Upcoming Events

May 2022

May 26 @ 7:00 PM CST, Chicago Mosaic School

Join us on Thursday, May 26th, as The Guild Complex presents Exhibit B at The Chicago Mosaic School for an evening of performances from Courtney Cook, Alex Wells Shapiro, S. Yarberry, and the 2020 Chicago Youth Poet Laureate Nué.
 
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May 26 @ 12:00 PM CST, Northwestern University, Kresge Hall 1515

The Guild Literary Complex and Northwestern University have come together to bring to you a discussion on the New Latino Boom. The New Latino Boom is the 21st-century literary movement in Spanish in the US, and Chicago is one of its main spots. In this talk, Professor Naida Saavedra will present the main features of the New Latino Boom, as well as the website and book derived from her research. Afterwards, she will engage in a conversation and reading with Carolina Herrera and Antonio Díaz Oliva, representative authors of this movement in Chicago.
 
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Past Events

May 2022

May 6 @ 8:00 PM CST, 1650 W Foster Ave

Art. Heals. is a curated performance and visual art exhibition aimed to bring the arts and community together to help heal and reconnect from the past 2 years. The evening will feature music, dance, theater, poetry, multimedia and visual art for one immersive experience. CDE’s Founder and Artistic Executive Director will be presenting “Letters of Healing,” a danztheatre work about her journey of healing from domestic violence, commissioned by Between Friends.
 
Partnering organizations:
Guild Complex, Circa-Pintig, REDance
 
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April 2022

April 20 @ 6:30 PM CST

¡Palabra Pura en vivo!
Palabra Pura returns to LIVE performance with our One Poet/One Poem event!


Past performers at Palabra Pura will return to read one poem or short text each. Come join us with a poem or your favorite text.
The night’s line-up includes Eduardo Arocho, Emmanuel Ayala, Beatriz Badikian Gartler, María Calderón, Rocío Ferreira, Gregorio Gómez, León Leiva Gallardo, Pedro Pablo Marín, Elizabeth Marino, Miguel Marzana, Elijah Ruiz, Margarita Saona, Johanny Vázquez Paz, Crystal Vance Guerra, Christian Vásquez and more!

More details here!

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April 21 @ 5:00 PM CST

Acompáñennos a escuchar a las poetas colombianas Carolina Sánchez, Johanna Barraza Tafur, María Paz Guerrero y Tania Ganitsky en esta lectura virtual que se hará desde Bogotá, New Jersey, Zaragoza y Chicago. Tras el recital, conversarán con la poeta uruguaya Silvia Goldman sobre el viaje, el cuerpo, la pérdida y la exploración del lenguaje en sus obras.

Meeting Across Distances: A Poetry Reading
 
Join us in listening to Colombian poets Carolina Sánchez, Johanna Barraza Tafur, María Paz Guerrero, and Tania Ganitsky in this virtual reading from Bogotá, New Jersey, Zaragoza, and Chicago. After the reading, they will talk with Uruguayan poet Silvia Goldman about the journey, the body, loss, and the exploration of language in their work. 
 

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March 2022

March 24 @ 7 PM CST

The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame presents the Fuller Award for lifetime achievement to Ana Castillo, live at the American Writers Museum.

This event will also have an online broadcast.

More details here!

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March 31 @ 7 PM CST

Join us on Thursday, March 31st, as The Guild Complex presents Exhibit B will feature performances from artists David Wright Faladé, Jody Chan, Cecilia Pinto, and Barbara Polster.
 
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February 2022

February 11 @ 6 PM CST 

Hosted by David Welch and in collaboration with the Guild Literary Complex, this Free Friday Panel brings you readings and discussions from authors and editors of small presses.
Readers include: Ignatius Valentine Aloysius, Cynthia Pelayo, C. Russell Price, Kathleen Rooney
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February 16 @ 5:30 PM CST

Columbian author Velia Vidal, and Dominican author Kianny Antigua, talk about their books and discuss the importance of on Afrolatinx representation in Spanish language children’s literature.

