BOMB’s Poetry Smackdown


As part of Lit Crawl NYC, BOMB Magazine presents: Poetry Smackdown this Saturday at 7pm at Dempsey’s Pub (61 2nd Avenue). Twelve poets will compete in a read-off to win the love of the audience and eternal glory. The first 50 people who attend will get a free chapbook of poetry by our contestants.

Rumpus Poetry Book Club author Leigh Stein will MC, and judges include: Rumpus Funny Women editor Elissa Bassist (me, speaking of myself in the third person), Vol. 1 Brooklyn‘s Founding Editor Jason Diamond, and BOMB Magazine’s Online Poetry Editor Jozeph Herceg.

Poets being judged include:
Melissa Broder
Sasha Fletcher
Sarah Gerard
Jennifer L. Knox
Jason Koo
Austin LaGrone
Dorothea Lasky
Dan Magers
Ben Pease
Bianca Stone
Brian Trimboli
M.A. Vizsolyi

We’d all be eternally grateful to see you on Saturday.

Elissa Bassist edits the Funny Women column. She teaches humor writing at The New School and Catapult. Follow her on Twitter, and visit for more literary, feminist, and personal criticism. More from this author →