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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.

Get lit presents: a certain kind of fire

may 31, 8pm @ UCLA nimoy theater

In his last speech, speaking of his unyielding pursuit of change in the face of uncertain times, Dr. King once said, "There is a certain kind of fire that no water can put out." Today, we are once again at that point in history—a movement towards change—and once again, it is young people proving to be an unstoppable force when they have change in sight. Come, witness their certain kind of fire.

Get Lit-Words Ignite Presents: A Certain Kind of Fire @ UCLA Nimoy Theater → Join us at UCLA Nimoy Theater, where Get Lit- Words Ignite and CAP UCLA  present a night of immersive storytelling through music, spoken word and film.

Come celebrate the most talented emerging artists alongside Get Lit's internationally acclaimed roster of Spoken Word performers. This partnership between UCLA Nimoy Theater and Get Lit-Words Ignite promises an unforgettable experience and bold artistic expression. Don't miss out—reserve your FREE seats now for an evening that will leave you inspired and ignited.

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classic slam 2024

finals: APRIL 20, 6-9PM

This two-day event is one of the largest poetry slams in the country!

Join talented 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.

Doors open at 5PM for Classic Slam Finals.

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ethnic studies curriculum!

Lausd-approved, standards aligned

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 Uni(verse)
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FREE SUMMER CAMP FOR CREATIVE teens

This is your moment.

Get Lit, in partnership with Anderson .Paak's initiative .Paak House, is bringing young artists (age 12-19) 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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GET LIT's year in review

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Apr 23, 2024

OUR WORDS COLLIDE documentary about Get Lit youth poets is now available to rent or own on all cable, satellite and digital platforms including Prime Video and Apple TV!

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Apr 23, 2024

The Los Angeles Times featured Get Lit in their recent article all about the 'Our Words Collide' documentary and the Classic Slam.

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Apr 15, 2024

Get Lit was featured in a new article from national publication EdSource about our work in literacy education.

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Apr 13, 2024

Get Lit Founder and CEO Diane Luby Lane appeared on iHeart Radio's KFI Featured Segments to share about the Classic Slam.

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Mar 19, 2024

Get Lit was announced as a $1 million awardee from MacKenzie Scott's Yield Giving Open Call.

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Mar 15, 2024

We are thrilled to share the details of the amazing year we had, all thanks to YOU: our community, our donors, and all of our awesome poets, educators, and volunteers.

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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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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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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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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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Aug 19, 2022

In the second of ABC 7's two-part series on Get Lit, reporter Anabel Munoz interviews founder Diane Luby Lane, student poets, teacher Jeanetta Wolfe and poet Luis Rodriguez about the transformative power of poetry and Uni(verse).

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