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This is the New Nashville: Literary Death Match Comes to Town

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This may be bloodier than Game of Thrones.  I’m going but expecting the worst.  Please join me tomorrow night for an evening that may horrify and/or delight!  Other cities enjoying the Literary Death Match in April and May include Austin, Los Angeles, Boston, and London (participants vary by city).

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Here’s what the organizers have to say:

After an electric October debut, Literary Death Match is teaming with The Porch Writers’ Collective for our return to Nashville – the front-runner for our City of the Year in 2015! – for a madcap event at The Stone Fox that will wow, awe, confuse and titillate.  Preorder now!

What is Literary Death Match?  Four writers read their own work for seven minutes or less, and are then judged by three all-star judges.  Two finalists are chosen to compete in the Literary Death Match finale, a vaguely-literary game to decide the ultimate winner. 

JUDGES:

Literary Merit: Andrew Maraniss, author of Strong Inside (about the first black SEC basketball player) 

Performance: Caitlin Rose, country singer and mind behind the albums The Stand-In and Own Side Now

Intangibles: Mary Laura Philpott, editor of Parnassus’ Musing blog & producer of I Miss You When I Blink

READERS:

* Adam Ross, author of Mr. Peanut and Ladies and Gentleman

* Gary McDowell, multi-award winning poet and author of Weeping at a Stranger’s Funeral

* Melanie Vare, comedy writer, comedian, and creator/host of That Time of the Month

* Tiana Clark, poet who’s appeared in Sisterhood, Southern Voices: Volume 8 & The Southwestern Review

Hosted by LDM creator Adrian Todd Zuniga

Where: The Stone Fox, 712 51st Avenue North, Nashville (map)

When: Wednesday, April 15th, show at 8:35pm sharp; doors at 8pm; afterparty after!

Cost: $7 preorder; $10 at the door (a portion of the proceeds go to The Porch)

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“I suppose I walk that line between comedy and cruelty because I think one illuminates the other.  We’re all cruel, aren’t we?  We are all extreme in one way or another at times and that’s what drama, since the Greeks, has dealt with.”

Martin McDonagh (Irish director and playwright)

4 Comments

  1. Jennifer, this looks awesome. I’m looking forward to a report since I’ll be unable to attend. How awesome! Thanks for keeping me up to date.

  2. I wish you could come, Lawrence! I’ll definitely report back! xo

  3. Thanks for sharing this, Jennifer! Literary Death Match puts a wild spin on the traditional author reading, and The Porch is super excited to be bringing this back to Nashville. See you there!

  4. See you very soon, Katie! I’m so intrigued by this concept! xo

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