Lit & Luz Video documentation

Videos are arranged with the most current at the top.

Lit & Luz CDMX 2019 Highlight Video

Featuring Chicago-based playwright and performer Kristiana Rae Colón and novelist Daniel Kraus

Pictured in thumbnail: Musician Bill MacKay, Chicago-based poet José Olivarez, and Mexico City-based poet Jimena González

Shot and edited by: Harrison Martin

Music: “Scarlet's Return” by Bill MacKay


Author Julián Herbert reading and in conversation with Tim Kinsella at Roosevelt University for Lit & Luz Chicago 2018

Author, Julian Herbert reads from his written works at Roosevelt University’s Lit & Luz Festival. This program was recorded by Chicago Access Network (CAN TV).


Contemporary Art, Mexico. Lit & Luz Festival, Chicago 2018

This roundtable conversation at Co-Prosperity Sphere featuring Mexican and Mexican American visual artists, lead by artist and ESPAC curator Esteban King, will discuss what Americans miss when they think of Mexican contemporary art and will ask if the hesitation to embrace contemporary art is universal or cultural. Participants include visual artists Edgar Cobián (Guadalajara), Salvador Jiménez-Flores (Chicago), Libia Bianibi (Oaxaca/Chicago), Cecilia Beaven (Mexico City/Chicago) and more. This program was recorded by Chicago Access Network Television (CAN TV).


An overview of Lit & Luz events in Mexico City, February 22-24, 2018. Shot and edited by Harrison Martin.

Erika L. Sánchez y Guadalupe Nettel en Biblioteca Vasconcelos, Lit & Luz 2017-18, Ciudad de México

Erika L. Sánchez y Guadalupe Nettel conversaron el sábado 24 de febrero, en el marco del Lit & Luz Festival, sobre escritura, migración y muchos otros temas, como lo que representa la figura materna en su vida, sus trabajos literarios y sus pasiones.


Highlight video of Lit & Luz 2017 Live Show at Co-Prosperity Sphere, October 21st. Shot and edited by Justin Harenchar at Joyland Creative.

Eduardo Rabasa in conversation with Christian Tebordo at Roosevelt University, Lit & Luz 2017, Chicago.

Eduardo Rabasa, author of The Zero-Sum Game (Deep Vellum Press) reads from his novel and discusses Sexto Piso, Mexico City’s foremost independent publisher, now in its 15th year. This program was recorded by Chicago Access Network Television (CAN TV).

Lit & Luz Chicago 2016 Live Show highlights

 The Lit & Luz Festival of Language, Literature, and Art's grand finale is an exclusive night of debut collaborative performances from Gabriela Jauregui + Susy Bielak & Fred Schmalz, Jorge Méndez Blake + Samantha Hill, Guadalupe Nettel + Vu Tran + Amanda Gutiérrez, Daniel Saldaña París + Jessica Anne, Alejandro Albarrán Polanco + Rachel Galvin + Jim Becker. This event will move between Spanish and English and through the theme, “(Anti-)Static” or “Motion,” explore the contexts in which both Chicago and Mexico City exist. With music from (((SONORAMA)))'s Charly Garcia.

Shot by Dakota Sillyman and Chris Owsiany and edited by Erin Turney. Produced by Sarah Dodson and Hannah Welever.

Lit & Luz 2014: Luis Felipe Fabre, Valerie Mejer, and Daniel Borzutzky at the Poetry Foundation

The Poetry Foundation celebrates Lit & Luz, a four day poetry festival in Chicago and Mexico with readings from well known poets. This program was recorded by Chicago Access Network Television (CAN TV).

Lit & Luz 2014 Chicago: Archive, a Live Magazine Extravaganza

MAKE Literary Productions introduces the inaugural Lit & Luz Festival with the theme of "Archive," featuring Valeria Luiselli, Luis Felipe Fabre, Susana Iglesia, Brenda Lozano, Luis Felipe Fabre, Aguillón-Mata, Verónica Gerber Bicecci, Alejandro Almanza Pereda, Daniel Borzutzky, Mauricio Tenorio, Moira Pujols, Tania Candiani, Joel Craig, Kirsten Leenaars, Kathleen Rooney, Fred Sasaki, Marvin Tate, Irvine Welsh, Adam Burke, Ruth Guerra. Through readings, performances, visual art, and the 2014 theme “Archive,” the participants will explore both Chicago and Mexico City’s historical contexts; how we document our lives and our culture in a digital age; and translation between language and artistic mediums. Click here for the event line-up. 

Shot and edited by Hannah Welever.