Upcoming Events

March 2021

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.

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IMAGE: two photos of Sandra Disneros, speaking and smiling. TEXT: Event information
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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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Past Events

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

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IMAGE: Six photos: The Guild logo + the authors TEXT: Black Historu Month
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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.
 
Headshots of the readers at the 15th anniversary Palabra Pura event.

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.

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Flyer for Exhibit B event -- three author photos
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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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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).