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Whether In Chicago

The Guild Literary Complex continues the eighth year of Palabra Pura with an evening of bilingual poetry titled "Whether in Chicago."

Curated by Rafael Franco, this event asks us to consider what role, if any, weather plays, whether significantly or not, in writing and how that writing might weather the winds of literary exploration. The event will include poetry in Spanish, English, and Spanglish. Featured readers include Emily Rose Giddings and Alex Bonner.

* Rafael Franco is a Chicago-based actor, writer, and photographer. He is the recipient of the first annual National Short Story Prize from the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture for his collection of short stories, Alaska. His experimental novel, Las Macronicas del Temponauta is to be published this spring by Coleccion Maravilla.


* Emily Rose Giddings is a writer and member of performance pop-rock duo Zigtebra.


* Alex Bonner is the 2009 Windy City Story Slam Champion and the recipient of the 2010 Windy City Story Slam People's Choice Award. His books include The Deadline and Back to Print.


"Whether in Chicago" will be in Humboldt Park at La Bruquena restaurant, 2726 W. Division, Chicago, on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 7:30 pm. Admission is free. As always, audiences of all backgrounds and languages are welcome.

The Guild Literary Complex (GLC) is a community-based literary organization that presents and supports diverse, divergent, and emerging voices through innovative programs including performances and readings. GLC believes that vibrant literature contributes to society and community, and that people should have access to quality literary experiences that engage them with dynamic juxtapositions of voices and ideas. GLC programs include Palabra Pura (bilingual poetry); the Poetry Performance Incubator (collaborative theatre and poetry); and open-submission writing contests such as the Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award and Prose Awards for short fiction and non-fiction. Since its formation, GLC has established itself, in the words of the Illinois Arts Council, as "Chicago's premier literary center." GLC has been twice selected as a model literary center by the National Endowment for the Arts.


Palabra Pura promotes literary expression in more than one tongue through a monthly bilingual poetry reading featuring Chicano and Latino artists. With an aim to foster dialogue through literature in Chicago and beyond, each evening pairs a local poet with a visiting writer along with an open mic to engage the interaction of diverse voices, ideas, and aesthetics. The readings are held the third Wednesday of every month (except August and December). Palabra Pura is presented in partnership with Letras Latinas of the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame and the Rafael Cintron Ortiz Cultural Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago. This series is also supported by the paper contratiempo.

Palabra Pura se enfoca en la expresion literaria en varios idiomas a traves de una serie de lecturas mensuales bilingues con artistas Chicanos y Latinos. Nuestra meta es promover el dialogo a traves de la iterature en Chicago y mas alla. Con este fin, cado lectura combina un poeta local con uno invitado, ademas de un open mic para cultivar la interaccion de voces, ideas esteticas diversas. Las lecturas se ofrecen el tercer miercoles de cada mes (con excepcion de agosto y diciembre). Palabra Pura se presenta con la colaboracion de Letras Latinas del Instituto para Estudios Latinos de la Universidad de Notre Dame y el Centro Cultural Latino Rafael Cintron Ortiz de la Universidad de Illinois en Chicago. Tambien colaboracion la revista contratiempo.


Comments welcome.


Posted on February 1, 2013

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