1:45pm Saturday 8/30
Words & Ideas Stage
This competitive, humor-centric series features four authors performing their most electric writing in seven minutes or less before a panel of three judges. After each pair of readings, the judges — focused on literary merit, perfomance, and intangibles — take turns spout commentary about each story, then select their favorites. The two finalists compete in the Literary Death Match finale, which trades in the show’s literary sensibility for an absurd climax to determine who takes home the crown. Created and hosted by: Adrian Todd Zuniga. Featured Judges: David Schmader (writer, performer), Rachel Kessler (poet, performer), W. Kamau Bell (comedian). Featured Contestants: Sara Benincasa (author, comedian), Rachel Shukert (author), Jamaal May (poet, author), Peter Mountford (author).