Special Events


30th Anniversary Events:

 

THE GUILD’S 30TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY
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Join us for an evening celebrating the Guild’s first 30 years, and looking forward to the next 30. Important voices from the Guild’s past will introduce the Guild’s 30 Writers to Watch in 2019 and beyond. See old friends & make some new ones. Enjoy music, hors d’oeuvres, an end of night raffle featuring unique artifacts from the Guild’s archives, maybe even a surprise or two! A cash bar will be on offer.

 

6:30-9:30PM
June 26th, 2019

Chopin Theatre, 1543 W Division St, Chicago

 

 

Congratulations to these amazing artists! Learn more about them HERE.
Click for full bios + photos.

 

Tara Betts, poetry, nonfiction, scholarship

Kimberly Dixon-Mays, poetry, plays

Raul Dorantes, poetry, plays, fiction

Emily Thornton Calvo, poetry, memoir

Michael Fischer, nonfiction

kwabena foli, poetry

Ricardo Gamboa, plays, television, scholarship

Jan-Henry Gray, poetry, storytelling

Ames Hawkins, nonfiction, scholarship

Tsehaye Geralyn Hébert, plays, poetry, nonfiction

Timothy J. Hillegonds, nonfiction

Nate Marshall , poetry

John McCarthy, poetry

Patricia Ann McNair, fiction, nonfiction

Ciara Darnise Miller, poetry, scholarship

Faisal Mohyuddin, poetry

Cheswayo Mphanza, poetry

Nikki Patin, poetry, music

Frances de Pontes Peebles, fiction

Ruben Quesada, poetry, translation

Christine Rice, fiction, nonfiction

Jennifer Roche, poetry

Kenyatta Rogers, poetry

J. Howard Rosier, fiction, criticism

Natania Rosenfeld, poetry, fiction, nonfiction, scholarship

Mojdeh Stokley. Poetry, music

Rachel Swearingen, fiction

Naomi Washer, poetry, nonfiction, translation

Valerie Wallace, poetry

Jeremy T. Wilson, fiction

 

& MEET THEM AT THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY + BENEFIT
ON JUNE 26TH!

 


Prior Anniversary Events


Power Lines
Remembering The Guild Literary Complex’s Anthology
20 Years Laters

4pm – 4:30pm, Sunday June 9th
Printers Row Literary Festival 2019
Arts & Poetry Stage, 60 W. Polk

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Twenty years ago The Guild Literary Complex, Chicago’s home for literary arts and activism, teamed up with Tia Chucha Press to publish Power Lines, an anthology featuring writers whose contributions to the Guild’s innovative and integrative programming helped to make The Guild a grassroots cultural institution in its first decade. At the time Studs Terkel said, “”The Guild Complex is as natural to Chicago as its rivers and lakes.” But where did those writers imagine The Guild flowing twenty years later on its 30th anniversary in 2019? This year, on Sunday June 9th, authors featured in Power Lines will reconvene at the Printers Row Lit Fest to revisit their work from two decades ago, and to share some of what they are up to today, as the Guild celebrates 30 years.

 

Host:

Julie Parson Nesbitt, author of the poetry collection Finders (West End Press) and editor of Power Lines: A Decade of Poetry From Chicago’s Guild Complex (Tia Chucha Press), received the Gwendolyn Brooks “Significant Illinois Poet” Award and holds an MFA in Creative Writing (Univ. of Pittsburgh). She served as executive director of Guild Complex literary arts center and Development Director for Young Chicago Authors. She is currently working on her doctorate in Education (Ed.D) at DePaul University on trauma-informed education in public schools.

 

 

Featuring:

Beatriz Badikian-Gartler was born Buenos Aires, Argentina, and has lived in the Chicago area for over forty years. Badikian-Gartler holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago and teaches at various institutions of higher learning in Chicago. Her second full-length collection, Mapmaker Revisited: New and Selected Poems, was published in 1999 from Gladsome Books in Chicago. Her first novel Old Gloves – A 20th Century Saga was published in 2005 by Fractal Edge Press in Chicago. She’s a recent member of the storytelling community of Chicago and enjoying it greatly. bbgartler.com

 

Tara Betts is the author of Break the HabitArc & Hue, and her forthcoming collection Refuse to Disappear. She co-edited The Beiging of America: Personal Essays About Being Mixed Race in the 21st Century and edited a new critical edition of Adventures in Black and White, the long out-of-print memoir by Harlem-born, interracial child prodigy Philippa Duke Schuyler. Tara won the 1999 Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award. She holds an MFA from New England College and a Ph.D. in English from Binghamton University. She is part of the MFA faculty at Chicago State University. Tara has also been teaching at Stateville Prison as part of the Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project. Twitter: @tarabetts; Instagram: @chitownbetts

 

Suzanne Frank was raised in the shadow of the Oldsmobile dynasty in Lansing, Michigan, her poetry reflects the straight-talking sensibility of the bluecollar world and a hardscrabble journey to adulthood. After moving to Chicago, she was drawn into the wild and wooly poetry scene through the Guild Complex and Slam Poetry. Her poetry has appeared in journals and anthologies. Suzanne’s recent publication of poems and photographs, Double Vision Poetry, is a collaborative effort sponsored by Oregon State University.      

 

Kurt Heintz is a proud contributor to Powerlines. He was a co-founder of the Guild Complex’s National Poetry Video Festival. He is a writer and video producer who has spoken about poetry video at venues from &NOW (held at Lake Forest College) and the Hyde Park Arts Center, to the Vancouver Videopoem Festival and Farrago Poetry in London. Heintz has served as a Guild board member. Today, Heintz supports Another Chicago Magazine as a new media content editor. He has been the audio documentarian for the Woman Made Gallery Poetry Series for over a decade, creating a unique and critically progressive archive of readings by diverse female, non-binary and allied authors. See his website, e-poets.net, to hear much of it.

 

Mario is a Chicago poet, educator, activist and radio chat show host, who has been performing in the Chicagoland area and the US for over twenty years. He is the host of News From the Service Entrance on WLPN-LP in Chicago and is also a contributor to WGN 720 AM and Vocalo.org . His poetry appears in the book The Break Beat Poets published by Haymarket Press.

 

 

Mark Turcotte (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe) teaches Creative Writing at DePaul University.

 

 

 

 


2018 Special Events:


FRENCH SLAM CONNECTION 2018

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
FREE

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

7PM
Wednesday, October 17th

Women and Children First
5233 N. Clark St, Chicago

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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.


100 THOUSAND POETS FOR CHANGE:
TEMPORARY AMERICA
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