APRIL 4, 2012
VCU’s artistic literary anthology, Poictesme, will hold its open-mic night Monday March 26th at 8 p.m. in anticipation of the release of its latest yearly installment.
Set to occur at Rev it Up! Café on Main Street, the event will feature readings from a number of student writers whose work has been selected for this year’s Poictesme (pronounced pwa-‘tem), as well as anyone else who wishes to share readings, music or performances of any kind.
Every year, the staff of Poictesme takes in a wide array of student submissions. Having now finalized their decision on which of the poetry, short fiction, photography and art work they will publish, the Poictesme staff planned the open-mic night in an effort to draw interest for the journal.
“As much a chance as it is to share people’s work, it’s just as much a chance for the people who got in to the journal and who helped make this journal such a success,” said Amy Sailer, Poictesme editor-in-chief.
Sailer said she chose Rev it Up! as the event location due to its location near campus, its great music selection and the spread of food and drinks to be served at the event.
Rev it Up! general manager John Hartman said the café will prepare for the event in several ways: Aside from a custom menu, which includes a massive bread and toppings buffet, the café will also take down their usual wall hangings to substitue student artwork accepted for publication in the journal.
The event will also be utilized in part to attract new staff members and volunteers, Sailer said.