Brian Sonia-Wallace

Teaching Artist


Brian Sonia-Wallace is the Manager of Education at Get Lit, building on 12 years of experience as a teaching artist and poet. Brian started off writing poems on a typewriter for strangers on the street, and accidentally started his own company, RENT Poet, as featured on NPR’s How I Built This. Brian has been hired as a poet by tech companies and governments, written for The Guardian and Rolling Stone, and been the Poet-in-Residence for Mall of America, Amtrak Trains, and the National Parks. His first book of essays, Dustbowl Nation (Harper Collins 2020), tracks his journey with a typewriter to find humanity at the margins of America. A native Angeleno, Brian regularly lectures on poetry and performance at UCLA, and teaches as a guest artist at 50+ K-12 schools throughout LA County.

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