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
Brooks In Translation | Wednesday, October 18, 2017 Come for a night of bilingual Brooks with poetry, music, conversation, and more! Join the Guild Literary Complex in partnership with Our Miss Brooks 100, Brooks Permissions, Chicago Community Trust, and the Chicago Public Library as we bring you a very special Palabra Pura celebrating the life … Read More
CHICAGO CITY OF REFUGE INITIATIVE Readings and Remembrance: Writing and Witness with WENDY PEARLMAN | LUCINA KATHMANN interviewed by Unoma Azuah and Riad Ismat Please join the Chicago City of Refuge Initiative as we discuss writing as an act of witness as Chicago City of Refuge writers Unoma Azuah and Riad Ismat interview scholar Wendy … Read More
We have heard from the judges that the competition is just so close they are having a hard time making a final decision on the semi-finalists. We hope to be back to you with the list of semi-finalists tomorrow, but certainly by Friday the 22nd at the latest! Please plan to join us Sept 27, … Read More
We’re baaaaaack. Your friendly Wicker Park Lit partners are back at the Farmers’ Market. Sunday, September 17th | 9:00–13:00 Wicker Park – Chicago Park District 1425 N. Damen Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60622 Same as last year – Bring a book – Take a book (or 2) This is Wicker Park Lit Fest Weekend – so … Read More
Sunday Sept 17th, 6:30 PM- 8:00 PM Volumes Bookscafe | 1474 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60622 Join The Guild Literary Complex and Partner Volumes Bookcafe during Wicker Park Lit Fest weekend for a reading/conversation about Community of Place with the amazing Audrey Petty and Vida Cross. Vida Cross is a blues poet. Her work … Read More
Falling for Gwendolyn Brooks! With Brooks Permissions Sunday, September 17th, 2017 4:30-6:30 PM The celebration of the Gwendolyn Brooks centennial continues with a special look at the fall section of SEASONS: A Gwendolyn Brooks Experience. SEASONS is a unique look at the life and work of Ms. Brooks in this new book filled with thematic … Read More
Exciting Announcement 24th Annual Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Awards 2017 SUBMISSIONS Extended to Sunday, September 10th at 11:59 PM! The Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award competition is open to Illinois residents aged 18 and older. This annual event is always a crown pleaser with past winners including the esteemed poets Sename Amagashie, Lucy Anderton, Tara Betts, C.C. … Read More
Lisa Wagner talks with Dipika Mukherjee, Sonal Shukla, and Samantha Hoffman at the American Writers Museum, August 1 2017 | 5:00-7:00 PM
Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 | 5:00-7:00 PM at the American Writers Museum Join us for a reading and signing with Dipika Mukherjee (Shambala Junction), winner of the Virginia Prize for Fiction winner, Aurora Metro Books’ biennial prize to encourage and promote new writing by women. Mukherjee’s debut novel was long-listed for the Man Asian Literary Prize (2011) … Read More
‘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