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
The Guild Literary Complex is proud to announce the opening of 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 The Guild Literary Complex is proud to announce an open submission period for our Annual Prose Awards–and this year all the better … 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
Join us for the last Palabra Pura of the year hosted by the Guild Literary Complex and curated by David Rade of Swan Isle Press, Noche de Poesía y Amistad Lectura y Conversación ~ An Evening of Poetry and Friendship, Reading & Conversation November’s Palabra Pura will feature readings by Reginald Gibbons, Juana Goergen, Mary Hawley, and Olivia Maciel. Our … Read More
Palabra Pura with Martín Espada Friday, October 28th, 2016 7:00 – 9:00 PM Urban Theater Company 2620 West Division Street, Humboldt Park, Chicago $5.00 suggested donation. Books will be available for purchase. After eight long years away from Chicago, on Friday October 28, 2016, award winning and beloved poet Martín Espada will be hosted by the … Read More
23rd Annual Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Awards Winner is … Nicole Bond! Congratulations to Nicole and all of our Semi-Finalists. Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Awards were held on Tuesday September 27th, 2016 7:30 – 9:30 PM Chopin Theatre, 1543 West Division, Chicago, IL 60642 Finalists for the 23rd Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Awards announced! In Alphabetical … Read More
Join us the weekend of Wicker Park & West Town Lit Fest for a special reading from the newest book from the amazing Quraysh Ali Lansana! He will be reading from a never before seen book! A Gift from Greensboro (Ages 5 & up) is at once an elegy, a celebration of the magic of … Read More
Join the Guild Literary Complex, The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, and the Poetry Foundation as we celebrate the great writers of Chicago. This year we are celebrating one of our very own: Rosellen Brown. Mark your calendars to come and celebrate Rosellen’s amazing body of work, not to mention a life dedicated to the … Read More
The Guild Literary Complex is back for our Fall 2016 season! Launching us off is the Wicker Park and West Town Lit Fest, September 15-18th with Guild Events partnered with Volumes Book Cafe, 826 Chicago, Young Chicago Authors, Book Club, Chicago PRC, Quimby’s Bookstore, Myopic Books, and Impossible Industries. Join us Saturday September 17th at Volumes … Read More