Chicago's Guild Literary Complex presents Inspiration on September 18th





CHICAGO, IL – Poets meet muse at the September installment of our monthly bilingual poetry series, Palabra Pura, curated by Irasema Gonzalez and featuring poets Diana Pando and Xánath Caraza. “Inspiration” takes place Wednesday, September 18, 2013, at 7:30 PM at La Bruquena restaurant, 2726 W. Division. The program will be spoken in English and Spanish. Admission is free.


The dynamic between artist and inspiration is at times a lovely dance and at others a bitter duel.  Join us as we discover how two poets responded when Federico Garcia Lorca’s version of duende, "that mysterious power that everyone feels but no philosopher can explain," extended a hand for a dance on the page.


  •      Irasema Gonzalez has presented work at 2nd Story, the Poetry Performance Incubator and Palabra Pura.  Her story Love in the Time of Crushed Cherries and Aqua Net broadcasted on Vocalo on WBEZ.  Her poems appeared in the chapbook Afternoon Wine: Vicios, Sueños y Confesiones, Ariel XXVIII, and Between the Heart and the Land: An Anthology of Midwestern Latina Poets by March Abrazo Press. She is a founding member of Proyecto Latina, a multi-media project that spotlights the work of Latinas, and she shares an essay in their recently published anthology Rebeldes.


  •      Xánath Caraza is a traveler, educator, poet and short story writer. Her published works include Sílabas de viento, Lo que trae la marea/ What the Tide Brings, Conjuro, and Corazón Pintado: Ekphrastic Poems. Caraza was the winner of the 2003 Ediciones Nuevo Espacio international short story contest, an International Book Awards finalist in 2013, and was named a 2013 Top Ten "New" Latino Authors to Watch by


  •      Diana Pando is a poet, playwright and a founder of the Proyecto Latina Reading Series. In 2012, her poem “Coatlique Rising” was selected to be part of the Rites of Passage anthology and was a finalist for the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Competition. In 2010, her ten-minute play Thirst was presented at Teatro Luna’s 10X10 play festival. Currently she is part of the Con Tinta literary advisory board.



As always, audiences of all backgrounds and languages are welcome. For additional details,






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.


ABOUT THE PALABRA PURA READING SERIES: 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.



--Courtesy of Anthony Romero

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