All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. The October 19 Live Magazine Show at the MCA is ticketed. 

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Saturday, OcTober 12

SUNDAY, October 13


Lit & Luz Kick Off Party


5–7 p.m.

Sleeping Village, 3734 W Belmont Ave

Join us at Sleeping Village as we kick off the sixth annual Lit & Luz Festival.

Pick up the festival program and plan your Lit & Luz week. We’ll have some snacks, prizes, and much more!

In partnership with Sleeping Village and Vocalo Radio

Keynote with Luis Alberto Urrea

Photo: Joe Mazza, Brave-Lux

Photo: Joe Mazza, Brave-Lux

3 p.m.

Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St

This year’s festival is proud to introduce the inaugural keynote address, featuring Luis Alberto Urrea.

A 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction and member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame, Urrea is the critically acclaimed and best-selling author of 17 books (including The Devil’s Highway, Into the Beautiful North, and The House of Broken Angels) winning numerous awards for his poetry, fiction and essays.

Book available for sale from Sem Co-op Bookstores

In partnership with the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events

MONDAY, October 14


Documents Bureau and Undocumented Projects Present: The Office of Migratory Perceptions, a Pop-Up


6 –8 p.m.

Comfort Station, 2579 N Milwaukee Ave.

Join us as these two artist collectives provide a critique on the power of bureaucracy through the creation and distribution of documents you didn't know you needed. From official-looking contracts, certificates and permits to resources on how to defend yourself and others from ICE raids, the Office of Migratory Perceptions is here to help you figure it out.

In partnership with Comfort Station and Dark Matter Coffee

Artist Talk with Israel Martínez

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6 p.m.

Logan Center for the Art, 915 E 60th St

A conversation between Mexico City-based curator Esteban King and Mexico City-based artist Israel Martínez around Israel's art practice which involves the use of sound, text, video, and action and interventions in public space as a medium for social and political critique as well as his use of stealth as a pertinent communicational tool.

In partnership with the Department of Visual Art's Open Practice Committee at the University of Chicago

TUESDAY, October 15


A Reading and Conversation with Author and Artist Verónica Gerber Bicecci


3 p.m.

Northeastern Illinois University, Angelina Pedroso Center, 5500 North St. Louis, Building B

Verónica Gerber Bicecci is a visual artist who writes. She is the author of Mudanza (2010; Almadía, 2017) and Empty Set (Coffee House Press, 2018, translated by Christina MacSweeney), which won the International Aura Estrada Literature prize and the Otra Mirada Cálamo prize. Her most recent projects are: el vocabulario b (2019) in muca Roma, Mexico City and (2018) in the Museo de Arte Abstracto Manuel Felguérez. She was an editor at the Mexican publishing cooperative Tumbona Ediciones.

In partnership with Northeastern Illinois University’s Department of Creative Writing and The Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs

Paying Homage to Stonewall: Queer Artistic Expressions of Resistance/Rendir Homenaje a Stonewall: Expresiones artísticas cuir de resistencia

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6 p.m.

Instituto Cervantes, 31 W Ohio

A conversation focused on the Stonewall riot, its international repercussions, the social and artistic movements which gained momentum, and the diverse global Mexicanx/Latinx LGBTQIA+ experience.

Isaías Fanlo, Cultural Critic and Writer from Spain; Jonathan D. Katz, Professor and Curator of About Face: Stonewall, Revolt, and New Queer Art 

Host and Discussant, Héctor García Chávez, Professor of Literature, Queer Theory, and Gender Studies 

Reception to follow

In partnership with Loyola University Chicago's Women's Studies/Gender Studies Program and Latin American and US Latinx Studies Program


Tsunami: Feminist Movements and Mexican Literature


7 p.m.

Open Books Pilsen, 905 W 19th

Mexico City-based authors Verónica Gerber Bicecci, Brenda Lozano, and Sara Uribe discuss Tsumani, an anthology from Mexico of diverse women’s voices; movements such as #MeToo and #MiPrimerAcoso; and women’s rights in Mexico. Hosted by Hoy’s Gisela Orozco

“If before the thoughts of feminist women were unified in the so-called waves (first, second, third, etc.), here there are women of several generations, ways of thinking, occupations and, nevertheless, the feeling is that, in these times, our voices add up until, wave after wave, rather a true tsunami is created.” Gabriela Jauregui, Tsunami editor.

Reception to follow / Books available for sale from Sem Co-op Bookstores

In partnership the Mexican Consulate of Chicago


WEDNESDAY, October 16


A Reading and Conversation with Sara Uribe

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5 p.m.

Roosevelt University, Auditorium Building, 430 S Michigan Ave

Sara Uribe is a Mexican poet who explores the relationship between poetry, body, ethics and politics. Her most recent book is Antígona González, translated by John Pluecker (Le Figues Press, 2016).

