Metaphor Dice Demo and Throwdown!

Bookfair Stage, Sponsored by the Dramatists Guild, Exhibit Hall 1 & 2, Summit Building
Friday, March 10, 2023
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


After a brief demonstration of Metaphor Dice, a prompt-generating tool based on the understanding that a metaphor is merely an equation between an idea and a thing, some of the biggest names in contemporary poetry and spoken word will casually compete in a series of improvisational rounds using the dice, rotating on and off several hot seats on stage. By the end, even certain audience members may have earned a chance to write and perform in a round or two of fast-paced, low-stakes, literary fun!

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Metaphor_Dice_EVENT_OUTLINE.docx



Taylor Mali, teacher, poet, and inventor, is a four-time National Poetry Slam champion and one of the original poets to appear on the HBO series Def Poetry Jam. He is the inventor of Metaphor Dice and the founding curator of Page Meets Stage, a reading series hosted at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City.

Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz is an award-winning nonfiction writer and poet. Her second nonfiction book, Dr Mutter's Marvels, was a New York Times bestseller, and her seventh book of poetry, How to Love the Empty Air, was released this spring. She lives in Austin, Texas.

Brendan Constantine is the author of five collections of poetry. A popular performer, he has presented his work to audiences across the US and Europe. He currently teaches creative writing at a high school in Los Angeles and since 2017 has been developing poetry workshops for people with aphasia.

Derrick Brown is the president of Write Bloody Publishing. He is the author of ten books of poetry and four children's books, and is the winner of the 2013 Texas Book of The Year Prize for poetry, and he actually does mind stealing bread from the mouths of decadence.

Nicole Homer, author of Pecking Order, is an NJ State Arts Council Fellow, community college educator, poet, writer, and performer. She lives online at nicolehomer.com and lurks on social media.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center