Go to the Literary Death Match homepage and you’ll see five cities listed; San Fran, London, Paris, NYC and….Raleigh? Yup. On Wednesday September 16th, Raleigh Quarterly is bringing Opium Magazine’s “famed Literary Death Match” to The Pour House in downtown Raleigh. What is a Literary Death Match? Read below to find out because it’s a bit to hard to sum up in a few words.
Opium’s Literary Death Match, co-created by Opium’s founding editor, Todd Zuniga (pictured), Elizabeth Koch & Dennis DiClaudio, 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—either online or in print) who perform their most electric writing (in eight 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.
The two finalists then compete in the Literary Death Match finale, which trades in the show’s literary sensibility for an absurd and comical climax to determine who takes home the Literary Death Match crown.
Judges include “Big Fish” author Daniel Wallace, internet sensation(s) Rhett & Link, and Carolina Rollergirl KGBebe.
Readers include Raleigh Quarterly co-publisher Billy Warden, The Monti Storytelling Series founder Jeff Polish, Scott McClanahan (author of the short story collection “Stories”) and Lockie Hunter (author of the novel “Girls, Girls, Out”).
The event is hosted and produced by Greg Behr & Kelly Helder.
When: Wednesday, Sept. 16; Doors at 9 p.m., show at 9:30 p.m. (sharp)
Where: The Pour House, 224 S Blount St, (919) 821-1120
poster by local artist Paul Friedrich