Get Lit was founded in 2006 after Diane Luby Lane created a one-woman show about the power of words and toured colleges with iconic Chicano poet Jimmy Santiago Baca. After the show closed, she couldn’t bear the thought of cutting off the work completely. She started teaching classic and spoken word poetry in two high schools, Fairfax and Walt Whitman. When the semester ended... the students wouldn’t leave. They insisted on meeting after school. The rest is history. Today, the curriculum has expanded to almost 100 schools, and the Get Lit Players are the most watched poets on the internet. Curriculum requests flow in from Mexico to New Zealand.
Words Are Powerful
Walter, one of our graduated Get Lit players, studied Langston Hughes with Get Lit in prep for the Classic Slam, Get Lit’s annual culminating festival for the in-school program...a journey that took him all the way to Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, Hughes's alma mater. He was the first to attend college in his family.
Check out Walter’s story in a short documentary by Youth Speaks called “The Drop-In.”