Literary Death Match - Salt Lake City

Literary Death Match

Literary Death Match

Literary Death Match

Oct 4, 2016, 8:00 pm


Literary Death Match

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Salt Lake City

Wasatch Front Region


The State Room
638 S State St
Salt Lake City , UT 84111-3820
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It's back! Literary Death Match and Adrian Zuniga return to Salt Lake City on Tuesday, October 4th! LDM marries the literary and performative aspects of Def Poetry Jam, rapier-witted quips of American Idol's judging (without the meanness), and the ridiculousness and hilarity of Double Dare. Judges will include Giuliana Serena, Paisley Rekdal, and Angela Lovell, while contestants will include Matthew Kirby, RJ Walker, Mike Dorrell, and Good Ghost Bill (Bill Moran), with more to be announced soon. Tickets are $9.00 in advance, $12.00 at the door, and will be available through the State Room beginning August 29th. Doors at 8:00 PM, show at 9:00 PM.

In an era where books are desperate to evolve,Literary Death Match — a groundbreaking take on both the written and spoken word — is a crowd-luring, bright-minded spectacle. Part literary reading, part comedy show, part game show, Literary Death Match brings together four of today's brilliant writers to compete in an edge-of-your-seat readoff critiqued by three celebrity judges, and concluded by a slapstick showdown to decide the night's ultimate champion.

How It Works: Literary Death Match features a mix of four established and emerging writers who perform their most electric work before a live audience and a panel of three all-star judges. After a pair of readings, the judges take turns spouting hilarious, off-the-wall commentary, focusing on Literary Merit, Performance and Intangibles.The judges select one writer from each round to advance to the finals, where we trade in the show's literary sensibility for an absurdly comical climax — like Pin the Mustache on Hemingway, or a literary spelling bee featuring complicated author names — to decide who takes home the Literary Death Match crown. For more info on LDM, visit:


Giuliana Serena, Beekeeper & Co-Founder of The Bee, lovingly competitive storytelling in SLC. Since its debut in December of 2014, The Bee has been a place for our salty city to laugh, cry, and bee entertained.

Angela Lovell is a bestselling author and award-winning playwright, director, screenwriter, podcaster, critic, writing instructor, and storyteller. She's written for MTV, Universal Studios, VICE, The New York Post,, and many more. She's taken first place at The Moth's NYC StorySlam and performs her earliest diary entries regularly with Mortified.

Paisley Rekdal is the author of a book of essays, The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee, a hybrid-genre photo-text memoir entitled Intimate, and four books of poetry: A Crash of Rhinos, Six Girls Without Pants, The Invention of the Kaleidoscope and Animal Eye. Her work has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Fellowship, a Civitella Ranieri Residency, an NEA Fellowship, and the 2016 AWP Nonfiction Prize.


Good Ghost Bill Moran is a third-year MFA poetry candidate at Louisiana State University and a former medic. He was the 2012 & 2013 Austin Poetry Slam Champion, has performed and taught poetry internationally, and served as president of Mic Check, a non-profit poetry organization in Brazos County, Texas. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Button Poetry (video), Phoebe, Bird’s Thumb, Next Left Press, FreezeRay Press, The Dead Animal Handbook, LUX, Alien Mouth, and Drunk in a Midnight Choir. He appreciates your concern and well-wishes, but swears he is okay. Really

RJ Walker writes poems and jokes about loneliness, pizza, and cartoons. He’s worked as an EMT for 5 years and consequently has been poor for 5 years. He figured that if he was going to be poor, he might as well be an artist! So he rode his 1979 Chevrolet Motorhome into the sunset and decided to become a full time Spoken Word Artist. Walker runs Salt Lake City’s longest running Open Mic at the Greenhouse Effect and is the Vice President of the Wasatch Wordsmiths, a Non-Profit organization dedicated to the craft of spoken word.

Matthew J. Kirby is the critically acclaimed and award-winning author of the middle grade novels The Clockwork Three, Icefall, The Lost Kingdom, Infinity Ring Book 5: Cave of Wonders, and The Quantum League series. He was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start, he has won the Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery, the PEN Center USA award for Children’s Literature, and has been named to the New York Public Library’s 100 Books for Reading and Sharing.

Mike Dorrell is originally from Swansea, Wales, and much of his work still has its roots in his Welsh experience. He has over a dozen produced plays to his credit including some half a dozen plays for BBC Radio 4 such as PICTURES OF THE FLOATING WORLD, an examination of the artistic and personal legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright, BURNINGTHE ARC- an antidote to UNDER MILK WOOD and PENNY GAFFS AND ANGELPLACES, a sound portrait of the midlife crisis of Charles Dickens. Work for the stage includes his triptych of stories about his home town, TALKING WALES 1, 11, and 111, for Utah Contemporary Theatre which is designed for performance in non- traditional theatre spaces. He was formerly Dramaturg for Salt Lake Acting Company and in that capacity has developed new work by Julie Jensen, J.T. Rogers and others. He has taught there and for Westminster College. Mike has recently turned to writing literary mysteries.