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Remembering Bryan — Memories and photos from friends and family released on the fifth anniversary of Bryan E. Guzman’s death. Meet the person who inspired the founding of Bryan House and Emmanuel House, organizations dedicated to serving the working poor. View or download free.



Black Writing from Chicago — The first comprehensive collection of Chicago’s great tradition of Black writing, Richard Guzman’s book has been hailed as “impressive” and “fascinating” and a “work of great importance.” Read a Major Review; Read excerpts from Other Reviews;  Hear a Radio Interview.  Find More Information, links to the book’s Foreword, Introduction, and Afterword, and BUY the book HERE. Books may be autographed and/or dedicated by request.


Writing Well Wherever You Work — This book will show you how to write with twice the quality in half the time.  Unique and compact, it distills lessons on professional writing, life, and the transforming power of the word from Richard Guzman’s over 25 years of teaching in colleges and in corporations large and small, manufacturing to high tech. E-book coming. BUY pdf.


Voices and Freedoms: A History of Jazz — Richard Guzman’s first book, written during the nation’s Bicentennial Year, is a sweeping portrait of jazz history and jazz’s major creators that was also made into a nationally syndicated radio series. It is soon being reissued as an e-book or pdf download, and all buyers will also receive access to the original 16-part radio series based on the book.  Go Here to Buy either version of the book.  See a list of Radio Episodes.  Listen to a Sample Show: #14 on Ornette Coleman.


Smokestacks & Skyscrapers — Edited with David Starkey, this is the most comprehensive collection of Chicago writing ever assembled and was a Chicago Tribune editor’s pick.  Read reviews.  Hear radio show (interview and performance on WGN); Hear radio show excerpt.  Temporarily out of print, a very limited number of copies will soon be available on  this site.  Read more about and/or BUY the book, which may be autographed and/or dedicated by request.


Asian American Writers — Yale University’s Harold Bloom picks what he thinks are the best 15 modern essays on Asian American writing, Dr. Guzman’s essay on NVM Gonzalez among them.  You may read it Here on this website, or the Virginia Quarterly website. Very limited copies of the book, autographed and/or dedicated by request, are also available for purchase. Read more about this book and/or BUY it.


Mixing It Up — An innovative collection on multi-racial identities in America, this book contains Dr. Guzman’s essay “Miscegenation and Me,” which you may read Here on this website.  Read Review excerpt.  Very limited copies of the book are also available for purchase.   BUY book, which can also be autographed and/or dedicated by request.

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