Wednesday, May 8 | Doors open @ 6:30 pm | Program @ 7 pm

Free | Tickets Required: saywhatgoca121.eventbrite.com

SAY WHAT brings poetry and contemporary art together in our downtown GOCA121 space. 
Join us for this revival of one of GOCA's signature programs with author and poet Mia (Nussbaum) Alvarado (author name Mary Margaret Alvaradofrom her newest publication Hey Folly (Dos Madres Press) and other selections. Artist Matt Chmielarczyk and GOCA curator Daisy McConnell will share insights into the newly opened DOCUMENTATION exhibit.

About the Author:

Mia (Nussbaum) Alvarado is the author of Hey Folly (Dos Madres Press). Her poetry and prose have been published in the Beloit Poetry Journal, Greatcoat, Thermos, Third Coast, the Iowa Review, the Mid-American Review, Verse Daily, No Tell Motel, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Commonweal, Jacket 2, and elsewhere.  A former editorial assistant at Harper's Magazine, Mia was an Iowa Arts Fellow and a Provost's Post-Graduate Writing Fellow at the University of Iowa, where she studied nonfiction, and was the 2010-2011 Romaine Coombe Writer in Residence at Cincinnati's Seven Hills School. Mia teaches English 141, and poetry, nonfiction, and fiction at UCCS. She is finishing a collection of lyric essays titled Goodnight Goodnight Good Morning, and a (somewhat related) post-apocalyptic novel.

About the Artist:

Matt Chmielarczyk studied Illustration at The Center for Creative Studies - College of Art and Design in Detroit, Michigan, then relocated to Alaska in 1989 where he studied the photography and darkroom techniques of his unknowing mentors - Henri Cartier-Bresson, Edward Weston, Paul Strand, and Richard Misrach.  In 2000, Matt relocated to Manitou Springs, CO where he owned and operated The Manitou Center for Photography, a gallery committed to the work of the region's finest art photographers, until it's close in 2006. Matt is interested in creating a body of eclectic works that run the gamut of available film formats and styles.  He can be known to explore his subjects with the reactionary instant of street imagery and the precious rarity of a one-of-a-kind Polaroid image, the cinematic reflection of the 8x20 inch negative of the banquet camera to the immediacy and undeniable handiness of his iphone camera. He lives and works in Colorado Springs, CO with his wife- Sarah, and his two daughters - Miette and Evalina. 


6:30 doors open | 7 pm program