Guild Literary Complex


For the last 30 years, the Guild Literary Complex has been a Chicago-based literary organization presenting and supporting diverse, divergent, and emerging voices through programming that is as dynamic as Chicago itself.

Applied Words

A multidisciplinary platform that includes literary readings, exhibitions, theater, dance, and musical performances.

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Palabra Pura

A bilingual reading series curated by and spotlighting the diversity of Chicano and Latinx artists writing in English, Spanish, or both in Chicago, and usually featuring an open mic.

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Voices of Protest

Writers from around the globe, including those born here who have inherited diasporic legacies, share work and experiences that shed light on the threats to free expression and well being for artists everywhere…

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Press Room

Press Room is a new series from the Guild that asks what the first-person literary voice can add to important contemporary conversations in politics and current events.

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