Get Lit Brings Poetry to L.A. Schools

By Whitney Levine

Get Lit Players pose with Alan Ball and Ned Colletti.

Get Lit Players pose with Alan Ball and Ned Colletti.

On Nov. 23, I had the pleasure of attending “The Poetry of Television” hosted by Get Lit – Words Ignite. The event was held

to commend some of television’s best writers and to honor Academy Award-winner Alan Ball (American Beauty) with the annual IGNITE award. The gala was held at The Dodgers Stadium Club and featured insightful performances from the Get Lit Players and speeches from Alan Ball and former IGNITE award winner and Dodgers General Manager, Ned Colletti. The afternoon included Dodger Dogs and cocktails, as well as a live auction to raise $100,000 in order to bring Get Lit programs to 20 L.A. County schools.

Each performance included a poetic response to clips of iconic television scenes from “The Walking Dead,” “Orange is the New Black,” “The Good Wife,” “Six Feet Under,” “Transparent,” “Mad Men,” “Sons of Anarchy,” “How I Met Your Mother,” and “Breaking Bad.” Pieces from all Get Lit Players proved inspiring through their powerful words and expression. The social commentary behind each piece closely paralleled that of the television clips and garnered a standing ovation from the audience. All performances left a strong impact on me and I am so honored to have met many of the poets. It was truly a profound afternoon for a great cause.

Since 2006, Get Lit has helped thousands of teens throughout Southern California through classic and spoken-word poetry. The mission of Get Lit is to improve literacy in teens, nurture a cultural tolerance, and promote creative expression through the medium of poetry. Get Lit reaches more than 20,000 teens each year through its In-School, After-School, Classic Slam, and Get Lit Player programs. Get Lit is a safe haven for all fallen voices to rise.

Alan Ball, 2014 IGNITE award winner.

Alan Ball, 2014 IGNITE award winner.

Get Lit offers a free Saturday drop-in class, open to all experience levels at 672 S. La Fayette Park Place #30 from 10 am – 12 pm for teens 13-19. Get Lit also holds various open mic events for anyone excited to share their poetry. While Get Lit supports many public schools from all around Los Angeles, the program is open to all, including charter and private high schools. For more information on Get Lit events or to get involved, visit or call at (213) 388-8639.




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