Learn more here!

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November 2021

November 1 - 6

The Guild is a partner for this year’s Lit & Luz Festival from MAKE Literary Productions. This year’s theme is “Structure,” with programs highlighting design, architecture, social structures, and more. The festival will be hybrid and include virtual events at noon and in-person programming in the afternoon and evening. Many programs will be recorded and posted online and all in-person programs will adhere to Covid safety protocols. Most programs will include live audio translation.

View the full lineup here!

November 9 @ 6:30 PM CDT

Four female authors share their new books each telling their perspective stories of womanhood through poetry and prose. Featuring Ananda Lima, JoAnna Novak, Natania Rosenfeld, and Keli Stewart. The event will be virtual.

Register here!

November 12 @ 7:00 PM CDT

The Guild Complex and Exhibit B present Exhibit XYZ!!! Our ninth show and final performance of 2021 will be live and in-person from 7-8:30 PM at My Buddy’s Chicago. This show is guest curated by Robin Reid Drake and will feature performances by Kemi Alabi, Rexylafemme, C. Lofty Bolling, Atena O Danner, and Sylvie Boulette.
 

More info here!

October 2021

October 14, 6:30PM CDT

The Guild Literary Complex, along with Seminary Co-op Bookstores, Lit & Luz Festival, and Feria del Librio, presents a special Palabra Pura event with acclaimed author Ana Castillo. The night is a celebration of her latest book of poems, My Book of the Dead.

Register here!

October 16, 4:30PM CDT

An in-person crawl featuring exquisite corpse performances from Chicago-based writers, musicians, filmmakers, and interdisciplinary artists and performers. In Logan Square at Cafe Mustache, Galerie F, and the Whistler.

Mary Cerney, J. Howard Rosier, Logan Lu, Jenna Lyle, satan2000, Takashi Shallow, Alex Wells Shapiro, Crystal Vance-Guerra, and Ian Wojcikiewicz.

October 21, 7PM CDT

Exhibit B at The Martin hosts a reading and discussion with queer authors Alexander Cheves, Sophia Anfinn Tonnessen, and Carlo Matos as they launch bold new work from Unbound Edition Press.
 
This event features each author reading from their new work, and a discussion and Q & A session. Attendees will be able to purchase and have each author sign copies of their book, which can be pre-ordered here now. Limited supply and one-touch ordering will also be available at the event.
 
Get your free ticket here.

September 2021

September 11, 4:30PM CDT

The Guild Complex and the National Book Critics Circle present Exhibit B at Printers Row Lit Fest 2021! Our eighth show will be live and in-person at the center stage Saturday, September 11th, 5PM at the Midwest’s largest literary festival. It will feature performances from Mojdeh Stoakley, Ruben Quesada, Ignatius Valentine Aloysius, Sky Goodman, and Nick Ward hosted by NBCC Board Member J. Howard Rosier.

4:30 PM CDT @ AWM/Feinberg Stage 

Find out more here.

September 15, 6:30PM CDT

Palabra Pura returns with a night of poetry, featuring Luis Tubens (aka Logan Lu), Tarnynon Onumonu, and Crystal Vance Guerra.
6:30 PM @ La Bruquena.
 
Learn more here!

September 30, 6:00PM CDT

The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame will be present its Fuller Award to Reginald Gibbons for his lifetime contribution to literature. The event is free, but remember to register beforehand to attend via Zoom. Register and get more info here!

July 2021

July 29, 8:00PM CDT

Join us on Thursday, July 29th, as The Guild Complex presents Exhibit B will feature incredible performances from artists féi hernandez, Darius Simpson, Allison Brooke Young, and Marina Cavadini.
 

Find out more here.

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July 21, 6:30PM CDT

¡Palabra Pura en vivo!

