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Salt Lake City, Ep. 5

September 16, 2017 — In one of our favorite annual traditions, Literary Death Match returned to the Utah Humanities Book Festival for a brilliant night of literary and comedic zing that finished with Abraham Smith outdueling Franny Choi in a American Psycho or American President? finale to win his record 5th LDM medal, and literary immortality to go with it.

Here's the full lineup from the night:

Literary Merit: Alexander Ortega, award-winning journalist and editor of SLUG
Performance: Lara Jones, Community Content Manager at KRCL & Executive Producer and Host of KRCL's RadioActive
Intangibles: Dallas Graham, storyteller and creator of Red Fred and his Jolly Troop

Round 1:
Danielle Susi, poet, improviser and author of the chapbook The Month in Which We Are Born
* Franny Choi
, author of Floating, Brilliant, Gone and the chapbook Death by Sex Machine

Round 2:
Aaron Gates, co-editor of Peculiar: a queer literary journal (based in Provo, Utah)
* Abraham Smith
, author of four poetry collections: Ashagalomancy; Only Jesus Could Icefish in Summer; Hank; and Whim Man Mammon

Hosted by LDM creator Adrian Todd Zuniga. Produced by Michael McLane.

Where: Sugar Space Arts Warehouse, 132 South 800 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84104 (map)