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
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
A Diamond Ear: Ring Lardner’s Induction to the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, Co-Sponsored by Newberry Library, Guild Literary Complex and more!
May 4 5 p.m. Reception and Special Exhibit Viewing 6-7:15 p.m. Ceremony Ruggles Hall at Newberry Library, 90 W. Walton Street, Chicago, IL 60610 This event is free and open to the public “How can you write if you can’t cry?” Ring Lardner (March 6, 1885-Sept. 25, 1933) will be inducted into the Chicago Literary … Read More
Applied Words: Class and Opportunity, Hosted by the Guild Literary Complex Thursday, April 27th, 2017 7:00-9:30 PM filmfront, 1740 W 18th St, Pilsen, Chicago, Illinois, 60608 April’s Applied Words event, hosted by the Guild Literary Complex, combines a performance and a panel looking at access and the arts. This month’s performance includes multimedia pieces curated by … Read More
Join the Guild Literary Complex Wednesday, April 12th for Palabra Pura 7:30-9:30 PM La Bruquena 2726 West Division Street, Humboldt Park, Chicago, 60622 ~ FOR A SPECIAL EVENT~ Of the Cuban Diaspora: Venturous Journeys among gluttOny and sniFFs Jesús J. Barquet and om ulloa, both poets of the Cuban diaspora, will present new works where … Read More
Voices of Protest and Chicago City of Refuge in the Chicago Reader, with Osama Alomar and Aimee Levitt
Osama Alomar on the cover of the Chicago Reader this week. “Osama Alomar describes the Syrian conflict one very short story at a time. The emigre writer looks for peace of mind in America.” By Aimee Levitt @aimeelevitt, The Chicago Reader April 6, 2017 “When the writer Osama Alomar emigrated from Syria to Chicago in 2008, he … Read More
Voices of Protest: On Syria A CHICAGO CITY OF REFUGE Event April 9, 2017, 1:00-3:00 PM GANNON CENTER · PIPER HALL 970 West Sheridan Road Chicago, Illinois 60660 In collaboration with International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN) and PEN International, the Chicago Network for Justice and Peace, the Guild Literary Complex returns with a second … Read More
You Haven’t Heard This One Before … Dear friends of the Guild Literary Complex, A Poet, A Novelist and an Essayist Walk Into a Bar… No, really, you haven’t heard this one before! Why? Because it’s the theme for the Guild Literary Complex’s annual benefit, “A Poet, A Novelist and an Essayist Walk Into a … Read More