Join us for a talk featuring the Guild Literary Complex’s rich archive, on display as part of the Newberry’s “From the Stacks” exhibition, showcasing its groundbreaking impact on literary programming across Chicago communities. The discussion will feature Guild collaborators and curators Kurt Heintz, Marci Merola, and Lew Rosenbaum.
This event will be held in the Towner Fellows’ Lounge and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served at 3:30 PM.
Kurt Heintz: co-founded the Guild’s Poetry Video Festival, and founded the e-poets network (e-poets.net) which includes the Book of Voices. The Book of Voices (voices.e-poets.net) holds recordings of literally hundreds of poets and, in a decade long partnership with Woman Made Gallery, has built one of the largest audible collections of female writers in the Midwest.
Marci Merola is a local writer and poet who served as a board member, volunteer and groupie of the Guild Complex for many years. She was director of the Advocacy Office at the American Library Association for the past 10 years.
Lew Rosenbaum is a founder of the Guild Literary Complex, and edits and publishes the Chicago Labor & Arts Notes e-mail newsletter. He has been employed as a garment worker, printer, social worker, and history teacher, but for most of his life he has been a bookseller, first at the path-breaking Midnight Special Books in Santa Monica, CA, then at the legendary Guild Books in Chicago. He writes on education and independent politics for The People’s Tribune newspaper.