F186. Get Lit: Transform Your Writing by Fusing Classic Poetry with Your Own Spoken Word!

Room 7, 8, & 9, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Get Lit presents an award-winning pedagogy guaranteed to ignite classrooms and spark the poet inside each student. The Get Lit curriculum fuses classic poetry (from Rumi to Tupac) with original spoken word response writing, to embolden and inspire social consciousness in diverse youth (13–24). This multigenerational panel filled with award-winning poetic luminaries will showcase the power of Get Lit to transform your self-expression. “Claim your poem. Claim your life!”


Kelly Grace Thomas is the manager of education for Get Lit-Words Ignite. She is also the winner of the 2017 Neil Postman Award, a Pushcart Prize nominee, and a Fellow for the Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop. Kelly’s poems have appeared in Nashville Review, Sixth Finch, Muzzle, PANK, and more.

Patricia Smith's books are Incendiary Art, Gotta Go, Gotta Flow, Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah (2013 Lenore Marshall), and Blood Dazzler (2008 National Book Award finalist). A 2014 Guggenheim fellow and two-time Pushcart winner, she is a professor at CUNY and in Sierra Nevada's MFA program.

Mila Cuda is the current Youth Poet Laureate of Los Angeles. Her work has been featured by Button Poetry, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, and PBS. She is a two-time Classic Slam champion, captain of the LA Brave New Voices team, and lead editor of the weekly online political poetry series Get Lit Now.

Raul Herrera has written and performed for the United Nations, the White House, and more. A former Get Lit Player, his work is featured in Get Lit Rising, and he is currently writing DANTE, Get Lit’s hip-hop adaptation of Dante’s Inferno, under the tutelage of Tim Robbins.

Hieu Minh Nguyen


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside