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

where & when


8:30 - 4 PM



Sam Sax is the author of the poetry collections PIG (Scribner, 2023); bury it (Wesleyan University Press, 2018), winner of the James Laughlin Award; madness (Penguin, 2017), winner of the National Poetry Series and selected by Terrance Hayes; and four chapbooks. They earned a BA from Oberlin College and an MFA in poetry from the University of Texas at Austin. They have received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Lambda Literary, and Stanford University.Sax is a two-time Bay Area Grand Slam Champion. They have won a Gulf Coast Prize, an Iowa Review Award, and an American Literary Award. Their poems have appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Granta, and other journals. In 2018, sax was awarded a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. They currently work as a lecturer in the ITALIC Program at Stanford University.



Angélica Maria

Angélica Maria is a Chicana writer & musician from the San Fernando Valley, CA. She was a finalist of the National Poetry Slam 2017 amongst the top 400 competing poets within the U.S, Australia and Canada. She also ranked in the top 10 of women poets in the country in 2019 for the Women of the World Poetry Slam. Her work has been featured on Button Poetry, Tedx, Facebook, and in 2021 she was hired to write the first Spanglish poem for a national sports team. The campaign aired on national television for The USL Women's Soccer League's National Campaign, in collaboration with Puma. Her most recent project is a poetic Spanglish musical EP, Dulzura, which releases on October 15th, funded in part by Creative Capital and produced by an all Mexican women band and orchestra in Mexico City.



Join us in the morning for a compelling panel discussion about Ethnic Studies and its place in our schools. How might we involve the arts, especially writing and poetry? How do we demonstrate to our students the crucial role that literature has played in history and social movements, from Claude McKay in 1919 to Rodolfo Gonzalez in 1967? What are the best ways to encourage their critical thinking and support their voices? 

Our panel will include poets and scholars F. Douglas Brown, from Loyola HS, winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize, renowned author Luis J. Rodriguez, poet and educator Mike Sonksen, and Dr. Amrah Salomón, Ethnic Studies professor from UC Santa Barbara. Bring your own questions and ideas, broad or specific, or simply listen to some deep consideration of history and poetry, and the strength and controversy surrounding this good idea for the students of California.

This panel was supported by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.


TOASTER is the Co creator of Big Kid Slam, a poetry slam invested in centering marginalized voices and terrible prizes. TOASTER has competed at every level of poetry slam, most recently competing as an Individual World Poetry Slam finalist. Their work can be found on Button Poetry, All Def Digital, Sofar Sounds and National Public Radio.


Workshops with:

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.

Laurie Kurnick

Laurie Kurnick

Manager of Education
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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
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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 attend 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 at your school yet, please reach out to Andrea@GetLit.org.

How much does the Poetic Convergence cost?

FREE to schools who participate in the Get Lit Curriculum or are invited as guests. Schools that are not in the Get Lit network will pay an entry fee - reach out to Laurie@GetLit.org to inquire.

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.