Who We Are

The get lit team

  • Diane Luby Lane (Founder / Executive Director)

    Diane Luby Lane (Founder / Executive Director)

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    Diane Luby Lane is the founder and executive director of Get Lit – Words Ignite, a California-based arts education nonprofit that has transformed the landscape of teen literacy by empowering new generations in literature, self-expression and performing arts. She founded the Get Lit Players, an award-winning classic teen poetry troupe who have appeared at the White House three times, collaborated with the United Nations, opened for John Legend at The Hollywood Bowl and perform each year for over 50,000 of their peers, igniting schools and communities with art and social consciousness. In 2012 Lane created the annual Classic Slam, the largest youth classic poetry festival in the nation. Lane’s Lit Kit, a standards based, in- school curriculum, has been adopted by schools throughout the U.S. and internationally. She is the author of Words of Women, published by Samuel French, and creator of the one-woman show Deep Sea Diving, (AKA Born Feet First), which she toured with Chicano poet and author Jimmy Santiago Baca. Her most recent book, Get Lit Rising (Simon & Schuster), is a winner of the 2016 Nautilus Award, for books that “carry a potent message” and bring “hope, wisdom, healing, and joy.” She is the founder and CEO of media company Literary Riot through which she co-produced the film Summertime, directed by Carlos López Estrada, written by and starring 27 Get Lit Poets. The film premiered opening night at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and sold to Good Deed Entertainment.  Lane started as an actress with numerous commercial, TV and film credits. She is a TedX speaker, a graduate of the Annenberg Foundation’s Alchemy + Leadership Program, a Southern California Leadership Network Fellow and served on L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Poet Laureate Committee. She has been featured in the L.A. Times, CNN, NPR, the T.D. Jakes, among others, and received the James Patterson Page Turner Award for promoting literacy. She is a recipient of the Presidential Lifetime Volunteer Service Award. She attended USF and NYU, and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two children, two dogs, and two cats.

  • Austin Antoine

    Austin Antoine

    he/him

    Austin Antoine (Teaching Artist) is a multifaceted performance artist that blends the lines between music, poetry, and theatrics. All of his passions effortlessly mix with abilities that span from singing soulful solos to conquering an opposing rapper in a contest of improvised wit. After graduating California Institute of the Arts in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program for theater, Austin has sustained artistic success through touring performances, musical collaborations, and hosting creative workshops. His work can be seen with Sofar Sounds, Guinness Book of World Records, Buzzfeed, TeamBackPack, Joomanji, and TheyGotTime. He is also featured in the upcoming 2020 film “Summertime”, directed by Carlos López Estrada. His latest EP The Rest is History is now available on all streaming platforms.

  • Mila Cuda

    Mila Cuda

    she/her

    Mila Cuda (Teaching Artist) is the former Youth Poet Laureate of the West Coast. Her debut book, Dishwater Blonde, was released in June of 2018. Her work has been featured on/in: Button Poetry, Teen Vogue, United Nations Voices for Peace, Rookie, PBS, as well as the “Wonder Woman” dvd. She is the poetry editor and featured in the upcoming feature film “Summertime,” directed by Carlos Lopez Estrada, which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Mila is a teaching artist and internationally ranked sapphic slam poet, majoring in Creative Writing at Wellesley College. She is a spider nerd and glitter enthusiast who loves her dogs despite her allergies.

  • Samuel Curtis

    Samuel Curtis

    he/him

    Samuel Curtis is the Head of Productions for Get Lit – Words Ignite and a founding producing partner of Literary Riot Inc., a new media company focused on feature film/television/recording development, production, and talent management for poets. At Get Lit, he is responsible for the oversight, development, curriculum, and mentorship opportunities for our film/digital media programs, professional creative collective, production company, and originals content studio. Samuel currently lives in Venice Beach, California, where he is directing and producing two feature music documentaries, anticipating completions in the Fall 2020/Spring 2021. He is the Associate Producer of the feature film, Summertime, which premiered Opening Night at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. He has produced web series for VICELAND, and Red Bull and produced digital spots for Ford Motor Company and Post-It’s/3M. He is the host of Get Lit Minute, our weekly poet-themed podcast, and also produced a widely listened to weekly screenwriting podcast with Final Draft, called Write On. His work has screened on national television on the CMT network, and at regional film festivals across the country. He has a deep passion for roots music, producing and performing at live Americana shows throughout Los Angeles.

