The Guild Complex

Since 1989, the Guild Literary Complex has sought to significantly improve literature in Chicago by promoting cross-cultural dialogue through 30+ performances, readings and workshops annually. We have featured the major authors of our time on the same stage with emerging local writers through such series as the Musicality of Poetry, the Women Writers Series and Writers Across the Generations. Many local poets and writers have made their first creative steps on our stage in the Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award, the Guild Complex Fiction Award and the Guild Complex Nonfiction Award (now known as Prose Wards). In addition, the Guild has built a well-respected reputation for collaborating with other cultural and community organizations. Though we are a grassroots organization with only one full-time staff member which has been true for most of our history The Guild Literary Complex has designed and delivered some of the most innovative literary programming in this city and across the nation. The Guild was a recipi

Purpose: for participation in Story Week in collaboration with Columbia College of Chicago