Literary Death Match marries the literary and performative aspects of Def Poetry Jam, rapier-witted quips of American Idol’s judging (without any meanness), and the ridiculousness and hilarity of Double Dare. Each episode of this competitive, humor-centric reading series features a thrilling mix of four famous and emerging authors (all representing a literary publication, press or concern — online, in print or live) who perform their most electric writing in seven minutes or less before a lively audience and a panel of three all-star judges. After each pair of readings, the judges — focused on literary merit, performance and intangibles — take turns spouting hilarious, off-the-wall commentary about each story, then select their favorite to advance to the finals.
Literary Merit: William Giraldi, book critic, and author of Hold the Dark and Busy Monsters
Performance: Al Park, winner of the 2014 Boston and Cleveland Comedy Festivals
Intangibles: Erin Judge, LA-based comedian, appeared on NBC’s Last Comic Standing in 2014
* Theodora Goss, award-winning poet/author of The Thorn and the Blossom and Songs for Ophelia
* Javed Jahangir, author of Ghost Alley, story writer and founding member of Beyond the Margins
* Stacey Resnikoff, award-winning freelance writer and senior fellow at the Paris Writing Workshop
* David Valdes Greenwood, playwright and author of The Rhinestone Sisterhood and Homo-Domesticus
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