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.

Featured Event

29th Annual GBOMA

Join us for the LIVE GBOMA finals on

SEPTEMBER 28th @ 7pm
The Den Theatre

Upcoming Events

Join us

at the

2023 Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Awards!

Thursday | September 28, 2023
7:00pm @ The Den Theatre

Congrats to our 20 finalists!

Fadia Antabli
Jóse Bono Rovirosa
Janet Burroway
Mars Caulton
Morgan Eklund
Kat Freeze
Allison Joseph
Khloe Kammerzell
Chuck Kramer
Robert Lawrence

Irene Martinez
Miguel Marzana
David Mathews
Francesca Moroney
Hilesh Patel
Timothy David Rey
Myron Stokes
Kira Tucker
Crystal Vance Guerra
Arne Weingart

GUILD SPOTLIGHT: 30th Anniversary of Always Running with Luis Rodriguez

Friday, October 13th | 6pm @ the Chicago History Museum

In collaboration with the Chicago History Museum, The Guild Complex celebrates 30 years of Always
—the debut novel by author, poet, and founder/publisher of Tia Chucha Press, Luis J Rodriguez.

There will be some special performances followed by a special reading with Luis Rodriguez along with an interview and discussion with Hector Chavez, PhD, Loyola University Chicago (Director, Latin American and Latino/a Studies Program) and Lit & Luz Festival Board member.

Book signing and reception immediately following.



Lit & Luz Festival is a one-of-a-kind series of events featuring renowned authors and visual artists from the US and Mexico in cultural exchange and conversation.

Lit & Luz Festival 

10th Anniversary Celebration

Chicago | October 13-21, 2023

This October, join us for more than a dozen bilingual programs throughout Chicago. This year’s festival kicks off on October 13th with an exhibition of work from Lit & Luz Collaboration Cohort artists from the past decade at Chicago Art Department and closes on October 21st with the Live Magazine Show at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

Learn more about the event here!