  • Sofia D'Annunzio

    Sofia D’Annunzio

    she/her

    Sofia D’Annunzio (Production Coordinator) is a producer and stage manager based in Los Angeles, California. Currently in her 2nd year of the BFA Stage Management program at USC’s School of Dramatic Arts, she has been in charge of many productions at various theatres in LA throughout her time in college. Since joining Get Lit’s team a year ago, she has worked on several youtube videos for the program, as well as the short films with her friends. She is passionate about civil justice, education reform, and exposing more diverse perspectives in arts and media.

  • Peter Davis

    Peter Davis

    he/him

    Peter Davis is the Post-Production Supervisor at Get Lit, working directly with staff and students in the Film and Digital Media program on content creation,  video editing workshops, media organization, and post-production workflow. Peter received his BFA from Florida State University’s College of Motion Picture Arts in 2013. He has worked as a digital imaging technician (DIT) and assistant editor on short and feature films, two of which  (Summertime and The Evening Hour) will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2020. He has worked with commercial brands like HBO, Spotify, Adidas, Red Bull, TopGolf, Verizon, Peloton, Beats by Dre, & Mercy Health as well as philanthropic organizations like Immigrant Heritage Month & the American Parkinson Disease Association. Peter’s original films have screened in festivals across the United States, including the Palm Springs International Shortfest, New Orleans Film Festival, San Francisco Frozen, & San Francisco Black Film Festivals. He is thrilled to share his industry knowledge with a budding generation of L.A. poets and content creators.

  • Mason Granger

    Mason Granger

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    Mason Granger is the Manager of Public Outreach at Get Lit. Originally from Philadelphia by way of Willingboro NJ, Mason is a poet with 15+ years of professional experience on stage & in classrooms across 49 states and six countries as ⅓ of the performance poetry trio, Mayhem Poets. In 2014, he created SlamFind, a digital platform specifically intended to connect fans of poetry videos with the poets & live poetry venues where these videos are born. Between 2016-2018, he was the official videographer for the Women of the World Poetry Slam, National Poetry Slam, and Individual World Poetry Slam, producing hundreds of poetry videos that continue to garner million views across multiple platforms. In the spirit of his mission of always keeping the ‘live’ in ‘live poetry’, Mason hosted the weekly PoetNY open mic at Bowery Poetry Club in NYC from 2017-2019 while also serving as Executive Director of Bowery Arts & Science through 2019.
    www.masongranger.com

  • Colleen Hamilton

    Colleen Hamilton

    she/her

    Colleen Hamilton is the Manager of Special Projects at Get Lit. Before returning to the organization in 2020, she served as a Fulbright grantee in Malaysia, facilitating leadership practicums for high school students to spark action around pressing global issues. Previously, as the organizations Development + Program Coordinator, she facilitated “United Voices of Peace,” a collaboration with the United Nations International Day of Peace. As a Teaching Artist, she has taught at dozens of schools, community centers, and juvenile detention facilities across California. Colleen graduated summa cum laude from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) with dual degrees in World Arts + Cultures and Public Affairs. At UCLA, she served as Project Director of the Incarcerated Youth Tutorial Project, a Beyond the Bars Fellow, and Education Director of the Student Committee for the Arts. Her writing has been published in Refinery29, RookieMag, and Westwind, among others. She is eager to return, and serve, the organization she has called home for the past four years.

  • Raul Herrera

    Raul Herrera

    he/him

    Raul Herrera (Teaching Artist)– As a Mexican-American spoken-word artist, playwright and educator, Raul Herrera has been involved with Get Lit for over 8 years facilitating growth within students across the nation. Herrera has served the organization as a Get Lit Player, Literati Fellowship member, teaching artist, and is currently Get Lit’s Education Coordinator. In 2014, he received the Pentathlon award given to the overall speaker at the California State Championship of Speech and Debate for Community Colleges. His writing is featured in Get Lit Rising, Coiled Serpent published by Tia Chucha Press and, in 2017, he wrote Dante, a modern Hip-Hop adaptation of Dante’s Inferno, produced by Tim Robbins and The Actor’s Gang Theatre in Culver City. Raul plans on continuing his pursuits in screenwriting and education.

