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.

26th Annual Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Awards
September 17, 2019
The Promontory
Doors @ 6:30PM
Show @ 7:30PM

2019 GBOMA Finalists - Read full bios here!
(In alphabetical order)

Arturo Alvarez
Alice Brown
Chirskira Caillouet
Steven Hollander
Isaiah Mākar
David Mathews
Sharon Powell
Kelly Raymundo
Erin Roux
Xenia Ruiz
Myron Stokes
Erin Sweeney
Stasa Wade
Erin Watson
Arne Weingart

With so much excellent work to choose from, the judges’ selections exceeded even the list of finalists to include a couple honorable mentions. These poets will not compete, but their poems were worthy enough to be mentioned along with this great group of finalists.

Honorable mentions
J. Weintraub
Ava Serra


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