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Entries in Jeff Martin (6)


Tulsa, Ep. 5

October 14, 2015 — For our annual pilgrammage to wonderful Oklahoma, we once again teamed with Booksmart Tulsa for our first-ever Literary Death Match at Living Arts of Tulsa, where writerly and comedic fireworks were on display as Beau Adams trumped Andrew Marshall in a wily Literary Charades finale to win Adams the LDM Tulsa, Ep. 5 crown.

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Tulsa, Ep. 4

April 23, 2014 — To start the Oklahoma spring off right, LDM once again teamed with Booksmart Tulsa for an epic return to the Sooner State — and more specifically to All Souls Unitarian Church — with a show that saw Matt Cauthron outduel co-finalist Lara Marie Schoenhals in a hotly-contested battle of One Star Wonder, winning Cauthron the LDM Tulsa, Ep. 4 crown in overtime. 

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Tulsa, Ep. 2

September 21, 2012 — On a cricket-filled Oklahoma eve, Literary Death Match once again teamed with Book Smart Tulsa for a return to the 918 for a genius night that saw TulsaPeople Magazine's Jeff Van Hanken outduel This Land Press's Natasha Ball in a hotly-contested Literary Spelling Bee that won Van Hanken the LDM Tulsa crown. 

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LDM 2011: Year in Review

A Portland-based journalist asked me to tell her about my experience watching Literary Death Match grow after going from four events in one city (NYC) in 2006, to 68 events over 31 cities in 2011. Here was my answer (that went unpublished — she just used a tiny quote from another question): 

"As far as I can tell, the stages of creation go something like this: 

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Tulsa, Ep. 1

November 15, 2011 – In one of the Literary Death Match's greatest all-time city debuts (Tulsa became our 39th home), the Muzakal Chairs throwback finale saw Team Cary Aspinwall fall to Team Sloan Davis in a remarkably close, and brilliantly contested finish at Congregation B'Nai Emunah Synagogue that won Davis Tulsa's first ever LDM crown. And all of it thanks to Booksmart Tulsa.

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Austin, Ep. 1

October 31, 2009—by Tyler Stoddard Smith—The Texas Book Festival was a veritable feast of literary delights, none more savory than the “boot-up-your-ass” brawl during the Lone Star State’s first Literary Death Match in Austin. Festivalgoers may have been a bit bemused at learning the forum for the LDM was not a bar called "The Sanctuary" (as I first thought) but in fact an actual sanctuary housed in the First United Methodist Church. However, the proceedings were as bare-knuckled and bawdy as they come, House o’ the Lord be damned.

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