  • Tess Jablon

    Tess Jablon

    she/her

    Tess Jablon is the Manager of Operations at Get Lit. She is a second-generation native Angeleno, who served as a member of Get Lit’s Free Verse advisory board before becoming a full-time Staff Member in 2019. Tess has always had a passion for being  involved in her community as well as contributing her time to local charities and foundations. In her current role, Tess brings her Business Management background to support the emerging artists at Get Lit.  At her previous firm, Tess founded Accounting for Others (“AFO”), an internal charitable charter. AFO advocates and implements paid time off for employees to volunteer with non-profit organizations (PATH; Heal the Bay; ASPCA; Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation & LA Food Bank) throughout Los Angeles. Tess’ furry friend, Karma, joins us at the office often.

  • Lukas Lane

    Lukas Lane

    he/him

    Lukas Lane (Editor/Filmmaker) was raised in Los Angeles, California, but has also worked in Chicago and New York.  He has created viral, award winning content for multiple companies, including the Ford Motor Company, Literary Riot Media, Wondros, and Honeyjam Records, and has collaborated with renowned artists including Directors, Joss Whedon (The Avengers), Carlos Lopez Estrada (Blindspotting), and production designer, Alex McDowell (Fight Club). In addition, Lukas has acted as the producer, writer, director, and or editor of many short films and webisodes. He is represented commercially by Innovative Artists as an actor, and is currently co-producing a feature documentary. Instagram Handle: @_lalanee

  • C.E. Oldham

    C.E. Oldham

    they/them

    15C. E. Oldham (Teaching Artist) is a spoken word poet and novelist. Oldham is a teaching artist and slam coach with Get Lit – Words Ignite. Oldham is a Los Angeles Youth Poet Laureate Ambassador, has competed at the international youth poetry slam Brave New Voices in 2018, has spoken in high schools all over Los Angeles and San Diego, is the youngest winner of the A Place Called Sacramento Film Festival to date, and went to semifinals at the Get Lit Classic Slam. Oldham was homeschooled throughout elementary, middle, and highschool, and is currently pursuing a degree in English.

  • Leslie Poliak

    Leslie Poliak

    she/her

    Leslie is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Get Lit. She volunteered and served as a member of the organization’s Advisory Board for several years before joining the team full-time in July 2019. Leslie promotes Get Lit among key communities, companies, and media entities, leveraging her career in advertising and media strategy to promote organizational growth. This includes identifying key partnerships that enhance Get Lit’s brand and raise funds to support the In-Schools program. Leslie is a former photographer whose work has been shown in galleries and museums across the country.  She’s from the East Coast and while she loves being around palm trees, she’s never lost her NY State of Mind.

  • Sheila Sadr

    Sheila Sadr

    she/they

    Sheila J Sadr (Teaching Artist) is an Iranian-American poet, educator, and mental health advocate nuzzled somewhere along the southern California coast. She serves as the talent director for The Definitive Soapbox, one of LB’s longest running open mics now going on its tenth year. Sheila has facilitated numerous writing workshops in California, including at California State University, Fullerton and California State University, Long Beach. Sheila has had her work featured with the United Nations, TEDx, House of Blues, Write About Now, Nat. Brut, Tinderbox Poetry, BOAAT, and many other gems. She took first place at the 2018 Jack Rabbit Poetry Slam and is a two time finalist for the Not A Cult Poetry Book contest, winning the second time around. Her debut book Birthday Girl is forthcoming Fall 2020 with Not A Cult Press.

  • Brian Sonia-Wallace

    Brian Sonia-Wallace

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    Brian Sonia-Wallace is the Manager of Education at Get Lit, building on 12 years of experience as a teaching artist and poet. Brian started off writing poems on a typewriter for strangers on the street, and accidentally started his own company, RENT Poet, as featured on NPR’s How I Built This. Brian has been hired as a poet by tech companies and governments, written for The Guardian and Rolling Stone, and been the Poet-in-Residence for Mall of America, Amtrak Trains, and the National Parks. His first book of essays, Dustbowl Nation (Harper Collins 2020), tracks his journey with a typewriter to find humanity at the margins of America. A native Angeleno, Brian regularly lectures on poetry and performance at UCLA, and teaches as a guest artist at 50+ K-12 schools throughout LA County.

