be transparent and that they can use their story to empower other people. Workshops are a time for students to dissect the different social issues that they and their peers face. Students learn to harness the power of radical vulnerability as they share their stories in a rhetorically compelling way.

Thoughtful listening student
Man recording student
Student speaking expressively
Student and tech guy taking selfie
Student listening

Meet the Tribe

Read their Comic Stories

Portrait icon of Fable The Poet

Marcel ‘Fable’ Price

Portrait Icon of Rachel Gleason


Portrait Icon of Jocelyn Barnes

Jocelyn Barnes

Portrait Icon of AutoPilot


Portrait Icon of Michaelyn


Portrait Icon of KFG


Diatribe Logo

Contact/Booking: info@thediatribe.org

We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations.

epic + KCAD logo

Site Design by KCAD students & faculty as part of the EPIC Project.

Our Grand Rapids Community Foundation logo
Spectrum Health Logo
Fair Housing Center of West Michigan logo
Weg Foundation logo
South Town Logo
Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs logo
Frey foundation logo
carnevale logo
Poetry foundation logo
Lowell Arts Logo
Steelcase Foundation logo
National Endowment for the Arts Logo
Garfeild Park Neighborhood Association logo