Kelly Grace Thomas Vojdani

Director of Education & Pedagogy


KELLY GRACE THOMAS is the Director of Education and Pedagogy for Get Lit- Words Ignite. She has a degree in Writing, Literature and Publishing from Emerson College, as well as a Masters in Education from National University. She taught high English for ten years, five of which she used the Get Lit Curriculum, which transformed her teaching practice and relationship to students. Kelly is a three-time poetry slam championship coach and the co-author of Words Ignite: Explore, Write and Perform, Classic and Spoken Word Poetry (Literary Riot), currently taught in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Kelly is the winner of the 2020 Jane Underwood Poetry Prize, 2017 Neil Postman Award for Metaphor from Rattle, and multiple pushcart prize nominee. Her first full-length collection, Boat Burned, was released with YesYes Books in January 2020. Kelly’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in: Best New Poets 2019, Los Angeles Review, Redivider, Nashville Review, Muzzle, DIAGRAM, and more. Kelly has received fellowships from Tin House Winter Workshop, Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing, San Diego Area Writing Project, and the Kenyon Review Young Writers. Kelly and her sister, Kat Thomas, won Best Feature Length Screenplay at the Portland Comedy Film Festival for their romantic comedy, Magic Little Pills. Kelly lives in the Bay Area with her husband and daughter Nova.

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