  • Yoko A. Tamada

    Yoko A. Tamada

    she/her

    Yoko A. Tamada (Media Coordinator / Video Editor) is a writer, filmmaker, and overall creator. Her natural affinity for knowledge has paved the way for her many collaborations with artists all around the world. She works with the non-profit Get Lit Words Ignite, performing poetry at dozens of schools around California and animating for their digital content studio. She has performed at the United Nations as a Peace Ambassador, TOMS, Stay Gallery, Def Poetry Lounge, and Los Angeles Center Studios. She has also collaborated with Why We Rise, San Pedro’s Mental Health Clinic, Emmy-award-winning Kimberlee Acquaro, and March For Our Lives with an education video about gun control that introduced Demi Lovato in Washington D.C. She was also featured in actress, producer, and director, Pamela Adlons’s show Better Things on FX, performing her original spoken word poetry. Yoko was the first place winner of the prestigious Carlos Segovia Heart of Compassion Award and Scholarship, which rewards young writers for their kindness and devotion to their community through service. She is also the winner of the Why I Rise International Poetry Competition and 2019 Youth Poet Laureate Ambassador Finalist for the city of Los Angeles. Yoko has a profound love and appreciation for her community and for sharing educational resources and opportunities with those regulated to the margins. She is currently a teacher’s assistant at Cerritos College and a San Francisco State University gator.

  • Tru

    Tru

    he/him

    Tru Sound (Teaching Artist- Music Production Facilitator) is a fusion artist, utilizing the visual and performing arts to explore culture, identity, and society. Born in Los Angeles and with roots in Belize, his artistry is informed by a diverse and enriched upbringing which reflects of a vast spectrum of experiences. Tru is 1/3 of VOICERUNNERS alongside artist and artivist Xiuhtezcatl & Jaiia Cerff, and has performed and collaborated with some pioneers in the art world including Crystal Mec, Willow & Jaden Smith, Raury, J.I.D, Daylyt, Coy Stewart, Tyler Cole, Joey Badass & more. Tru’s music is limitless, bringing a new sound that constantly evolves and uplifts.

  • Jamaal H. Tolbert

    Jamaal H. Tolbert

    he/him

    Jamaal (Teaching Artist- Filmmaking)’s work introduces viewers to a world of critical issues often avoided by society. Exploring ideas of Blackness globally, he illustrates his disciplined research with experimental images and video art. His pieces entice the viewer to contemplate difficult questions and spark conversations. Hasef encourages viewers to reconsider their role in social construction, civil rights, and white hegemony.  He earned his B.A. in Sociology & Art from California State University, Bakersfield, completed his certification in Art & Marketing from Sotheby’s in London, and continued his studies at Claremont Graduate University where he received his MFA in Studio Art. In addition to working as an artist in Los Angeles, Hasef is passionate about educating young artists. He has worked as a visiting artist and lecturer at USC, Chapman University, and as a Getty Unshuttered instructor. Hasef looks forward to bringing art to his community through his art advisory role with Hilltop and The Metaphor Club in South Los Angeles.

  • Kelly Grace Thomas Vojdani

    Kelly Grace Thomas Vojdani

    she/her

    Kelly Grace Thomas is the Director of Education for Get Lit- Words Ignite and producer of the Classic Slam. She is the winner of the 2017 Neil Postman Award for Metaphor from Rattle, 2018 finalist for the Rita Dove Poetry Award and multiple pushcart prize nominee. Her first full-length collection, Boat Burned, released with YesYes Books in January 2020. Kelly’s poems have appeared in: Best New Poets 2019, Los Angeles Review, Muzzle, DIAGRAM, and more. Kelly is the co-author of Words Ignite: Explore, Write and Perform, Classic and Spoken Word Poetry (Literary Riot), currently taught in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Before joining Get Lit, Kelly taught their curriculum as a high school English teacher. Her and her team were three-time Classic Slam champions and made it to finals every year they competed. Kelly has received fellowships from Tin House Winter Workshop, Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing and the Kenyon Review Young Writers. Kelly and her sister, Kat Thomas, won Best Feature Length Screenplay at the Portland Comedy Film Festival for their romantic comedy, Magic Little Pills. Kelly lives in the Bay Area with her husband, Omid, and is currently working on her debut novel, a YA thriller, titled Only 10.001. www.kellygracethomas.com

  • Gary Wilkerson, Jr.

