Classic Slam

Thousands of poems.
Hundreds of poets.
One community.

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Classic Slam participants

Join the revolution

Classic Slam is 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!

April 26-27 | Los Angeles Theatre Center

April 28 | Theatre at the Ace Hotel

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Judges include:

  • Danez Smith

    Danez Smith

  • Robin Coste Lewis

    Robin Coste Lewis

  • Hieu Minh Nguyen

    Hieu Minh Nguyen

  • Buddy Wakefield

    Buddy Wakefield

  • Mary Lambert

    Mary Lambert

  • And More!

Hosted by:

  • Shihan Van Clief

    Shihan Van Clief

  • Aman Batra

    Aman Batra


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