Palabra Pura returns to LIVE performance with our 1 Poet/1 Poem event! Past performers at Palabra Pura will return to read one poem or short text each. The night’s line-up includes Beatriz Badikian-Gartler, Gregorio Gómez, Crystal Guerra, Carolina Herrera, Miguel López Lemus, Emilio Maldonado, Pedro Pablo Marín, Elizabeth Marino, Miguel Marzana, and more!
 
Learn more here.
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June 2021

June 17, 6:00pm

In celebration of the post publication of Thea Matthew’s debut poetry collection, Unearth [The Flowers], Exhibit B and Red Light Lit bring you an evening of poetry, prose, and music. Hosted by James Stewart and and Ian Eric Wojcikiewicz, featuring writers Thea Matthews, Sophie Lucido Johnson, and Loria Mendoza. With musical Guest: The Moon and The Man.
 

Learn more here!

June 22, 6:00pm, Virtual Event

Join us for a book release event, celebrating Aviya Kushner’s debut poetry collection, Wolf Lamb Bomb, followed by a discussion on religion, social empathy, and allyship with Hebrew translator Adriana X. Jacobs.

Watch the full recording of this event here!

May 2021

May 19, 5:30pm, Virtual event

Book release and reading celebrating Reginald Gibbons’ latest poetry collection, Renditions, published by Four Way Books. The night will also feature readings from Ed Roberson and Illinois Poet Laureate Angela Jackson.

Watch the full recording of this event here.

April 2021

April 7, 6:00 - 8:00pm CDT, Virtual event

This reading is a part of the Guild Literary Complex’s Applied Words series of multidisciplinary events and conversations on contemporary social issues. The work of these writers is informed by backgrounds, experiences, and research that reach across national borders. The memories and histories of persecution, migration, exile, and assimilation threaded through these authors’ poetry and prose are a welcome reminder that American writing is always already global.

Featuring: Dipika Mukherjee, Ines Bellina , Michael Zapata, Sahar Mustafah, Frances de Pontes Peebles, Fabiola Werlang

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April 8th, 7:00 - 9:00pm CDT, Virtual event

In honor and recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation and the Guild Literary Complex present Surviving the Mic: Speaking Poetry to Power. Please join us on this night of poetry and dialogue, centering the voices and lived experiences of survivors of sexual harm.
 
The evening will feature performances by Anjana Kirti, Cherlnell Lane, Nikki Patin, Jackson Santy, Mojdeh Stoakley, Saunte Harden-Tate, and Ona Wang.

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March 2021

March 25, 7:00pm CST, Virtual event

Join us on thursday, March 25th, for a surreal evening as The Guild Complex presents Exhibit B will feature incredible performances from artists Jose Hernandez Diaz, Emily Martin, Ian Wojcikiewicz, and Shailen Mishra.

Exhibit B is a performance series that highlights exciting text-based work in Chicago. Presented by the Guild Literary Complex, a 30-year-old grassroots literary arts organization based in Chicago, Exhibit B showcases prose, poetry, plays, music, and more. We want to create a space that showcases work that you don’t need an MFA to feel and that leaves the audience always wanting more. We want community. We want impact.

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March 13, 7:00pm CST, Virtual event

Sandra Cisneros, the poet, short story writer, novelist, essayist, performer, and artist whose work beautifully and profoundly explores working class lives and landscapes, will receive the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame’s Fuller Award for lifetime achievement.

Learn more

Register for this free event

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February 2021

February 22, 6:30pm CST, Virtual event

The Guild Literary Complex brings together some of the BIPOC writers from our 30 Writers to Watch to read a few of their pieces, chat about their work, and discuss how they’re charting their paths in an industry more embracing of their stories.

Featuring:
Justin Howard Rosier
Nate Marshall
Ciara Miller
Nikki Patin
Mojdeh Stoakley

Register for this free event

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February 17, 7:00pm CST, Virtual event

In partnership with the Poetry Foundation!
 
Join us for a reading and moderated discussion celebrating the 15th Anniversary of Palabra Pura with readings by Francisco Aragón, Brenda Cárdenas, Miguel Marzana, and Johanny Vázquez Paz and moderated by Mary Hawley.
 