    Gary Wilkerson, Jr.

    he/him

    Gary Wilkerson, Jr. (Teaching Artist- Screenwriting Facilitator) is a writer, performer, and podcast enthusiast who hails from Daytona Beach, FL. For four years he performed on a skating adagio team, as well as other acts, in Florida State’s Flying High Circus. But every clown must hang up their nose at graduation. After receiving his Masters in Screenwriting from Florida State University he moved out to Los Angeles and has since collaborated on web series’ and shorts, as well as assisting showrunners on multiple television shows. In 2018 he was the recipient of the Roger Ebert Fellowship at the Sundance Institute. Gary has made it his mission to tell authentic stories about black bodies and the broad spectrum that exists within the African diaspora.

  • Tyris Winter

    Tyris Winter

    he/him

    Tyris Winter is Get Lit’s Social Media Curator, an aspiring legend, and self proclaimed 70s guru. With a passion for the arts, his love lies in multiple outlets, from painting, dancing, fashion, to poetry. Winter has a need to create. Tyris’ poetic presence has been depicted in the Los Angeles Times, Deadline, tell.tv, Youth To The People and even the Joshua Tree local newspaper. He is the winner of numerous slam titles from L4L, to 2019 Get Lit Classic Slam champion, and most recently the 2020 Why I Rise Mental Health Poetry Competition Winner. Tyris has performed all across the U.S. from Sundance film festival to the stages at Brave New Voices. He works to display all aspects of himself in his writing as well as performances. Winter’s writing embodies self reflection, family, culture, sexuality, mental health, the economy and more. Catch Tyris starring in the film Summertime directed by Carlos Lopez Estrada, or on instagram @winterissues posting about his children/pets/stuffed animals named Giraffeca and Piggy Smalls.


Advisory Board

  • Tim Robbins
  • Luis Rodriguez
  • Karen Redman
  • Ruth Barajas
  • Shahira Tadross
  • Jon Hess
  • Barbara Williams
  • Jim Zukin
  • Lee Horwin
  • Jill Rosenthal
  • Ellen Picataggio
  • Jonathan Zeichner
  • Ed Pearl
  • Paul Cummins
  • Katherine Moore
  • DeAnna Gravillis
  • Peter Kim
  • Bill Plaschke
  • Carlos López Estrada

Board of Directors

  • Delta Wright, Chairman of the Board and President, has a signature approach to designing interiors is based on her belief that every interior should be a portrait of those who live in them. Combining her technical grounding in architecture with an impressive creative pedigree, she exudes imagination and soul. Seeing home as a place of well-being, her environments radiate warmth through the use of sophisticated elements set against airy, relaxed interiors. Each project is crafted to elevate the soothing elements of nature – light, views and gardens. Her studio’s recent three-year collaboration with award-winning architect Hagy Belzberg was awarded “Best Large Residence, 2015” by Interior Design magazine. Over her 20-year career, her commercial projects include the models at the Commune-designed 8th & Grand in Downtown LA and the iconic Farmers Daughter Hotel. Delta is an honors graduate of Pratt Institute's master program in New York. Her conceptual and client-driven approach was honed through her 10-year partnership with bi-coastal firm Curated, which she cofounded in 2006.

  • Gary Romoff has had a diverse & fascinating career in the agriculture business. He started at Sunkist & Dole and now owns a business that invests in permanent crop real estate (ranches) in Yuma, AZ, Central Valley, Coachella Valley, and Northern San Diego County. He is a proud Get Lit parent and passionate about spending time with his family. Education: BS, Finance, San Diego State, 1990; MBA, USC, 1994.

