Now celebrating its tenth year, Literary Death Match returns to Minneapolis on May 16 at the Nomad World Pub.

What is a literary death match? Put simply, it’s a fight to the “death” for four authors, who have seven minutes to present their writing and impress a panel of judges in two separate rounds. The judges then get to respond however they see fit–and not necessarily in terrible seriousness–and move two authors forward to a final round. The event is both tongue-in-cheek and serious, and a lively way to engage with literature.

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Next week’s event will initially pit Patrick Nathan, author of Some Hell, against Su Hwang, the co-founder of Poetry Asylum; the second round will pair poet and playwright Khary Jackson against NEA Grant recipient Jeanne Lutz. The panel of judges includes: Steph Opitz, founding director of the Loft’s Wordplay Festival (beginning in 2019), writer and comedian Brandi Brown, author Maggie Ryan Sandford, and reporter Jana Shortal.

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So if you think the world of literature takes itself too seriously, here’s a chance to see the reverse in action.

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What else is happening in our state? Be sure to check out the 10 p.m. Sunday night WCCO newscasts, where you can learn more in the weekly segment, Finding Minnesota.