It may not be a word duel to the death, but only one local author will stand victorious on March 11, when Opium Magazine brings its Literary Death Match series to Savannah.
Savannah College of Art and Design graduate writing student J. Charlotte Jarrett joins award-winning author Adam Davies (“Mine All Mine”), Emmy Award winner Zach Powers and Maryann Stahl (“Forgive the Moon”) in a reading event that combines the spoken-word energy of a poetry jam with the maniacal competition of “Dancing with the Stars.” Each writer has seven minutes to read from their works to impress the judges, including slam poet Clinton Powell and radio personality Shawn “J. Chris” Christopher.
The top two will compete in a finale that could range from “muzakal chairs” to a plastic farm animal toss, if any of the previous competitions are any indication.
Jarrett, who has been published in the Brushing Literary Journal, Document and South magazine, isn’t sure what she’s reading just yet.
“I do stand-up at the kitchen sink, maybe I’ll just write it down,” she said.
Terrified of public speaking, Jarrett said she’s “equally terrified of publicly making a fool out of myself, so it should be quite a night.”
Opium Magazine, an on-line and print humor publication for the literary set, has hosted more than 70 such events in 18 cities worldwide, including Chicago, Denver and Dublin. Literary Death Match is hosted monthly in New York City and San Francisco.
Literary Death Match will take place at Blowin’ Smoke Barbecue, 514 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Doors open at 7:30 pm and the event starts at 8:30 p.m. For more information visit their Web site.Contact Amy Page Condon.