Local contenders are writer Sean Toner, reading his essay "Roads Under Repair," and poet Michael O'Hara, who wrote the chapbook "The Year with No Holidays." Personal essayist Jamie-Lee Josselyn faces Courtney Bambrick, poetry editor for Philadelphia Stories.
Contestants read a piece of their own writing in seven minutes or less. Three celebrity judges provide humorous commentary and critique. The two winners fight to the figurative literary death in the final round. Tonight's judges include poetry-slam artist Karina Kacala; audio mixologist Cyrille Taillandier, who has worked with Lenny Kravitz, Jennifer Lopez, P Diddy and R. Kelly; and Jonathan Valania, editor in chief of the political blog Phawker.com.
Literary Death Match came to Philly in May, but, since its beginning in 2006 in New York, there have been matches in 37 cities, including London and Paris.Tonight's match begins at 8. Tickets are $7 online, $10 at the door. 215-222-1400, worldcafelive.com.
- Alissa Falcone
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