Literary Death Match is back in town for a night of beer, books, and lit battles. The premise is simple: a handful of authors read from new works, which are then judged by a panel of peers. Along the way there are performances, witticisms, and pints. The judges for this installment are comedian Brandi Brown, news anchor Jana Shortal, science whiz Maggie Ryan, and Steph Opitz, who is organizing the Loft’s new Wordplay festival. Brave wordsmiths reading this evening include Patrick Nathan (Some Hell), poet Su Hwang, award-winning author Jeanne Lutz, and renaissance man Khary Jackson (he’s a poet, teacher, playwright, actor, and dancer). Find tickets at www.literarydeathmatch.com.