ABOUT
GET LIT

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.

WHO WE ARE

Get Lit’s staff has a breadth of knowledge, experience, expertise, and credentials in the fields of education, poetry, literature, film, media, performing arts, development, and arts administration.

Jasmine Minchez

Jasmine Minchez

Teaching Artist
Current GLP
Poet
Employee
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Diane Luby Lane

Diane Luby Lane

Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Employee
Board of Director
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Mason Granger

Mason Granger

Deputy Director
Employee
New Event Judge Role
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Brandon Santiago

Brandon Santiago

Chief Growth Officer
Employee
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Raul Herrera

Raul Herrera

Director of Programming
Employee
Poet
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Peter Davis

Peter Davis

Head of Technology
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Laurie Kurnick

Laurie Kurnick

Manager of Education
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Andrea Torres

Andrea Torres

Executive Assistant
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Mila Cuda

Mila Cuda

Manager of Curricula
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Lauren Beebe

Lauren Beebe

Manager of Communications
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Leslie Poliak

Leslie Poliak

Director of Strategic Partnerships
Employee
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Sofia D'Annunzio

Sofia D'Annunzio

Media Production Manager
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Shamikah Martinez

Shamikah Martinez

Head of Screenwriting & Teaching Artist
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Austin Antoine

Austin Antoine

Head of Music Production
Employee
Poet
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Aman Batra

Aman Batra

Teaching Artist and GLP Coach
Employee
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Tiffany Snow

Tiffany Snow

Head of Performance & Teaching Artist
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Dharma Lemon

Dharma Lemon

Teaching Artist & GLP Coach
Employee
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Ella Zomber

Ella Zomber

Content Coordinator
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Jazmine Aluma

Jazmine Aluma

Teaching Artist
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Angela Oliver

Angela Oliver

Teaching Artist
Employee
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Alex Alpharaoh

Alex Alpharaoh

Head of Filmmaking
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Christian Perfas

Christian Perfas

Teaching Artist
Employee
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Darian Dauchan

Darian Dauchan

Teaching Artist
Employee
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Camila Grases

Camila Grases

Teaching Artist
Employee
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Mike Merchant

Mike Merchant

Teaching Artist (Music Department)
Employee
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Erica Almond

Erica Almond

Teaching Artist
Employee
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Jason Benefield

Jason Benefield

Teaching Artist
Employee
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Celia Douglas

Celia Douglas

Teaching Artist
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WHAT WE DO – AND WHY

Our Story

Get Lit – Words Ignite was founded in 2006 in Los Angeles by Diane Luby Lane to increase literacy, empower youth, and energize communities through poetry. Get Lit began with a show that Diane toured with internationally celebrated poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, turning it into a curriculum which transformed youth into poets, leaders, and scholars.

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Curriculum

Get Lit has created several standards-aligned course offerings based on the revolutionary Get Lit Model. Students claim a poem that speaks to them, perform it and then write their own spoken word response, speaking back to share their own story!

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Programs & Events

Get Lit offers in-school and after-school programs, summer camps, competitions, a performance troupe, leadership and job training, and a media content and production studio.

Partnerships

We have deep partnerships with mission-aligned organizations including LAUSD, Turnaround Arts, L.A. County Dept. of Mental Health, Sankofa, Heart of Los Angeles, The United Nations, and The Writers Guild.

Partnerships

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HELP US REACH OUR GOAL

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