Since 1989, the Guild Literary Complex has served the Chicago community through innovative programming that highlights the intersections of marginality, the power of community, and the impact of arts and activism. We build on Chicago’s rich literary traditions through vibrant storytelling and radical inclusion, advancing access to and from the margins. The Guild Literary Complex supports and encourage voices of all backgrounds and experiences to tell their truths, whether they are literary powerhouses or talented newcomers. We view literature as a vehicle of connectivity, and aim to merge seemingly disparate groups across Chicago's 50 wards. The Guild Literary Complex is a 501c3 nonprofit organization working in collaboration with the City of Chicago and organizations like the Poetry Foundation, The Museum of Contemporary Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, The Southeast Asian Center, Brooks Permissions, Third World Press, Sones de Mexico and many others, creating dynamic programming highlighting our varied and robust literary community of voices speaking from the margins.
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Latest Blog Posts
CHICAGO – The Guild Literary Complex, one of Chicago’s oldest literary organization, is pleased to announce that Andrea Change is the non-profit’s new president. Change is poet, writer and a long-time friend of the Guild Literary Complex and until recently served on the executive board as secretary. She has been instrumental in many of the … Read More
February 9th, Washington DC: Brooks Books at AWP with Guild Complex, Brooks Permissions, and The Golden Shovel Anthology
Join Guild Literary Complex, 826DC, University of Arkansas Press, The editors of the Golden Shovel Anthology: Peter Kahn, Ravi Shankar, Patricia Smith, & Brooks Permissions As we celebrate the launch of TWO brand new anthologies honoring the work and legacy of the legendary Gwendolyn Brooks. This one-of-a-kind event will feature performances by Terrance Hayes, Dottie Lasky, Kwame Dawes, Camille … Read More
For Non-Fiction: “Ruminants” Brianne LaPelusa is a writer and artist living in Chicago. The current focus of her work involves the relationships between human and nonhuman animals, environments, bodies, technology, industry, mental illness, and witness. She is currently working on her thesis as an M.F.A. candidate in Nonfiction Writing at Columbia College. … Read More
Thank you to all of our contestants in the first Leon Forrest Prose Awards, & congratulations to our six semi-finalists! Semi-finalists in Fiction are Jerry Armour, by Kelly Xintaris Soaking, by Adam Mrjoian The Me Zone, by John Green Semi-finalists in Non-fiction are: Climbing the Pain Scale, by Kelsey Wiora Daughters Must Have Their Own Agendas, … Read More
Make History with the Guild Literary Complex this January Join us for the First Ever Leon Forrest Prose Awards Hosted by Guild Literary Complex & The Promontory With Emcee Mario Smith and Special Guest Marianne Forrest _____________ See you Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 7:30-9:30 PM at 5311 South Lake Park Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60615 Click HERE to get your Leon … Read More
Come out January 15, 2017, to join the Guild Literary Complex for a night of poetry that speaks to resistance and the need for social change. The Guild Literary Complex, one of Chicago’s oldest literary organizations, is proud to take part in Chicago #WRITERS RESIST, a day of readings and community events taking place across … Read More
The Guild Literary Complex is proud to announce the opening submission period for the Leon Forrest Prose Awards for Short Fiction and Non-Fiction ____ Calling all short fiction and non-fiction writers! December 1, 2016 – January 1, 2017, Open Submission Period Event will be held Wednesday, January 11th 7:30-10:00 PM at The Promontory 5311 S. Lake Park … Read More
On December 8th, 2016, 6:00-9:00 PM we hope you will join us for a Thank you to You Party~ Uptown Lounge is helping the Guild throw a party to celebrate all things Guild, all things literary, all things Chicago, friendships, and most importantly you! The Guild Literary Complex wants to end the year with all … Read More
An appeal from the Board President Dear friends, As we witness the disturbing intolerance toward people and ideas that diverge from the mainstream, the work of the Guild Literary Complex has never been more important than it is right now. For the past 27 years the marginalized voices of women, people of color, people of different … Read More