insidewink Interview x Diane Luby Lane

Here is insidewink’s Brad Koepenick in conversation with Get Lit’s Diane Luby Lane on how GET LIT moves students to share their “truths” to create change in the world using the power of the spoken word.

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PBS x Get Lit

Five Get Lit Poets collaborate with PBS SoCal | KCET to create common Core-aligned mini-lessons for learning both inside and outside the classroom!

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Get Lit Minute | Paul Laurence Dunbar

In this week's episode of the Get Lit Minute, your weekly poetry podcast, we spotlight Paul Laurence Dunbar!

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Get Lit Minute | Langston Hughes

In this week’s episode of the Get Lit Minute, your weekly poetry podcast, we spotlight American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist, Langston Hughes.

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Mila Cuda x Boston Globe

Get Lit Poet, Mila Cuda, recognized for their talent both on screen and behind the scenes!

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Get Lit Minute | June Jordan

In this week's episode of the Get Lit Minute, your weekly poetry podcast, we spotlight Jamaican American poet, essayist, teacher, and activist, June Jordan. Included in this episode is a reading of her poem, “A Short Note to My Very Critical and Well-Beloved Friends and Comrades.”

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Get Lit Poets x L.A. Times

It's official, our Get Lit Poets and the movie Summertime are putting spoken word back into the spotlight. Read the full review and impact of this incredible project. Bring spoken word to a school near you!

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Kelly Marie Tran Poet Transformation

Actress and Summertime Movie producer Kelly Marie Tran has added “Poet” to her list of occupations. Inspired by her experience with our Get Lit Poets and the Summertime Movie, Tran embarked an a personal journey to master the art of poetry.

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Summertime x KCRW

Our Get Lit Poets were recently featured in an article by KCRW. Learn how 27 of our poets inspired the production of this epic film about life and art in Los Angeles.

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Los Angeles Teachers honored at Summertime Movie Premiere!

Get Lit – Words Ignite, the LA based nonprofit that fuses classic and spoken word poetry to increase teen literacy on the page and in visual media, has partnered with Good Deed Entertainment and Tiger Tales Media to host a private screening of the film SUMMERTIME, as a thank you to teachers across the Los Angeles area.

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Get Lit Minute: Krysten Hill | “Nothing”

In this week's episode of the Get Lit Minute, your weekly poetry podcast, we spotlight the life and work of poet Krysten Hill. She received her MFA in poetry from the University of Massachusetts Boston, where she currently teaches and is the recipient of the 2016 St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award and 2020 Mass Cultural Council Poetry Fellowship.

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The Get Lit Summertime Block Party!!!

What's more Get Lit than Summertime!? What's more Summertime than a block party!? What's more block party than You + hundreds of your closest poet pals!?

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Get Lit In New Yorker Feature About Community

n the New Yorker’s recent American Chronicle’s article, they discuss communal living, togetherness, and what it means to come home.

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Get Lit Minute: Terrance Hayes | “George Floyd”

In this week's episode of the Get Lit Minute, your weekly poetry podcast, we spotlight American poet and educator, Terrance Hayes. His 2010 collection, Lighthead, won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2010. Listen now via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Buzzsprout.

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Get Lit Minute: Rita Dove | "Heart to Heart"

In this week's episode of the Get Lit Minute, your weekly poetry podcast, we spotlight American poet and essayist Rita Dove. From 1993 to 1995, she served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. She is the first African American to have been appointed since the position was created by an act of Congress in 1986 from the previous "consultant in poetry" position

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Amazon Smile/Kroger

Did you know that you can support Get Lit anytime you shop with Amazon or go grocery shopping at Ralph’s?

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Get Lit x LA Times

The Los Angeles Times covers the Classic Slam and how Get Lit has helped LA youth develop their poetry and their voices. Featuring quotes from Nia Lewis, Khamal Iwuanyanwu, and Mila Cuda.

