Guild Literary Complex




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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Give to the guild

Your financial support makes everything possible. It helps ensure that our unique, cross-cultural programs continue to provide an outlet for Chicago’s established and emerging artists and writers, and opportunities for provocative conversation between artists and audiences.

Donations help us with things like paying featured artists and awarding contest prices, renting space for rehearsals and performances, hiring videographers to share event footage with new audiences, and keeping low ticket prices to all our events.


Proudly sponsored by the Guild Literary Complex, Exhibit B is a performance series that pushes artists to think beyond the typical limitations of a reading and to develop new ways to bring their work into the world.

Upcoming Events

Congratulations to our 2023 GBOMA winner, Myron Stokes!

The 29th annual Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Awards (GBOMA) were held on was held on September 29, 2023 at the Den Theatre in Chicago. 

You can enjoy an audio recording of the 2023 performances below: