COVID-19 update, 3/13/20

During the last 30 years, the Guild’s mission has always included writers, performers, and artists gathering together in fellowship and support of one another. With our spring season just beginning, we shed our winter skin and, like everyone else, we had events on the calendar in March. 

At this time, we err on the side of caution and safety, postponing all our events through the end of March. Each of these events will be rescheduled to a later date. We will monitor the situation as it continues to evolve and update you about future events as it becomes relevant.

As always, we stand with the worker and we stand with the artists. We understand how this period of limited isolation can impact the economy. So please even as we keep ourselves safe, we need to continue to support small business owners, the bookstores, and coffeehouses. Check on friends and loved ones. Stay diligent about hand washing. Be well. Stay healthy.  

$30k for 30 Years

At the end of 2019, the Guild exceeded its goal of raising $30k to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

Thanks to the generosity of our many supporters throughout the city. This shows that our programs are more relevant than ever, and we look forward to making even bigger impacts in Chicago as we begin 2020!


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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