March roars like a lion all month long. No lambs about it. The Guild means business.

And it begins with a Voices of Protest “Home Edition” on Thursday, March 12. The emerging authors we sent to Kapittel, Norway’s international festival of literature and freedom of expression, will give readings inspired by the project and talk about their trip. Plus, there will be more than a little noise about making Chicago a city of refuge for persecuted authors. The shebang is held in co-operation with 826CHI, and features Adam Gottlieb, L’Oréal Patrice Jackson, Sahar Mustafah, Erika L. Sánchez, and M. Quinn Stifler.

Then, the 10-year anniversary celebration of Palabra Pura continues with a poetic homage to mothers on Wednesday, March 18 in a program called A Toda Madre. Curated by the Chicago Latino Writers Initiative, we’ll hear feminist stories of moms from men, specifically Brian Martin and Arturo “Tootie” Alvarez.

Finally, to cap off the month, the Applied Words series brings us A Dose of Mind and Body, a special reading for many reasons: we celebrate two of our 25 Writers to Watch (Rey Andújar and Megan Stielstra) and include some special guests (Andrew Huff and Samantha Irby), plus this party is at the International Museum of Surgical Science—and the museum will open early for us! The date for this curious cabinet of wonders is March 25.

There are prizes at every event, and even more surprises to unleash to our email subscribers—like a save-the-date for an underground party. Don’t be left out. Sign up for our friendly electronic missives by clicking here! (Sorry for the exclamation mark, but like we said, we’re roaring.)

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