Martin Espada poetry reading


Palabra Pura with Martín Espada

Friday, October 28th, 2016
7:00 – 9:00 PM  @  Teatro Urbano
2620 West Division Street, Humboldt Park, Chicago
$5.00 suggested donation. Books will be available for purchase.

After eight long years away from Chicago, on Friday October 28, 2016, award winning and beloved poet Martín Espada will be hosted by the Guild Literary Complex as he reads from his recently released book, Vivas To Those Who Have Failed (W.W. Norton), and from the October 2016 re-release of his award winning work, Zapata’s Disciple (Northwestern University Press).

Co-hosted by the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, Mr. Espada will be hosted by the Guild Literary Complex, Teatro Urbano, and poet Edurado Arocho for a night of poetry, questions and answers, conversation and book signings. Mr. Arocho will be moderating the Q&A portion of the evening, so be sure to come with thoughtful questions for our poets.

Guild Literary Complex: Poetry Incubator Auditions

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A Letter from the GLC:

Dear Lover of the Arts,

I’m writing you today to encourage you to audition for the Poetry
Incubator’s new show, “Unnatural Spaces”, sponsored by the Guild Literary

The Poetry Performance Incubator, a program of the Guild Literary Complex, *seeks poets and other writers to collaborate on the creation of Unnatural Spaces, a new theatrical performance about the environment and environmentalism in Chicago. We are particularly interested in working with poets from a broad range of aesthetics, backgrounds, and Chicago communities. First-round auditions will be held Dec. 7th, 6pm-9pm at 3429 W. Diversey Avenue Suite 208. Call-backs (by invitation only) will be held Dec. 10th, 1:30-4:30pm (location TBD). Audition slots are 10 minutes each.  Interested writer/performers should prepare 1poem – your own original work – that is no longer than 3 minutes. Form and content is up to you.

To schedule an audition slot, email with “Auditions” in subject line, and give your name, phone number and what time(s) you’re available Dec 7th, from 6pm-9pm. Then we’ll call you back to schedule your 10-minute audition.

DATES:                 Wednesday, December 7, 2011

TIME:                    6-9 pm

WHERE:               3429 W. Diversey Avenue Suite 208

CALLBACKS:      December 10th from 1:30-4:30 pm by invitation only


TO AUDITION: email with “Auditions” in subject line, and give your name, phone number and what time(s) you’re available Dec 7th from 6pm-9pm. Then we’ll call you back to schedule your 10-minute audition.

About the GLC: The Guild Literary Complex, a community-based literary organization, presents and supports diverse, divergent, and emerging voices through innovative programs including performances and readings. We look at literary culture and ask – what’s missing?

About Unnatural Spaces: Unnatural Spaces will examine the struggles of living in an urban landscape from an environmental perspective. We seek to open up honest conversations with multiple perspectives, examining the compromises we all make day-to-day as city dwellers. The hope is that participating artists and audiences will consider — and even poke fun at — the choices we all make in order to eat, look beautiful, not have to make everything by hand, live within our budgets and get to work on time. In particular, we wish to include people in communities that are often left out of discussions about “green living.” This project will be facilitated by noted director Coya Paz.


The Incubator is a long-term commitment! Writing sessions will begin in January 2012, and meet 1-2 times a week through May 2012. Starting in August 2012, participants will rehearse an average of 12 hours a week. Performances begin October 5, and run 3 days a week for 5 weeks. Participants in the Incubator will receive a modest stipend.


About the Creative Team: Tour Guides is performed by a group of poet/performers. Esmeralda Cuevas, Steven Evans, Reign Star, David Pintor, and Loy Webb have developed their hybrid craft under the guidance of award-winning director Coya Paz, co-founder of Teatro Luna and Proyecto Latina and a poet herself.