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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Voices of Protest: On Syria A CHICAGO CITY OF REFUGE Event April 9, 2017, 1:00-3:00 PM GANNON CENTER · PIPER HALL 970 West Sheridan Road Chicago, Illinois 60660 In collaboration with International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN) and PEN International, the Chicago Network for Justice and Peace, the Guild Literary Complex returns with a second … Read More
You Haven’t Heard This One Before … Dear friends of the Guild Literary Complex, A Poet, A Novelist and an Essayist Walk Into a Bar… No, really, you haven’t heard this one before! Why? Because it’s the theme for the Guild Literary Complex’s annual benefit, “A Poet, A Novelist and an Essayist Walk Into a … Read More
Join the Guild Literary Complex For our April Palabra Pura Of the Cuban Diaspora: Venturous Journeys among gluttOny and sniFFs April 12, 7:30 – 9:30 PM La Bruquena Restaurant 2726 West Division Street, Chicago, Illinois 60622 Of the Cuban Diaspora: Venturous Journeys among gluttOny and sniFFs Jesús J. Barquet and om ulloa, both poets of the Cuban … Read More
Applied Words: Intersectional Women’s Issues and Representation in the Media, March 14, Columbia College Chicago
Applied Words Intersectional Women’s Issues and Representation in the Media Join us Tuesday March 14, 2017 6:30 PM-9:30 PM Columbia College Chicago, Conaway Center 1104 South Wabash Chicago, 60605 This month Applied Words looks at how women are represented in film, music, television and other popular media and what lasting effects these portrayals leave on … Read More
Applied Words is Back, Tonight at Chopin Theatre with a conversation around Segregation and Education in Chicago, and the impact of the Arts
Applied Words is back! Language is adhesive. By connecting artists and experts in various fields of study, Applied Words uses language as a platform for conversations about contemporary social issues at the local, national, and international level. Language takes on many forms such as words, dance, and visual art and in showcasing these languages alongside … Read More
Palabra Pura is Back with our 12th Season! Kicking off February 15, 2017, Love and Cólera/Rage with special performance by Marcus Dunleavy
Wednesday February 15, 2017 ~ 7:30-9:30 PM La Bruquena, 2726 West Division Street, Humboldt Park, Chicago, Illinois 60622 Each year the Guild Literary Complex opens the Palabra Program with readings by some of our wonderful Palabra Pura alumni. This year, on Wednesday, February 15, we’re kicking off SEASON 12 of Palabra Pura, the bilingual reading series … Read More
Join us for the Launch of the CHICAGO CITY OF REFUGE In collaboration with International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN) and PEN International, the Chicago Network for Justice and Peace, and the Guild Literary Complex announce the launch of the CHICAGO CITY OF REFUGE project for exiled writers. The launch will be celebrated at 1 … Read More
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, Curbside Splendor Publishing, & Brooks Permissions To celebrate the launch of THREE brand new anthologies Honoring the work and legacy of the legendary Gwendolyn Brooks. Featuring performances by Terrance Hayes, Dottie Lasky, Kwame … Read More