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MARIANNE WILLIAMSON – HOPE RISING INTRO

We’re so honored that Marianne Williamson introduced Get Lit and the wonderful voices of Get Lit Players Cassady Lopez and Tyris Winters to perform a poem by Kathy Eldon for the “Hope Rising” book launch!

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2021 PROGRAMMING

Get Lit’s Pilot 1 Intro To Film Class: February 28th for 12 Weeks (Free) Sundays 10 am-1 pm PST Apply here. Through this free virtual 10-week Workshop Program, filmmakers ages 13-19 will learn to collaborate with other young filmmakers and meet professionals from the creative industry while learning the fundamentals of the art, craft, and business of independent filmmaking. Contact jamaal@getlit.org with any questions.

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SUMMERTIME MOVIE TRAILER & POETRY BOOK

The official “Summertime” movie trailer is OUT! Thanks so much to Good Deed Entertainment for helping us bring our spoken word film to you all. “Summertime” is an American comedy-drama film directed by Carlos López Estrada, the director of Blindspotting, and features a day in the life of 25 young poets from Get Lit.

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GABBY WILSON H.E.R. & AMANDA GORMAN

Classic Slam alumni Gabby Wilson and Amanda Gorman performed at the Super Bowl LV, with Amanda Gorman being the first U.S. Youth Poet Laureate to perform at a Super Bowl event.

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2021 CLASSIC SLAM PREVIEW

Check out our Classic Slam artwork! We are excited to announce this year’s 10th annual Classic Slam will be held on April 29th thru May 1st. The Classic Slam is the largest youth classic poetry festival in the world featuring acclaimed authors and poets as our students compete against each other for school spirit and college scholarships. It’s a wild and raucous celebration of youth wisdom and power! Visit https://www.getlit.org/event/classic-slam for more info.

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HARPERS BAZAAR

Both Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan surprised a group of youth poets as part of the educational group Get Lit – Words Ignite, a Los Angeles–based poetry curriculum taught in more than 100 L.A. schools. For the appearance, the duke and duchess kept things cool and casual while chatting with students about the importance of poetry in culture.

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DAILY MAIL

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle said they would add a Joni Mitchell song to their ‘dinner playlist’ after a teenager recommended it to them during an online poetry class at the weekend.The Duke, 36, and Duchess of Sussex, 39, were the guests of honor during a digital event organized by poetry group Get Lit in honor of Black History Month, during which Meghan ‘shared some of her favorite lines’ with the aspiring performers, while Harry expressed a keen ‘interest’ in poetry.

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Get Lit Featured on NBCLA

Thank you so much to NBC LA for featuring our team and poets last night! Interested in joining a program? We have a free youth writing class, our Emerging Writers Fellowship, and youth film class, Pilot 1: Intro to Film, starting soon!‍Support our programming here.

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ELLE

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have spent the past two months largely out of the spotlight, living their lives privately in their Montecito home, where they’ve been quarantining during the coronavirus pandemic with their one-year-old son Archie. But this afternoon, details about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first surprise event of 2021 emerged: The couple crashed one of Get Lit, a youth poetry organization’s, Zoom poetry classes.

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HELLO

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have made their first appearance this year – when they completely surprised a poetry class over the weekend.Prince Harry and Meghan Markle took the time out to honor Black History Month and show their support for Get Lit, which is a literary group that describes its work as empowering youth and emboldening communities.

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PEOPLE

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are talking poetry! The couple made a surprise appearance in honor of Black History Month on Saturday, joining a virtual poetry class with Get Lit, an organization that promotes literacy and empowers young people through poetry.

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TOWN & COUNTRY

Poetry is having a real moment in American pop culture. Last night, Amanda Gorman became the first poet in history to recite an original work at the Super Bowl, sharing a piece that highlighted the work of the game’s honorary captains. (Of course, her performance came just a few weeks after the National Youth Poet Laureate stole the show at Joe Biden’s inauguration with her poem: “The Hill We Climb.”)

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