Poetry Deathmatch Cabaret at the Bootleg


Melrose Poetry Bureau returns to the Bootleg Theater with all new extravaganza of poetry, burlesque, and armageddon: the Poetry Deathmatch Cabaret.

Tickets available here.


Poetry Deathmatch Cabaret is an all out extravaganza of an evening that pits improvising typewriter poets against each other in the smoky backroom of burlesque, booze, and song.

In a world where prohibition is real and poetry is outlawed, these dueling poets create objects of illicit beauty on the spot to carry your favor and save their skin, all the while being stalked by a burlesque dancer.

Beginning with ideas from you, the audience, performers compete in a series of increasingly herculean tasks to see who will be poet laureate of the apocalypse.

The risqué, social critique, and satire live side-by-side in this speakeasy for thirsty souls.

Come burn down the night with the poets!
The Poets:
Aman Batra (LA Slam Team Member)
James Gangl (Instructor, Second City)
Bobby Gordon (Poetry Lecturer, UCLA)
Nayeli Knudsen (Def Poetry Jam)
Linda Ravenswood (Nominee, Poet Laureate of Los Angeles)
Brian Sonia-Wallace (Writer-in-Residence, Mall of America)

*11 shows*

FRI Jan. 12 at 7:30PM
SAT Jan. 13 at 7:30PM
SUN Jan. 14 at 2:00PM
THU Jan. 18 at 7:30PM
FRI Jan. 19 at 7:30PM
SAT Jan. 20 at 7:30PM
SUN Jan. 21 at 2:00PM
THU Jan. 25 at 7:30PM
FRI Jan. 26 at 7:30PM
SAT Jan. 27 at 7:30PM
SUN Jan. 28 at 2:00PM

$20 General Admission
$40 V.I.P. (includes drink ticket, Poetry on The Rocks ice cube, and custom poem mailed to you after the show on the topic of your choice)

Tickets available here.

Melrose Poetry Bureau.

Melrose Poetry Bureau‘s 


Friday. January 12, 2018

DOORS: 7:00 PM /

SHOW: 7:30 PM



2220 Beverly Blvd,

Los Angeles, CA 90057

Los Angeles, CA

Melrose Poetry Bureau
Melrose Poetry Bureau [MPB] creates live poetry experiences on typewriters. We blur the boundaries between poetry, theatre, and improvisation to create connection through ink in a wired-in world. Our work unmasks the creative process as typewriter-wielding poets create new, original works on-the-spot, based on topics given to them by the public. MPB was founded in 2014 by Nayeli Knudsen and Bobby Gordon, and is represented by Knudsen Productions.

Partnerships have included UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion, Google, LA Library Foundation, LA2050, Highways, Freight and Salvage, and the L.A. Philharmonic, with longer residencies at UCLA, LA’s Natural History Museum, Chandler Center for the Arts (AZ), and Write Club LA at the Bootleg Theatre. We are thrilled to be coming home!

Pauline Adamek

Pauline Adamek is a Los Angeles-based arts enthusiast with twenty-five years' experience covering International Film Festivals and reviewing new Theatre, Film and Restaurants.


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