POETIC CONVERGENCE

Get Lit's Poetic Convergence is a convening of educators, student leaders, arts champions, and poetic giants for a full day of workshops, panels, and breakout sessions to forge and strengthen bonds between students, teachers, schools, and communities.

Each participating Get Lit school can bring up to 6 educators and student leaders.

where & when

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1

8:30 - 4 PM

2022 KEYNOTE WORKSHOPS

FRANNY CHOI

Franny Choi is a queer, Korean-American writer. Her most recent book is Soft Science (Alice James Books, 2019), which was a Nylon Best Book of 2019, was awarded the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s Elgin Award in 2020, and was a finalist for awards from Lambda Literary, Publishing Triangle, and the Massachusetts Center for the Book. Choi is also the author of the chapbook Death By Sex Machine (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017) and the debut collection Floating, Brilliant, Gone (Write Bloody Publishing, 2019). Her next book is The World Keeps Ending, and the World Goes On, forthcoming from HarperCollins (November 2022).

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PAUL TRAN

Paul Tran is the author of the debut poetry collection, All the Flowers Kneeling, published by Penguin in the US and the UK. Their work appears in The New Yorker, Harper's Bazaar, Best American Poetry, and elsewhere. A recipient of the Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prize, as well as fellowships from the Poetry Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts, Paul is the first Asian American since 1993—and first transgender poet ever—to win the Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam, placing top 10 at the Individual World Poetry Slam and top 2 at the National Poetry Slam. Paul has taught at Washington University in St. Louis and Stanford University. They're currently an Assistant Professor of English and Asian American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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JOSÉ OLIVAREZ

José Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants. His debut book of poems, Citizen Illegal, was a finalist for the PEN/ Jean Stein Award and a winner of the 2018 Chicago Review of Books Poetry Prize. It was named a top book of 2018 by The Adroit Journal, NPR, and the New York Public Library. Along with Felicia Chavez and Willie Perdomo, he co-edited the poetry anthology, The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNEXT.

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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.

Kelly Grace Thomas Vojdani

Kelly Grace Thomas Vojdani

Director of Education & Pedagogy
Employee
Why I Rise Judge
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Raul Herrera

Raul Herrera

Associate Director of Programming
Employee
Poet
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Laurie Kurnick

Laurie Kurnick

Manager of Education
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Tiffany Snow

Tiffany Snow

Education Coordinator
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Dharma Lemon

Dharma Lemon

Teaching Artist
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Brian Sonia-Wallace

Brian Sonia-Wallace

Teaching Artist
Classic Slam Judge 2022
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faq

What is the Poetic Convergence?

The Poetic Convergence is a one-day convening of teachers, student leaders, arts champions, and poetic giants for the purpose of creating and sustaining poetic communities inside Los Angeles county schools and their neighborhoods. The Poetic Convergence offers attendees interactive workshops, engaging keynotes, and open mics to build community and creativity among our schools. Join us to transform the educational experiences and outcomes of our youth.

Who can attended the Poetic Convergence?

Schools who participate in the Get Lit Curriculum are welcome to bring up to 6 participants. We would like to welcome a mix of student leaders and educators with no more than 4 student leaders per school. Students must be accompanied by educators.

Our school doesn’t have the Get Lit curriculum- can we still attend?

If you’re interested in joining us but don’t teach Get Lit yet, please reach out to Andrea@GetLit.org.

What is the cost for the Poetic Convergence?

Schools who participate in the Get Lit Curriculum or are invited as guests can attend for free.

Can I attend if I am not a teacher or student?

Unfortunately, this event is only open to schools. Please check out Get Lit’s other events that are open to the public.

Is food included?

Yes! We will be serving complimentary breakfast and lunch.

Where do we park for the Poetic Convergence?

There is complimentary parking in the underground garage at the Skirball Cultural Center.