  • Diane Luby Lane is Founder/Executive Director of Get Lit-Words Ignite, Los Angeles’ leading nonprofit presenter of literary performance, education and teen poetry programs, and the Get Lit Players, an award-winning classic teen poetry troupe, who perform for over 10,000 teens each year. Get Lit partners with the Magic Poetry Bus, the official project of California Poet Laureate, Carol Muske-Dukes. Lane is author of Words of Women, a compendium of original monologues for women published around the world and has appeared in numerous films, television shows, and national commercials. Her critically acclaimed one-woman show, Deep Sea Diving (AKA Born Feet First), has toured high schools and colleges across America with poet Jimmy Santiago Baca. In recognition of her work as an educator and creator of Get Lit’s ground-breaking literacy curriculum, Lane received the James Patterson Page Turner Award for promoting literacy and the KNX Hero Award. In 2012, Lane was honored as a recipient of the Presidential Lifetime Volunteer Service Award.

  • Alexander Trivas has taught English and Global Studies in independent schools for over 15 years. Currently he works at The Brentwood School in Los Angeles where he has spearheaded numerous service learning enterprises as well as annual poetry events. He holds his undergraduate degree from The University of Pennsylvania and his master’s degree in Education and Writing from Johns Hopkins University. When he is not evaluating his students’ writing, he serves as a de facto editor for his wife’s (Tracy Trivas) books. In his spare time, he writes poetry and children’s books. He recently launched onebillionpoets.com, a social networking site for teens around the world to share and discuss poetry.

  • Cristina PachecoCristina Pacheco is a Los Angeles-based creative producer, strategist, and facilitator whose work is rooted in the arts and justice movements. Cristina has produced large scale activations like INTO ACT!ON, Los Angeles drawing thousands of attendees into meaningful conversations around the most pressing issues of our time. Additionally, she has produced civic engagement campaigns such as embRACE LA: 100 Dinners on Race, a project in partnership with Community Coalition and The City of Los Angeles that engaged hundreds of residents in discussions on race relations in their city. Through her company FRCE.work, she works with organizations and individuals to develop campaigns and design high-impact gatherings. Prior to founding FRCE, Cristina worked over a decade in the nonprofit sector building leadership programs, teaching music to children, and facilitating service opportunities for young people. Cristina also sits on the Executive Board for The Underground Museum, an arts and culture hub based in Arlington Heights, Los Angeles.

  • Naveena Ponnusamy is a nonprofit development and communications executive with experience in local and global organizations. She currently serves as the chief development officer of Venice Family Clinic and was previously the executive director of development for the RAND Corporation. Naveena has also served in leadership roles at the University of Southern California including as assistant dean of external affairs for the USC Marshall School of Business. Previously in her career, she worked at Edelman's New York office where she managed communications strategies for a variety of clients in the nonprofit, corporate and economic development sectors. Naveena holds a BA from Columbia University and an MA from New York University.

  • Samantha Paige

  • Bennett Johnson

  • Harriet Aronow

  • Wendy Posner

  • Michael Green serves as the Executive Board Secretary.


Free Verse

Emerging professionals board dedicated to supporting Get Lit’s mission

  • Who We Are

    Yulia Rafailova

    Yulia Rafailova is an executive function coach dedicated to transforming the lives of children and adults living with ADHD and other neurodiverse needs. She founded MindFull Education to teach families how to create the systems they need to successfully navigate relationships, school, and life’s toughest challenges. Yulia believes that imagination, creativity, and the arts are our most powerful tools to transform the way we imagine ourselves and how we relate to our world.
  • Who We Are

    Bronwyn Leland Watson

    Bronwyn grew up in Washington state, and after receiving her BA from Seattle University in theatre and philosophy she relocated to Los Angeles. This is her second year on Free Verse and she is honored to support a nonprofit so focused on truly empowering artists to emerge and share their stories. Miss Watson has been a teaching and visual artist, choreographer, artistic consultant, song writer, dance partner, and director. She has been making theater for over 20 years, and currently performs with Intrepid Dance Project. Career highlights include directing three plays as part of Susan-Lori Parks' 365 Project and having the playwright attend the staged reading, and she received Best Play Jury Award and Best Director Award in the Hollywood Short & Sweet Festival 2018.
  • Who We Are

