The Last Reading on Earth, Ever: A Marathon Reading of Apocalyptic Writing

InDigest is hosting an online reading Friday, December 21st, of apocalyptic poems and stories to welcome the day of the apocalypse, the day of our ultimate doom.

We’ve had the interns here in the InDigest Offices working night and day to find an exact time for the apocalypse, but, as of this moment, we have no definitive answer. Our apologies. Rest assured that the InDigest Offices will not rest until we are able to tell you exactly the moment that human life as we know it will cease to matter.

Since we don’t know when the rapture begins, we’ll start the marathon reading in the morning, and it will go until we’re all dead.

Starting Friday morning you’ll be able to watch the entire marathon reading through InDigest’s YouTube channel or right here at our website. (It’ll be very obvious where to go on our homepage.) That means you can start it any time you’d like. It’ll be available in its entirety all day. Gather your loved ones, have your last meal, and listen to some of the world’s finest writers read their poems, prophecies, stories, and speculations about the end of mankind as we know it. (Though, if the internet survives we’ll have a nice record of how wrong we were about our end, as this reading will live forever in our hearts and minds. Or, failing that, in the instance of true apocalypse, it’ll live forever on the internet, this foreign, mysterious electronic thingamajig that the hybrid cockroach-twinkie overlords will need to figure out to truly understand what came before them.)

If you’re interested in participating you can read our full (and, frankly, complicated) guidelines at our submissions page.

We are looking forward to spending our last moments on this planet with you, listening to our favorite authors read.

Check back regularly to find an updated list of readers who will be a part of the marathon.
Current readers include Lizzy Acker, David Atkinson, Alberg Balasch, Joseph Bates, Caren Beilin, David Blair, Amaranth Borsuk, J. Bradley, Emily Brandt, Marc Capdevila, Heather Christle, Ryan Collins, Lucy Corin, Paul Dickinson, T.M. De Vos, Adam Fell, Elisa Gabbert, Amelia Gray, J.C. Hallman, Matt Hart, Geoff Herbach, Steven Karl, Becca Klaver, Miles Klee, Gregory Lawless, D.W. Lichtenberg, Brad Liening, Michael Martone, Matt Mauch, David Moscovich, Dustin Luke Nelson, Nathan Oates, Joseph Michael Owens, Bradley Paul, Kathleen Rooney, Christopher Salerno, Paul Siegell, Bianca Stone, AE Stueve, Mathias Svalina, Maureen Thorson, Leah Umansky, Ellen Welcker, Rachel Zucker, and more. (If we’re slow about updating this just think about all the other important things we need to be doing before we no longer exist.)


Dustin Nelson Dustin Luke Nelson

Dustin Luke Nelson is the author of the forthcoming collection "in the office hours of the polar vortex" (Robocup, 2015) and the chapbook "Abraham Lincoln" (Mondo Bummer, 2013). His 90-minute performance film "STRIKE TWO" debuted with Gauss PDF in April and his performance piece "Applause" debuted at the Walker Art Center's Open Field in June. His poems have or will appear in the Greying Ghost Pamphlet Series, Fence Magazine, Paper Darts, Opium, 3:AM, the Nervous Breakdown, and elsewhere. His digital self is housed at

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