April 26–27, 2018, at the Los Angeles Theatre Center.
April 28, 2018, at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel.

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Judges include Danez Smith, Robin Coste Lewis, Hieu Minh Nguyen, Buddy Wakefield, Mary Lambert + more. Hosted by Shihan Van Clief + Aman Batra.

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Thousands of poems. Hundreds of poets. 1 community.

Join the revolution at the largest youth classic poetry festival in the world, where high school students from all over Southern California face off to “slam” iconic poems & their original responses. Every April (National Poetry Month) students complete Get Lit’s in-school program with this festival, judged by artistic thought leaders, for school spirit & cash scholarships. See past performances on KCET & YouTube!