January 31, 2013 — LDM kicked off 2013 in brilliant style, as our Kennedy Center debut (presented by Story League) was jam-packed and lightning-swift, an hour of sheer literary and comedic power witnessed by a glorious audience that saw bestselling author Carolyn Parkhurst outduel co-finalist and show-stopper Adele Hampton in a wowing blaze of Literary Card Sharks that won Parkhurst the Literary Death Match crown.
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October 12, 2011 — Before a crowd hushed by tension and sparseness, LDMs return to NYC ended with Jon-Jon Goulian out-literary-spelling Starlee Kine by a final score of 14-9 (impressing with a spot-on race through H-O-U-E-L-L-E-B-E-C-Q) to capture NYC's 39th-ever Literary Death Match crown.
April 28, 2011 — O, Miami indeed! Hilarity reigned at LDM's first-ever Miami episode, where our literary gladiators faced the rowdiest crowd in LDM history, and triumphed! Literature 1, Ladies' Night, 0. And the ultimate victors: Hialeah Haiku's Nodarse and Santayana!
June 17, 2010 — Brilliance reigned supreme at New York City's 27th-ever Literary Death Match, as four heavyweights slugged it out at Bowery Poetry Club, with The Rumpus founding editor Stephen Elliott out Card Shark'd co-finalist Rakesh Satyal by a final score of 2-1, avenging his LDM first-round knockout 90 episodes ago in San Francisco, and claiming the LDM crown.
Holiday hysteria filled the air at LDM NYC, Ep. 21, and participants and audience members (and audience members turned participants) seemed more than eager to inhale. Admission was free and rounds were fast; as fast, in fact, as “an atmospheric discharge of electricity accompanied by thunder” (Wikipedia).
NYC’s Literary Death Match, Ep. 12 turned Manhattan’s Slipper Room into a literary paradise. A packed house of well-coifed cleverists off-stage, on-stage saw Cintra Wilson (representing The New York Times) out-sketch co-finalist Christopher Monks (McSweeneys.net) in a judge drawing competition that went down to the wire. In the end, Wilson scored the LDM medal, and a lifelong sense of achievement that no one, ever, can undo.
November 11, 2008—The Literary Death Match TV edition (NYC, Ep. 11) stormed the Housing Works Bookstore on 11/11, as the world’s most combative reading series aimed to announce literature as a viable TV medium. Cameras dotted the balcony and floor and crowds filled in the rest, as Tao Lin (representing Muumuu House) shook Soho and won the LDM crown by out-money-grabbing co-finalist Amy Sohn (Brooklyn Writers Space) in the first-ever “Who Gets the Biggest Book Advance?” finale.
The LDM (Ep. 10) returned to NYC’s finest venue (The Kitchen) for a party that doubled as the Opium7:7 NYC launch. The result: an event that shook Chelsea with a blare of talent, whimsy and ridiculousness. Once the dust and invisible bullets had settled, Guerrilla Lit Reading Series representative Dennis DiClaudio out-Laser Tagged co-finalist, and L Magazine Literary Upstart rep Lincoln Michel in a three-round duel that won DiClaudio the LDM title.
The third-ever outdoor LDM (Ep. 8)--this time at Sara D. Roosevelt Park in New York City--was the site of a literary bloodbath, as Titlepage.tv’s John Williams outhopped Wigleaf’s Debbie Kuan in a grueling tooth-and-nail battle that captured the imagination of a continent. Williams late rally (whilst jumping along in a GLAD ForceFlex trash bag) scored him the LDM medal, and superstar status for the rest of his days.
A pair of NYC debuts lit the literary world on fire on Sept. 27: the first-ever Lit Crawl NYC (that traveled from the Lower East Side, to the East Village and finally on to Williamsburg) featured the first-ever Lightning Round LDM, Ep. 9, at Supreme Trading in Brooklyn.