07.19.10 Cristina's flash fiction and more

07.19.10 Cristina's flash fiction and more

Our third Monday Proyecto Latina feature for July is Cristina Correa, writer, poet and fierce wordsmith. Held at the lovely Cafe Catedral in Little Village. Bring your chismes and come ready for the open mic. Get the full scoop below and plan to join us.

Date: Monday, July 19, 2010
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Cafe Catedral, 2500 S. Christiana, Chicago, Il

Cristina Correa is a working artist in the city of Chicago.  Most recently, she has been published in Latina Voices, Say What Magazine, Ghost Factory Magazine and participated in a poetic and visual exhibition entitled Convergence.  She graduated from the Columbia College Fiction Writing Department as an Alexandroff Community Scholar.  She has taught creative writing and advocated for the empowerment of young people in the Chicago Public Schools and various community organizations since 2004.  Her chapbook  This is the year was published by Watch the Steps Press.

Proyecto Latina venue sponsor for July 2010.

Alicia Ponce leads the way to greener living

Alicia Ponce leads the way to greener living

At 6 years old, Alicia Ponce–a tom-boy that didn’t mind getting dirty while playing with dirt and rocks–observed her uncle, a civil engineer, directing at a construction site and got hooked on architecture. Three years ago Alicia founded ap.MonArch, an architecture, interior design, and green consulting firm. She talks to us about the challenges that led her to becoming self-employed–including a corporate structure where colleagues refused to learn the proper pronunciation of an ethnic name but conveniently dropped it into proposals to appear ‘diverse’. She’s passionate about green construction and design and also talks to us about her love of building and creating and being an educator at Columbia College Chicago–a job that she says, “keeps me on my toes.”

Alicia Ponce, 1 of 2, 7:04

Alicia Ponce, 2 of 2, 7:29

interview: Liza Ann Acosta. photo: Thelma Uranga.

06.21.10: Alicia's Dulce Palabras

06.21.10: Alicia's Dulce Palabras

The third Monday in June is going to be extra sweet for Proyecto Latina. We are featuring Alicia Tellez Vega from La Dulce Palabra Spoken Word ensemble and we are taking our reading series back into Little Village, we are being hosted at the lovely Cafe Catedral. Get the full scoop below and plan to join us.

Date: Monday, June 21, 2010
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Cafe Catedral, 2500 S. Christiana, Chicago, Il

Alicia Tellez Vega of La Dulce Palabra is the Proyecto Latina feature for June 2010.

Alicia Tellez Vega was raised on the southwest side of Chicago and comes from a large Mexican family. She uses her creative energy to express her sexuality, inner conflicts and sensuality through words and dramatic performances. As a advocate for youth, she also uses her writings and performances to release the negative energy that is can often be carried internally from working with young trauma victims. She is currently a member of La Dulce Palabra Spoken Word Ensemble, board member of Amigas Latinas and the Youth Program Director at Center on Halsted.

Reading will include Identity Crisis, a monologue about the struggles to give identity to the unnamed female zone. I will also be reading sections from Las Dulces Palabras, Volume 1, a self published collection of original writings from La Dulce Palabra Spoken Word Ensemble.

Proyecto Latina venue sponsor for June 2010.

05.17.10: Speak Up & Speak Out!

05.17.10: Speak Up & Speak Out!

Next Proyecto Latina is on Monday, May 17, 2010 @ 7 p.m. Cedahlia’s Cafe, 1010-12 S. Western.

This month we are switching things up a little bit,  we are featuring YOU because Proyecto Latina wants you to SPEAK UP & SPEAK OUT! In light of the anti-immigrant legislation passed in Arizona, we are dedicating our 3rd Monday Reading series to creative work that responds to it.  Join us for poems, stories, and personal essays by invited guests, Proyecto Latina cofounders, and most importantly YOU! The Chisme Box is also getting proactive and wants creative solutions to this problem and we know you have ideas.  Dig out your papelitos, dust off your guitar, and bring your journal.  Let’s celebrate our communities and keep the resistance going!

Photo by Thelma Uranga.
05.08.10: The Great Collaboration

05.08.10: The Great Collaboration

Join us this Saturday evening at The Great Collaboration, a creative justice roundtable and celebration. Reading for Proyecto Latina: Diana Pando, Irasema Gonzalez and Sandra Posadas.

Event and ticket information: www.firethistimefund.org