In partnership with the Roosevelt University Creative Writing Department

Favorite Poems/Poemas favoritos


7 p.m.

Poetry Foundation, 61 W Superior

Participants including Miguel Marzana, Emily Jungmin Yoon, Bill MacKay, Dalia Huerta Cano, and Sara Uribe read their favorite poems in both Spanish and English and offer explanations of the poems’ significance. Hosted by Daniel Borzutzky and Rachel Galvin

Reception to follow / Books available for sale from Sem Co-op Bookstores

In partnership with Poetry Foundation and Northwestern University’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese

THURSDAY, October 17


A Reading and Conversation with Sara Uribe


2 p.m.

Institute for the Humanities—UIC, 701 South Morgan, Lower Level / Stevenson Hall

Sara Uribe is a Mexican poet who explores the relationship between poetry, body, ethics and politics. Her most recent book is Antígona González, translated by John Pluecker (Le Figues Press, 2016).

In partnership with the University of Illinois’s Institute for the Humanities

Authors in Conversation: Presented by Lit & Luz Book Club


7 p.m.

Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S Morgan Street

The Lit & Luz Book Club culminates with this bilingual conversation and Q & A between its two featured Mexican authors, Verónica Gerber Bicecci and Sara Uribe and special guests, hosted by Miguel Jiménez. No need to have read the books to enjoy this event!

Books available for sale from Sem Co-op Bookstores

In partnership with Volumes Book Cafe, City Lit Books, Pilsen Outpost, and Sem-Coop Bookstore

Friday, October 18


Diana del Ángel in Conversation with Lina Maria Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas and Rachel Galvin

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1:30 p.m.

University of Chicago Classics Building, 1010 E 59th St, Room 110

Mexico City-based Diana del Ángel talks with authors and UChicago professors Lina Maria Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas and Rachel Galvin.

A poet, essayist and human rights defender, Diana del Ángel was a fellow of the Foundation for Mexican Letters and FONCA. She is the author of Barranca (2018) and Procesos de la noche (2018).

Complimentary lunch

In partnership with the University of Chicago’s Katz Center for Mexican Studies


Migration Storytelling


6 p.m.


The Hideout, 1354 Wabansia

Join us for an evening of live stories about movement: migration, action, and social change. Featuring Rafael Robles (one of the first DACA recipients), Sandy Choreño (Efecto Violeta), Carolina Vazquez (DACAmentation), Monse Gaytan (DACAmentation), and more.

Hosted by Fernando Moreno

In partnership with Northeastern Illinois University’s DACAmentation, the Hideout, and the Mexican Consulate of Chicago

Israel Martínez: Music and Dialogue

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7 p.m.

Ace Hotel, 311 N Morgan St.

Israel Martínez is a sound artist and experimental musician from Mexico. He has been part of the Artists in Berlin Program from DAAD, and the MuseumsQuartier’s residence program in Vienna. He has published recordings and editorial work through Sub Rosa, Errant Bodies Press, Aagoo, The Wire, Hatje Cantz; and is co-founder of the record labels and collectives Abolipop and Suplex.

In partnership with Ace Hotel Chicago and Homeroom Chicago

Saturday, October 19



the Live Magazine Show

6 p.m.

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E Chicago Ave

$15 Full / $10 MCA Members / $8 Students

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Featuring one-night-only collaborations from:

Eula Biss + Dalia Huerta Cano 

Yvette Mayorga + Sara Uribe 

Sebastián Hidalgo + Diana del Ángel

Emily Jungmin Yoon + Israel Martínez

Michel Rodriguez Cintra + Verónica Gerber Bicecci

With musical director Sadie Woods

The annual edition of the Lit & Luz Festival culminates in a world premiere Live Magazine Show in Chicago, before continuing on to Mexico City this winter. Each year, Lit & Luz supports the creation of new collaborative artworks between writers, visual artists, and musicians from Chicago and Mexico City. Expect storytelling, live music, poetry, video art, and extemporaneous performances that explore the relationship between the languages, art forms, and cultures of the United States and Mexico.

La sexta edición anual del Festival Lit & Luz culmina con la premier mundial del Live Magazine Show en Chicago, antes de presentarse en la Ciudad de México en Invierno. Cada año, Lit & Luz apoya y promueve la creación de piezas colaborativas entre escritores, artistas visuales y músicos de la Ciudad de México y Chicago. Este año habrá narraciones, música en vivo, videoarte, poesía y presentaciones performáticas que exploran la relación entre los lenguajes, la producción artística y la cultura de México y Estados Unidos.

This iteration is presented in Spanish and English.

Books available for sale from Sem Co-op Bookstores

Co-presented with the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago