This year opens with a splash on Wednesday, January 2oth!

The Guild Literary Complex is pleased to kick off the 11th season of PALABRA PURA returning with “One Poet / One Poem”.  Come join in the fun 11 years in the making. This year’s season will feature 2016 Guest Palabra Pura curators and past readers some telling of plans for the year ahead and others sharing a poem during this annual party celebrating poetry in more than one tongue. Contributing authors include:

Darren Angle | Emmanuel Ayala | Diego Báez | Beatriz Badikian Gartler | Emilio Maldonado | Martha Cecilia Rivera | Miguel López Lemus | Mark Litwicki | Miguel Marzana | Elizabeth Marino | Yolanda Nieves | Fernando Olszanski | Jennifer Patiño Cervantes | Jan Peña Davis | Rubén Quesada | Luis Tubens | Febronio Zatarain | and many more!

The event is free + donations are welcome! Oh, and it’s a cash bar, so come with some green in your pockets.

More information at

Click here to RVSP/Share on Facebook. Due to the number of readers for the party, there will be no open mic, but he open mic will return in March!


The Guild’s night of poetry and community, curated by and spotlighting Chicago’s most powerful voices in the Chicano and Latino communities. Palabra Pura takes place every other third Wednesday of every month starting in January of 2016 (we are Dark in  August and December).

Success! You helped us meet our goals in 2015 …

Thank you all who contributed to our Annual Author’s Challenge Grant and at all of our events throughout 2015.  You did it! We met our highest ever Author’s Challenge Grant contribution with 20 Chicago-related Authors and $4250 doubled, and with your support we look forward to creating more stellar events throughout this great and diverse literary City.  We are so grateful  for all of you, and look forward to seeing you at our many planned events in 2016 and on.


So thank you from all of us here at the Guild Literary Complex, and a very Happy New Year!


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