The Classic Slam

Thousands of poems.
Hundreds of poets.
One community.

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The Classic Slam participants

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The 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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