Guild Literary Complex




The Guild Literary Complex is a 30-year-old grassroots literary arts organization creating performance-based events in and around the Chicagoland area.

We partner and collaborate with other community groups on social and restorative justice issues, providing arts and advocacy programming for marginalized voices. Learn more…

An Evening w/ Kathleen Rooney & Jeremy T. Wilson

11/16, 7pm @ Pilsen Community Books | Find Out More

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Congratulations to our 2023 GBOMA winner, Myron Stokes!

The 29th annual Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Awards (GBOMA) were held on was held on September 29, 2023 at the Den Theatre in Chicago. 

You can enjoy an audio recording of the 2023 performances below:



Proudly sponsored by the Guild Literary Complex, Exhibit B is a performance series that pushes artists to think beyond the typical limitations of a reading and to develop new ways to bring their work into the world.

Exhibit B 

A Literary Variety Show

Thursday, Nov. 9th @ 7pm | Pilsen Community Books

Exhibit B’s November reading at Pilsen Community Books will feature poetry, prose, and a piano as authors Willie Lin, S.L. Wisenberg, and Michael Dean, will be joined by pianist Marissa Kerbel for a special evening. 

Learn more about the event here!