FIND YOUR
VOICE
FIND YOUR
Power

Los Angeles-based nonprofit Get Lit ignites student engagement, literacy, and young voices around the globe using the power of Spoken Word, technology, and community.

Spoken Word programs and curricula that ignite student voice in the classroom and beyond.

**All of our curricula satisfies the VAPA state standards and the "F" designation in A - G requirements!**

get involved

Whether you’re into poetry, film, or music, Get Lit has a place for you: free Drop-In poetry classes, the Poetic Screenwriters Lab, Mixtape Masterclass, and so much more.

classic slam 2024

This two-day event is ONE OF the largest Poetry SlamS in the world!

Join hundreds of young poets from schools throughout California as we come together to perform Classic poems and original Spoken Word Response pieces, live, for a panel of esteemed judges.

April 18th and April 20th

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Need Ethnic Studies Curricula?

Get Lit’s VOICES IN VERSE is one of only 11 Ethnic Studies curricula approved by LAUSD. Get the curricula that teachers love and students are constantly requesting!

  • Approved for use in LAUSD
  • Spoken Word poetry-based lessons that excite and engage students
  • UC-approved, Common Core aligned
  • Packed with hundreds of peer-led video lessons and poems by BIPOC artists
  • Includes access to our online learning platform
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Join the Creative Lab

DECEMBER 16, 12pm

Calling all creative teens in Southern California! Interested in poetry, screenwriting, podcasting, graphic design, filmmaking, music production, DJing, or performance? Get Lit’s Creative Lab is your chance to learn from some of the top professionals in the field, explore career pathways in the creative arts, and collaborate with other artistic youth. And since it’s in partnership with Anderson .Paak’s initiative .Paak House, there will be some very exciting opportunities throughout 2024! Come join us on December 16th for the kickoff party!

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celebrate mental health

In conjunction with Take Action LA and The LA County Department of Mental Health, we are celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month with this special playlist highlighting the power of poetry and expression of young Angelenos. Watch as they step into their power and make their voices heard, embracing their well being and taking control of their lives and their futures.

GET LIT's year in review

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CLASSIC SLAM

APRIL 22
7:00 PM PDT

Thousands of students attended the 12th annual Classic Slam over the course of a few days, and almost all of the attending students hadn't been out on a field trip since the pandemic began!

Congratulations to our top scoring poet of the night, Ashley Tahay; our top middle school team, GALA Middle School, and our winning school: Mark Keppel High School!

Thank you to everyone, from teachers to judges, from attendees to the students who poured out their souls on the stage. And thank YOU for your support for the work at Get Lit, which goes on all year, but culminates in this week. We are truly grateful.

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THE GALA

DECEMBER 2, 6:30pm

Join us for a night of dinner, sips, Spoken Word, and sparkling inspiration with Anderson .Paak, National Youth Poet Laureate Salome Agbaroji, a silent auction and (of course) a few special surprises!

Tickets are selling fast — we look forward to seeing you there.

CALLING ALL CREATIVEs age 12-19

December 16

This is your moment.  Get Lit, in partnership with Anderson .Paak's initiative .Paak House, is bringing you opportunities to collab, learn, and grow with some of the top creative professionals in Los Angeles.  

Into poetry, performance, filmmaking, music production, and more? We got you.

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THE LATEST

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Jan 15, 2024

For Martin Luther King Jr. Day, The Talk featured GLP Marlee Porter and her original Spoken Word poem “A Dream Realized.”

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Dec 18, 2023

Get Lit Player Marlee Porter's original poem highlighted in Fox TV For All holiday campaign!

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Dec 9, 2023

Young Hollywood put the spotlight on Get Lit and our annual Gala, along with an interview of Get Lit's founder Diane Luby Lane and info about Get Lit's new Creative Lab!

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Dec 8, 2023

The Gala was one of the week's biggest Hollywood premieres, parties and openings.

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Dec 4, 2023

Watch the red carpet interviews of Anderson .Paak, Get Lit board member Geffri Maya, and LAUSD Superintendent Carvahlo!

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Nov 20, 2023

Get Lit’s 13th Annual GALA Sparks Literary Fire with Anderson .Paak, WME, and Vans in the Limelight

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Nov 10, 2023

We’re the 2023 Outstanding Nonprofit Organization for this year’s National Philanthropy Day LA Celebration!

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Nov 1, 2023

Diane Luby Lane traveled to Washington D.C. to accept the Successful Practices Honoree Award from the Library of Congress on behalf of Get Lit.

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Oct 26, 2023

This year, Ethnic Studies is becoming a graduation requirement for LAUSD – and Get Lit’s Voices in Verse curriculum is leading the charge!

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Oct 8, 2023

The Poetic Convergence was a beautiful day of writing, workshopping, watching, and performing poetry featuring panels, workshops, and more by renowned poets.

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Sep 18, 2023

Directed and produced by Jordan W. Barrow and Matt Edwards, “Our Words Collide” highlights teenage Spoken Word poets Tyris Winter, Cassady Lopez, Jason Alvarez, Virginia Villalta, and Amari Turner.

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Sep 8, 2023

Get Lit was just honored with the Library of Congress Literacy Award for our implementation of successful practices in literacy promotion through the Uni(verse) platform!

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Jul 30, 2023

Get Lit Founder, Diane Luby Lane, shares a message with the Get Lit community.

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Jul 1, 2023

Congratulations to former Get Lit Player Sierra Leone Anderson, awarded by the YPL selection committee the title of Youth Poet Laureate of Los Angeles!

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Apr 28, 2023

Congratulations to the 2023 National Youth Poet Laureate, Salome Agbaroji! We are so proud of her journey in Spoken Word, from her first entry in the Why I Rise competition to performing for the likes of the Golden Globes, the Los Angeles Rams, the Mayor’s office, Vans, and more.

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