New Guild Executive Director: Introducing Lisa Wagner

Following an intensive search, the Guild Literary Complex has hired a new Executive Director, Lisa Wagner.  She will start her new position on December 7.

Lisa has been very involved in the literature and art scene in Chicago. For the past three years, she has been Managing and Associate Editor of the journal Hotel Amerika.  In addition, she founded and has been the Managing Editor of the press Intrinsic Books.

Most recently, Lisa was Executive Director of the Uptown Chamber of Commerce, where she worked extensively with the community to create the successful summer street fair Argyle Nights, and launch the first Chicago Book Expo.

Lisa and the Guild Complex already know each other very well, as she coordinated our very successful BrooksDay event this summer.

We are thrilled that Lisa is joining our organization. Please make be sure to introduce yourself to her at an upcoming Guild Complex event.



New Authors Challenge Grant!

This year, eighteen notable authors have pledged to match all donations up to $3,750. Carol Anshaw, Bill Ayers, Henry & Leigh Bienen, Ana Castillo, Stuart Dybek, Parneshia Jones, Garnett Kilberg-Cohen, Eric May, Achy Obejas, Ed Roberson, Kathleen Rooney & Martin Seay, Sharon Solwitz & Barry Silesky, Scott Turow, Chris Ware, and Michael Warr have stepped up to support the Guild Literary Complex.

As we plan exciting cross-cultural programs for 2016—nearly all of them free to the public—we ask you to support the Guild Complex with a tax-deductible donation.

And because of the Authors Challenge Grant, your donation will be doubled!

Please join our generous writers—and all champions of the Guild’s work—and make a gift today. All donations contribute to the Guild’s capacity to be a vibrant force on Chicago’s cultural scene. Click here to learn more, including how you can send a donation by regular mail.

Thank you for being a part of the Guild Literary Complex family and for all you do to participate in Chicago’s lively literary scene!

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