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
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
For Non-Fiction: “Ruminants” Brianne LaPelusa is a writer and artist living in Chicago. The current focus of her work involves the relationships between human and nonhuman animals, environments, bodies, technology, industry, mental illness, and witness. She is currently working on her thesis as an M.F.A. candidate in Nonfiction Writing at Columbia College. … Read More
Thank you to all of our contestants in the first Leon Forrest Prose Awards, & congratulations to our six semi-finalists! Semi-finalists in Fiction are Jerry Armour, by Kelly Xintaris Soaking, by Adam Mrjoian The Me Zone, by John Green Semi-finalists in Non-fiction are: Climbing the Pain Scale, by Kelsey Wiora Daughters Must Have Their Own Agendas, … Read More
Make History with the Guild Literary Complex this January Join us for the First Ever Leon Forrest Prose Awards Hosted by Guild Literary Complex & The Promontory With Emcee Mario Smith and Special Guest Marianne Forrest _____________ See you Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 7:30-9:30 PM at 5311 South Lake Park Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60615 Click HERE to get your Leon … Read More
Come out January 15, 2017, to join the Guild Literary Complex for a night of poetry that speaks to resistance and the need for social change. The Guild Literary Complex, one of Chicago’s oldest literary organizations, is proud to take part in Chicago #WRITERS RESIST, a day of readings and community events taking place across … Read More