The Applied Words program explores contemporary issues through a multidisciplinary lens. Poetry readings are paired with performances from other creative mediums, such as dance, theatre, and visual art.
By experiencing how different methods of artistic exploration intersect, attendees come away with a refreshed vocabulary for talking about old problems and a renewed sense of understanding and overcoming.
This reading was a part of the Guild Literary Complex’s Applied Words series of multidisciplinary events and conversations on contemporary social issues.
The work of these writers is informed by backgrounds, experiences, and research that reach across national borders. The memories and histories of persecution, migration, exile, and assimilation threaded through these authors’ poetry and prose are a welcome reminder that American writing is always already global.
Featuring: Dipika Mukherjee, Ines Bellina , Michael Zapata, Sahar Mustafah, Frances de Pontes Peebles, Fabiola Werlang
February 22, 2021: The Guild Literary Complex brought together some of the BIPOC writers from our 30 Writers to Watch to read a couple of pieces, chat about their work, and discuss how they’re charting their paths in an industry more embracing of their stories.
Creative Freedom: Writing In and Out of Prison – 2019
Magnitude and Bond – 2018
Segregation and Education in Chicago – 2017