    Charles Jensen

    Charles Jensen directs the Writers’ Program at UCLA Extension, one of the largest and most prestigious open enrollment creative writing programs in the nation. He has volunteered widely in the arts and literary community with Arts for LA, Americans for the Arts, the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, and Lambda Literary. He is the author of six chapbooks of poems and two full collections, most recently Nanopedia. He hosts a podcast for the Writers’ Program called The Write Process, in which one writer tells the story of writing one work from concept to completion.
  • Who We Are

    Lynz Floren

    Lynz Floren combines his loves for audio-visual production, human development,t and creative expression in every project and role he takes on. As the multimedia manager for the Los Angeles County Bar Association, he oversees event setups and live webcast/recorded programs and has recently developed the organization's first podcast, Admitted: A Podcast for Law Students. Lynz is also a guitarist, a songwriter, and a business and life coach for creatives. He is honored to be serving a second year on the Free Verse Board.
  • Who We Are

    Michael Green

    Michael Green is a practicing attorney, an educator, and a passionate leader currently working in civil litigation. After earning his bachelor’s from the University of California Santa Barbra, Michael worked relentlessly as a Teach For America corps member pushing to close the achievement gap. Working by day as a full time 4th grade educator and by night as an accelerated graduate student, Michael earned his master’s from Pace University, New York, while his students achieved significant gains in the classroom. After earning his JD at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Michael continues to serve the education community.
  • Who We Are

    Tiffany Mosely

    Tiffany Mosely is a tax attorney providing tax consultation and representation services at RSM US LLP. She received her B.A. in Sociology from Howard University and her J.D. and LLM in Taxation from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. As an avid reader, writer and legal advocate, Tiffany believes deeply in extending the reach of every person’s individual voice.
  • Who We Are

    Erika Abrams

    A self-proclaimed cultural architect, Erika Abrams has a particular passion for rethinking the way organizational culture is constructed. Currently the Director of Production, North America, for Deluxe Creative Media’s television VFX brand, she sits at the juncture of production, human resources and business development, bridging multiple points of view to ignites community and foster creativity. Abrams is a recurring guest lecturer at USC for Design Thinking strategies, as well as a speaker and panelist for culture, inclusivity, and empathetic leadership approaches. She is a member of the Advisory Board for AIGA:LA, the FreeVerse Board at Get Lit - Words Ignite, a committee member for Los Angeles Design Festival and sits on the Executive Peer Group for the Television Academy.

Community partners

  • The Actors’ Gang

    The Actors’ Gang

    The Actors’ Gang is an independent theatre founded by Tim Robbins and home to Get Lit’s monthly Open Mics, as well as the groundbreaking Prison Project, which brings commedia dell’arte to incarceration facilities across California. More at theactorsgang.com.

  • Center Theatre Group

    Center Theatre Group

    Center Theatre Group is the largest performing arts organization in Los Angeles and home to the August Wilson Monologue Competition and so many other amazing youth outreach programs. We are so proud to partner with them! More at centertheatregroup.org.

  • Youth Speaks

    Youth Speaks

    Youth Speaks is the largest youth spoken word organization in the country, and maybe the world. Thank you for the guidance & inspiration! “The next generation can speak for itself.” More at youthspeaks.org.

  • Turnaround Arts

    Turnaround Arts

    Turnaround Arts is a partnership created by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Education and the White House Domestic Policy Council. The program is designed to bring arts into some of the lowest performing schools in the country. More at turnaroundarts.pcah.gov.

  • Ash Grove

    Ash Grove

    The Ash Grove has been a major voice for the experiences, beliefs and feelings of the music community since 1958, offering support and performance space to the Get Lit Players since its inception, under the guidance of Ed Pearl. More at ashgrovemusic.net.

  • Wondros

    Wondros

    Wondros offers strategic consulting and a full suite of creative services for clients at the cutting edge of business, health care, philanthropy, public policy, and the arts. Wondros has been instrumental in the production of the Get Lit NOW weekly web series providing a platform for poets to respond to breaking news & celebrate free thought. More at wondros.com.

  • Taskforce PR

    Taskforce PR

    Taskforce PR creates culture that changes culture, consolidates power and builds momentum. Taskforce PR designs creative strategies, produces meaningful engagement, organizes communities online and offline, builds campaigns that inspire movements and changes prevailing narratives. They combine the quality, power and creativity of the commercial sector with the inclusive process, values and heart of the nonprofit sector. More at taskforce.pr.

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