Guild Literary Complex

Guild

LITERARY COMPLEX

FOUNDED IN 1989

The Guild Literary Complex is a 30-year-old grassroots literary arts organization creating performance-based events in and around the Chicagoland area.

We partner and collaborate with other community groups on social and restorative justice issues, providing arts and advocacy programming for marginalized voices. 

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Upcoming Events

FEATURED EVENT:

Transvengence: Pride Edition

June 18, 2024 | 7:30 PM @ Clash on Clark

Celebrate Pride Month with Transvengence – Turn Up! Edition

FEATURING: Jack and Lynzo the Heartthrob, with your host, Joss Barton. Open mic starts at 7:30pm.

PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT:

TRANSVENGENCE

Launched in 2022 as part of the Guild’s Press Room series, the Transvengence reading series is the brainchild of your host, Joss Barton, a trans performer, poet and writer.

June 12, 2024

Check out recent coverage of Transvengence in the Chicago Reader!

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WRITER SPOTLIGHT:

Joss Barton

JOSS BARTON is a writer, journalist, and spoken word performance artist exploring and documenting queer and trans* life, love, and liberation. Her work blends femme-fever dreams over the soundtrack of the American nightmare. Combining prose poetry, non-fiction confessional essays, drag artistry, and spoken word stage performances, Joss examines the myriad states of queer trans womanhoods from historical, political, and pop cultural identities of death, desires, dreams, and disco. 

Joss hosts the regular Transvengence reading and open mic series as part of the Guild’s Press Room programming.