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Get Lit — Words Ignite fuses classic and spoken word poetry to increase teen literacy on the page and in visual media. We cultivate enthusiastic learners emboldened to inspire social consciousness in diverse communities.

Get Lit’s poetry and film curriculum engages young people by providing a creative outlet, community, and real-life work experience, transforming students into activists, scholars, and stars.


“When I would feel anxious, I calmed myself down by reciting poems that gave me strength. I pull words from worry, turn classics into confidence.”

Bridgette Yang, 2019 Get Lit Player

“The Get Lit Players are changing the landscape of literacy in Los Angeles and providing a model for the rest of the nation.”

Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles

“I continually marvel at how a small, passion-driven nonprofit makes such a huge difference in filling the gaps in our education and social systems.”

Jonathan Zeichner, Executive Director, A Place Called Home

“Get Lit is the gold standard for bringing poetry into the lives of young people… students reach far beyond what they imagine they can achieve.”

Paul Cummins, Founder of Crossroads School & The Coalition for Engaged Education

Poetry As Insurgent Art

[I am signaling you through the flames]

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