Proyecta Latina/Kelly Norman Ellis poetry reading, open mic, & chismes 11/21

We are proud to host Proyecto Latina this month:
Monday, November 21 
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Cobalt Studio
1950 W. 21st St 1st floor - Storefront Chicago, IL 60608
Chicago, Illinois

PROYECTO LATINA is Proyecto Latina is a multi-media project that amplifies the success and impact of Latinas in our community. Our initiatives include a reading series and a website that allow us to: create a culture of self-empowerment, spotlight emerging and established Latina talent, create safe spaces in under served communities, and provide a virtual platform to chronicle stories, share resources and start dialogue.

Join us as we feature the fabulous and fierce Kelly Norman Ellis! 
Kelly Norman Ellis is an associate professor of English and creative writing at Chicago State University. She is also the director of the MFA in Creative Writing program at CSU. She is a poet whose work has appeared in Sisterfire: Black Womanist Fiction and Poetry, Spirit and Flame, Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature and Art, Boomer Girls, Essence Magazine, Obsidian, Calyx, and Cornbread Nation.

She is a recipient of a Kentucky Foundation for Women writer’s grant and is a Cave Canem fellow and founding member of the Affrilachian Poets. She is the author of Tougaloo Blues published by Third World Press and the upcoming Offerings of Desire.

Ellis will be reading poems of desire, love and home from her upcoming collection "Offerings of Desire" (upcoming Williow Books). As always, Proyecto Latina is FREE also get there early to sign up for the open mic. Remember the Chisme Box needs to be fed so bring your chismes!

Also Mike Pocius' photo show will be up during this event. Take advantage of another chance to see the show.


Mike Pocius// Reception recap pics..

Thanks to all that came out Saturday, 11/12 for the Mike Pocius reception. We love to see our old and new friends having a good tiime. Needless the say, the show was a success. Congrats to Mike! The show is up through Sunday, December 4th. Stay tuned for upcoming public events @cobaltstudio


Mike Pocius' Solo Show OPENS- Saturday, 11/12

Mike Pocius: Mike's Kind of Town, 
One Town That Won't Let You Down!

Opening Reception: 
Saturday, November 12, 2011

Selected photographic work of Southside Chicago Artist Mike Pocius 

Selected photographic work of Southside Chicago Artist Mike Pocius

On view at Cobalt is an overview of Mike Pocius' past darkroom printed and recent digital color work ranging from 1974 -2011. The artist states, "My work is pretty much street photography built on the foundations of the great ones, such as Robert Frank and Andre Kertex. I try to bring this tradition into the twenty fir...st century.

Mike Pocius is a constantly wandering urban explorer taking notes on the state of our metropolis by way of his Nikon film camera and of late, shooting color digital images; People, places, things, the mundane, the minute, the glorious, the profane, the real in reality.

At times, the camera focused on grim realities our eyes would rather glance around. Mike calls his visual studies a kind of "Urban Archaeology" where by all this graphic evidence when stitched together paints a capacious picture of one artist subjective view of our urban environment.