Partner & Special Events

Past Partner Events:



Experience an international evening of poetry, translation, and performance in a collaborative event between One Poetic Voice and French Slam Connection of Ligue Slam de France, Au détour de Babel, and Chicago’s Speak ‘Easy Ensemble. Speak ‘Easy Ensemble’s Nate Smith and Bailey Castle worked with the French poets Youn and Deb’bo to create balanced translations that incorporate language and movement. The result is a captivating, simultaneous, dual-linguistic performance. Directed by Marc Kelly Smith with the participation of Zurg & Yopo from France (founders of Ligue Slam de France.) Cosponsored with One Poetic Voice, Ligue Slam de France, and Poetry Foundation.

7 – 9 PM
Thursday, November 1st, 2018
Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street




Book Launch Party for
Rosellen Brown’s
The Lake On Fire

Wednesday, October 17th

Women and Children First
5233 N. Clark St, Chicago


Join Rosellen Brown in conversation about her new novel with Janet Burroway.
The Guild will toast Brown, who sits on our Board of Directors, with a reception following their conversation.


The Lake on Fire begins among 19th century Jewish immigrants on a failing Wisconsin farm. Dazzled by lore of the American dream, Chaya and her strange, brilliant, young brother Asher stow away to Chicago; what they discover there, however, is a Gilded Age as empty a facade as the beautiful Columbian Exposition luring thousands to Lake Michigan’s shore. The pair scrapes together a meager living–Chaya in a cigar factory; Asher, roaming the city and stealing books and jewelry to share with the poor, until they find different paths of escape. The Lake on Fire is robust, gleaming, and grimy all at once, proving that celebrated author Rosellen Brown is back with a story as luminous as ever.

Rosellen Brown is the author of the novels Civil Wars, Half a Heart, Tender Mercies, Before and After, and six other books. Her stories have appeared frequently in O. Henry Prize Stories, Best American Short Stories, and Best Short Stories of the Century. She now teaches in the MFA in Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Janet Burroway, awarded the Florida Humanities Council’s 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award in Writing, is the author of eight novels as well as short fiction, plays, poetry, essays, texts for dance, and children’s books. Her Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft (ninth edition), is the most widely used creative writing text in America, and her multi-genre Imaginative Writing is out in a fourth edition. Her most recent novel is Bridge of Sand and her memoir Losing Tim was published in 2014. Her play Parts of Speech won the Br!nk award at the Renaissance Theatreworks, Milwaukee in 2015 and Boomerang, a modern female Lear, was commissioned by Sideshow Theatre Company, also in 2015.

co-sponsored with Red Rover Series

Outer Space Studio
1474 N. Milwaukee Ave
(3rd floor walk-up, no accessible entrance)
7pm / doors lock 7:30pm
suggested donation $4
(Proceeds to be donated to Chicago Jobs with Justice)

Information here

With: Nicole Bond, Cean Gamalinda, Zebulon Hurst, Jeremy Kniola, Char Lee Luckett, Kimberly Lyons, Ciara Darnise Miller, Tarnynon Onumonu, Chris Rife, Larry Sawyer, Lina Ramona Vitkauskas, Gabriel Wallace, Stephen Williams, M Wu, Sheila Yarbrough, Rivka Yeker, and more…

Curated by the 100 Thousand Poets for Change Chicago Community Council 2018:
Laura Goldstein, Marcy Rae Henry, Jennifer Karmin, Ira S. Murfin (Guild Complex) & Kenyatta Rogers

On September 29, 2018, poets around the world will raise their voices collectively to declare the changes they’d like to see in the U.S. and throughout the international community as part of worldwide events for 100,000 Poets for Change. In Chicago, this night of poetry activism is based on the theme “Temporary America”. Inspired by Homer Erotic’s cult song, the readings will address the precariousness of the era we’re all living through and how vital it is to keep each other charged up for awareness, action, change + revolution. Chicago poet Barbara Barg, who passed away in May 2018, wrote the song and was co-founder of the all-women band Homer Erotic. During her career she experimented with writing, teaching, performance, music, and more.

Red Rover Series is curated by Laura Goldstein and Jennifer Karmin. Each event is designed as a reading experiment with participation by local, national, and international writers, artists, and performers. Founded in 2005, the over one hundred events have featured a diversity of renowned creative minds.


Writers Challenge Grant, the Guild’s Annual Appeal

Each winter we close our season with a fundraising campaign. It’s an opportunity for us to recap our year and debut our plans for the next season, and it often comes with a special matching gift challenge or project initiative. Although we welcome donations all year, the annual appeal is the period when Guild supporters can contribute to a collective campaign.

Annual Benefit

Once a year we celebrate with a special evening of food, drink and conversation with our annual Benefit. It includes a cocktail hour to catch up with old friends and make new ones, followed by a presentation by special guest artists that takes us into their creative process and perspective on art in society. Each year we choose a different theme that reflects our featured speakers and a facet of the Guild’s mission of bringing dynamic juxtapositions of voices and ideas to the Chicago arts scene.

Fuller Award with The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame