Monday, January 4, 2010

Literary Deathmatch in Dallas, TX!

Hi everyone! We just stopped by to let everyone know about this great event occurring in Dallas, Texas on January 15th, 2010. After a dazzling Texas debut at the Texas Book Festival on Halloween, the Literary Deathmatch returns to the Lone Star State for LDM Dallas, Ep. 1 at the Dallas Museum of Art (as part of their Arts & Letters Live series). The event brings together a Texas-sized roster of talent with each reader representing a different urban center. See Amelia Gray (Austin), Will Clarke (Dallas), William Razavi (San Antonio), and Katherine Center (Houston). All to be judged by a trio of all-stars in author Ben Fountain (Brief Encounters with Che Guevera), actress Tina Parker, and Owen Egerton (How Best to Avoid Dying). Hosted by Opium's founding editor Todd Zuniga.

Dallas Literary Deathmatch
January 15th, 2010
Doors at 7, show at 7:30.
Dallas Museum of Art, Horchow Auditorium, 1717 North Harwood Street
Tickets are included with the cost of General Admission to the Museum and can be reserved in advance.

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.

To satisfy your curiosity, here's a short video of an NYC LDM featuring Gavin McInnis:

Hope to see you there!