What people are saying:

Don’t miss out! Defying the divisiveness of our times, the Lit & Luz Festival keeps on bringing worlds together.

Cristina Rivera Garza, award-winning author of six novels, three collections of short stories, five collections of poetry and three nonfiction books, Distinguished Professor in Hispanic Studies and Director of Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston, and 2017-18 alum

Lit & Luz is an awesome festival that showcases the power of collaboration. As a Chicano, it meant the world to be able to perform poems in México and Chicago and have both shows feel so welcoming and loving.

—José Olivarez, author of Citizen Illegal and 2018-19 Lit & Luz alum

2019 Chicago

By Alexandra Arriaga, The Chicago Sun-Times

Una entrevista con Rafael Robles en Univision’s Primera Hora

Time Out Chicago


MEXICO CITY, February 2019


Lit & Luz was featured in TimeOut Mexico City.

La Tempestad

Read the article “Daniel Krauss: «Todos somos monstruos en potencia».

El Heraldo

Poet and 2018–19 participant José Olivarez was profiled by El Heraldo during his time in CDMX with Lit & Luz.

Check out El Heraldo’s article on Daniel Kraus.

CHICAGO, October 2018

Bad At Sports Podcast

Check out a fascinating podcast episode featuring our co-curators for the So close, far away exhibition at Sector 2337.

Block Club Chicago

Article detailing the festival and our 2018 artist lineup.

Chicago Magazine

Ten Things to Do This Week in Chicago and 56 Things to Do in Chicago in October

Chicago Tribune

We were included in this year’s MCA Lineup for the Trib

HOY Chicago

#HoyEnElEstudio: Entrevista en español con la directora artística para CDMX Brenda Lozano, poeta Natalia Toledo, y artista Emilio Rojas.

NEIU’s The Independent

Article about Natalie Toledo and her event at Northeastern Illinois University, “Reclaiming power through indigenous language with an Oaxacan Zapotec poet”

Vocalo Radio

Gran entrevista en la increíble estación de radio Vocalo con nuestro coordinador comunitario Miguel Jimenez, el curador Esteban King, y el aclamado autor y músico Julián Herbert.


2017–18 Festival Press

Chicago Magazine

Chicago and Mexico City Create Art Together at Lit & Luz Festival, The festival, which pairs artists from both sister cities, kicks off tonight with a free reception that benefits Mexico City’s earthquake relief efforts. By Adam Morgan

Chicago Tribune

Lit & Luz Festival to celebrate Chicago-Mexico City exchange by Kathleen Rooney



Cartelera CDMX: Cultura en tu ciudad

Event Recommendation

Literal Magazine

Chicago-based writer and (Lit & Luz advisor and participant) Gerardo Cárdenas recaps the festival in this online, bilingual magazine


DIALOGUE DIARY, Already Intertwined: Talking to Daniel Borzutzky and Brenda Lozano about Lit & Luz by Andy Fitch


Interview with Erika L. Sánchez

TIMEOUT Mexico City

Article and recommendation


#DomingosEnVocalo: LIT & LUZ FESTIVAL 2017, interview with Eduardo Rabasa and Cristina Rivera Garza by Jesus Echeverria


Previous PRESS

10/25/16 Local Chicago media arts nonprofit CAN TV recording of "The Influence of Text in Visual Art," an event with Jorge Mendez Blake, Dianna Frid, Gabriela Jauregui and Mia Lopez.

10/12/16 WTTW Chicago Tonight: 10 Things to Do This Weekend Write-up

10/11/16 Chicago Reader Recommended Event

10/10/16 Vocalo #DomingoEnEspañol: Lit & Luz 206 - La Poesia Iluminada

10/6/16 A radio interview with Lit & Luz 2016 Managing Director, Nuria Sheehan and 2016 participant, Susy Bielak on Vocalo's #MorningAMP

10/4/16 Chicago Artist Resource Write-up

9/16 Gozamos.com: Lit & Luz Festical Brings Authors & Artists from Mexico City for Weeklong Fest in Chicago

2/4/15 Aristegui Noticias: Literatura, musica, y plastica en el Museo del Chopo

11/10/14 Local Chicago media arts nonprofit, CAN TV, captured the Lit & Luz event at Poetry Foundation event featuring readings by Luis Felipe Fabre, Daniel Borzutzky, and Valerie Mejer.

10/28/14 Southside Weekly: Lit & Luz Fest at Co-Pro

10/12/14 Chicago Tribune Hoy: Lit & Luz Festival - Literatura y arte de Chicago y la ciudad de Mexico