S199. Get Lit—Transform Your Teaching by Pairing Classic Poetry With Spoken Word

E145, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Get Lit presents an award-winning pedagogy guaranteed to ignite your classroom through relevancy, rhythm, and rigor. The Get Lit - Words Ignite curriculum fuses classic poetry (from Keats to Kendrick) with original spoken-word response writing. Get Lit can be taught as an English or creative writing course to embolden and inspire.This panel of multi-generational award-winning poets present the power of Get Lit to elevate students' self-expression. “Claim your poem. Claim your life.”



Kelly Grace Thomas is the Manager of Education for Get Lit–Words Ignite and author of the forthcoming Boat/Burned. She is also a Neil Postman Award winner and a Pushcart Prize nominee. Kelly’s poems have appeared in Muzzle, the Los Angeles Review, and more.

Denice Frohman is an award-winning poet, performer, and educator. She is a CantoMundo Fellow, former Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion and Leeway Transformation Award recipient. Her work has appeared in Nepantla: An Anthology for Queer Poets of ColorThe Acentos Review, ESPNW, and more.

Robin Coste Lewis is the author of Voyage of the Sable Venus. She is Writer-in-Residence at the University of Southern California and the Poet Laureate of the City of Los Angeles.

Cyrus Roberts is a Get Lit Player, an award-winning youth poetry troupe and the most watched poets on the internet. Roberts is a UN Peace Project ambassador as well as the author of I and Esoteric. His work has been commissioned by the D.C. March for Our Lives, Get Lit Now, Adidas, Toms, and more.

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.


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