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 Collection is dedicated to the indomitable spirit of the people of the West Side of Chicago” – Guildworks: Writings by the West Side Writers Guild, 1996 Join The Guild, OMB 100 and Jane Addams Hull-House Museum as we reunite–for the first time in two decades–the founding members of the West Side Writers Guild (WSWG), an organization … Read More
Our July Applied Words (originally scheduled for July 10) has been moved to the Fall due to the likelihood of inclement weather, as well as the request of our moderator. Thank you for understanding. Be sure to check us out for our Fall season!
BrooksDay@Nite was a spectacular event held on June 7th celebrating the centennial Birthday of Gwendolyn Brooks on her actually 100th birthday, with one hundred one-minute performances, reception, and more. Presenters for BrooksDay@Nite included: Tyehimba Jess, Angela Jackson, Haki Madhubuti, Nate Marshall, Kevin Coval, Marcus Dunlevy, Runako Jahi, Cheryl Lynn Bruce, Patricia Smith ,Tara Betts, C. Russell Price, … Read More
Join us as C. Russell Price leads a panel that will start to tackle questions about gender and the arts like, “How does an increasingly gender inclusive society affect the way younger artists represent themselves in their life and in their work? What advantages and challenges will present themselves [in the art world] as a … Read More
A Very Special Palabra Pura with Latinx Poets Dr. Grisel Acosta & Vincent Toro, June 22, 7:00-9:00 PM
Join us for a very special Palabra Pura with Dr. Grisel Y. Acosta and Vincent Toro–two amazing Latinx poets in from NYC!–as we talk about memory, language and the way mythology moves through the modern experience. __________ Where: Pint Chicago 1547 North Milwaukee Avenue, Wicker Park, 60622 Thursday June 22 | 7:30 – 9:30 PM … Read More
BrooksDay@Nite Presenters — What an amazing lineup! Join us June 7th for THE Official Centennial Gwendolyn Brooks Birthday Party
BrooksDay@Nite: Praise & Jubilation BrooksDay is a celebration of Gwendolyn Brooks that takes place on the anniversary of her birth, June 7th. Each year you can join us for BrooksDay, celebrating the works of Gwendolyn Brooks on her birthday! Each year we honor her legacy as an artist and an iconic figure of generosity and civic conscience … Read More
Let the 50th Celebrations Begin: Guild Books Remembered, Lit Forward We are kicking off the 50th anniversary celebrations of Guild Books’s beginning. When, you ask? Sunday, May 21, 2017! 2 to 4 pm! Come, celebrate the vitality of independent literature and appraise how literature continues to contribute to social transformation at a time so different from … Read More
Poesía del “Santuario” Pasa abril llenando el mes con poesía, pasa abril dejando el gusto verde de los versos, cuando se despierta la maleza y las alergias, los poemas y la problematica social nos hace llorar en la ciudad de los vientos. Este mes Palabra pura nos presenta poesía del los Andes y del interior … Read More
Miss Chicago, Lady Midwest: Fanny Butcher’s Induction to the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, Co-Sponsored by Newberry Library, Guild Literary Complex and more
Guild Literary Complex joins The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame in celebrating Fanny Butcher Miss Chicago, Lady Midwest: Fanny Butcher’s Induction to CLHOF May 11, 2017 5 p.m. Reception and Special Exhibit Viewing 6-7:15 p.m. Ceremony Ruggles Hall at Newberry Library 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, Illinois 60610 Longtime Tribune Literary Critic Fanny Butcher to … Read More