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Literary Riot: Get Lit
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Get Lit – Words Ignite unites classic and spoken word poetry to empower youth and inspire communities. By engaging youth in literature in and after school, Get Lit allows teens to become engaged in their own futures and unearth their potential. "Claim your poem, claim your life.”

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Literary Riot: Mila Cuda and Caitlyn Bove
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Literary Riot: A Woman’s Protest is Like a Car Crash

Mila Cuda and Caitlyn Bove from iLead North Hollywood use the analogy of car traffic to break down sexual assault.
Literary Riot: Joel Lopez
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Literary Riot: To Be American, But Not Viewed as American

In his original poem, Joel Lopez examines the conflict with his identity as an American who was raised as a Latino.
Literary Riot: Winston Thomas III
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Literary Riot: I'm Not a Stereotype!

Student Winston Thomas III became a father at the age of 15, forcing him to reckon with social implications his son would face.
Literary Riot: Amira Redeaux, Jami Moore, and Amaya Blankenship
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Literary Riot: All Different Worlds, All Different Girls, All Beautiful

"Hips" explores the different experiences of being a black woman in America.
Literary Riot: April Wells
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Literary Riot: A War in My House

In her original poem, April Wells from iLead North Hollywood confronts her mother who accuses her of becoming a stereotypical black woman.
Literary Riot: Keithayonna Davis
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Literary Riot: Welcome Home? The Harsh Realities of Immigrants’ Experiences in America

Keithayonna Davis, an 18-year-old from College Bridge Academy, shares her experience of growing up in South Los Angeles and the harsh realities that many immigrants face in America.
Literary Riot: Ryann Ersoff, Mila Cuda, and Ashley Flores
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Literary Riot: "Cat Got Your Tongue?", Speaking Out About Violence Against Women

In their original poem "Her Name was Kitty", iLead North Hollywood students Ryann Ersoff, Mila Cuda, and Ashley Flores tell the shocking story of Kitty Genovese's rape and take a stand on violence against women.
Literary Riot: Ashley Biggs
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Literary Riot: Liquor, My Father’s Other Daughter

Ashley Biggs, a 14-year-old from Larchmont Charter School, opens up about her struggle to compete with liquor for a spot in her father’s heart.
Literary Riot: Rebecca Lopez w/out Bug
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Literary Riot: "Rebecca, Do You Miss Your Father?"

In her original poem, 18-year-old Rebecca Lopez shares a personal story about the complex relationship between her, her mother and her absent father.
Literary Riot: Alex Gruenenfelder
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Literary Riot: Goodnight America, Has Bigotry Won?

Inspired by the politics surrounding the 2016 presidential election, 14-year-old Alex Gruenenfelder addresses the topics of freedom and hypocrisy in America.
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