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Literary Death Match

April 11, 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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Tickets for our VIP Festival Club Reception and seating for LDM on the Orchestra level are $50 each or $300 for a reserved table of four. Enjoy cocktails, savory bites and live music by Cryin’ D.T. Buffkin from 5:30-6:30pm. The LDM program begins at 7:00pm.

  • Tables & Tickets available in limited quantities! Please call 210.225.4728 ext. 16 to purchase.

General Admission tickets are available for $10. These seats to “LDM Live” are on the 2nd floor Mezzanine and include live music by Cryin’ D.T. Buffkin from 5:30-6:30pm and a cash bar. The LDM program begins at 7:00pm.

  • “LDM Live” Tickets available at the Empire Box Office or here!

 “…the most entertaining reading series ever.”

LA Times

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 ofDouble 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.

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.

It may sound like a circus — and that’s half the point. Literary Death Match is passionate about inspecting new and innovative ways to present text off the page, and the most fascinating part about the LDM is how seriously attentive the audience is during each reading. We’ve called this the great literary ruse: an audacious and inviting title, a harebrained finale, but in-between the judging creates a relationship with the viewer as a judge themselves.


Neal Pollack, author of the best-selling books Downward-Facing Death, Jewball andAlternadad
Lance Rubin, author the YA novel Denton Little’s Deathdate & co-host of The Lance and Ray Show Podcast
Natalia Sylvester, author of the debut novel Chasing the Sun
Isabel Quintero, author of Gabi, A Girl in Pieces, winner of the 2015 William C. Morris Award & the Tomas Rivera Award

Literary Merit: Luis Alberto Urrea, Pulitzer Prize finalist & member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame
Performance: Molly Cox, Chief of Engagement for San Antonio’s SA2020 andTEDxSanAntonio emcee
Intangibles: Wendi Aarons, award-winning humor writer and blogger


April 11, 2015
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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