Acompáñenos para celebrar el decimoquinto aniversario de Palabra Pura con una lectura de poesía y conversatorio con los poetas Francisco Aragón, Brenda Cárdenas, Miguel Marzana, y Johanny Vázquez Paz. Mary Hawley será la moderadora.
 
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January 2021

January 28, 6pm CST, Virtual event

Exhibit B is a performance series that highlights exciting text-based work in Chicago. Presented by the Guild Literary Complex, a 30-year-old grassroots literary arts organization based in Chicago, Exhibit B showcases prose, poetry, plays, music, and more. We want to create a space that showcases work that you don’t need an MFA to feel and that leaves the audience always wanting more. We want community. We want impact.

January’s event will feature artists Abigail Chabitnoy, Thea Matthews, and Mary Cerney, and will highlight the work of Awakenings, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a physical and virtual artistic space that furthers awareness and understanding of sexual violence and promotes healing of survivors through the arts.

Learn more about the event

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January 14, 6:30pm CST, Virtual event

Please join poet, author, and activist Nikki Giovanni for a special reading of her latest chapbook, Standing in the Need of Prayer. The book, based on a traditional African American hymn written by James Weldon Johnson, is dedicated to all those left in the wake of a loved one taken away by violence.

Immediately following will be a discussion with the author, along with Emily Thornton Calvo, writer, artist, and one of the Guild’s 30 Writers to Watch, who served as the book’s illustrator. Also included in the discussion is Jordan Holmes, who wrote the book’s foreword.

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December 2020

December 3, 7pm CST, Virtual event

Join us Thursday, December 3rd, as The Guild Complex presents Exhibit B will feature incredible performances from artists Rabha Ashry, Daniel Woody, Alex Wells Shapiro, and Caroline Cooledge McCraw. We will also have a Q&A with visual artist Vashon Jordan Jr. to discuss his debut photo book, “Chicago Protests: A Joyful Revolution.”

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November 2020

November 12, 7pm, Virtual event

Speaking Truths Series: Home, Homeland, and Belonging

Speaking Truths Series will return to the virtual space on Thursday November 12 at 7pm. This event is a collaboration between Speaking Truths Series, Guild Literary Complex, and the National Cambodian Heritage Museum.

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November 20, 6pm, Virtual event

American Gun Book Launch

Join us for the virtual book launch of “American Gun: A Poem by 100 Chicagoans” a collective response to the individual suffering behind the statistics. Sponsored by Big Shoulders Books, the DePaul University Publishing Institute, the Guild Literary Complex, and the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame.

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June 2021

October 2020

October 14, Virtual Event

Luis J. Rodriguez in conversation with Logan Lu discussing his most recent book, From Our Land to Our Land.

October 21, 7:00 CDT, Virtual Event

The Guild Complex presents Exhibit B will feature incredible performances from artists Elizabeth Marino, Sejake Matsela, SIFI + uuskhy, and Naomi Washer. Just weeks away from the election, we won’t shy away from politics.

September 2020

September 16, Virtual Event

Three distinct Afro-Latina voices telling their stories and sharing perspectives in this time of revolution: Tiffanie Clark, Kianny N. Antigua, and Ilka Oliva Corado.

Part of the Guild’s Palabra Pura program. 

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September 17, 7:00 pm CDT, Virtual Event

We are thrilled to host the book release for our own Mike Puican’s debut publication, Central Air. Join us September 17th for a reading from Puican and discussion with fellow author and poet, Mark Turcotte.

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September 30, Virtual Event

Six local artists in discussion about art, the nature of protest and living with history of the continued assault on their lives. While the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and most recently, Jacob Blake have been featured in the media the history of violence against men of color is not new it is rare that there is an authentic conversation around the constant effort to live your life in survival mode. These artists share their truths in conversation.

Part of the One State 2020 Conference from Arts Alliance Illinois and the Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA).

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