Junot Diaz at VCU

Junot Díaz, Dominican-American author, came to VCU’s campus Tuesday, September 12th, and it became apparent very quickly he did not come to talk about his books. With a casualness unexpected for the topics at hand, Professor Díaz went straight into his insightful perspective on the current state of American political affairs. His talk ranged from thoughts on community and education to patriarchy and privilege, and all the points that connect these aspects of our lives. Díaz disrupted the flow of a traditional reading by starting…Continue Reading “Junot Diaz at VCU”

Words by Stephanie Trujillo When I introduced myself to Vito Acconci, I was in disbelief that I was finally meeting the famous multimedia artist and architect I had studied about in my contemporary art history courses. Acconci was surprised that I was more interested in his Body Art rather than the architectural works he had just discussed. His response however caught me off guard. Cautiously but sincerely, he said, “I don’t want to make art anymore. Art is just for museums.” Perplexed, I pointed out…Continue Reading “Vito Acconci on Beauty, Harmony, and Functionality”

By this time next week Poictesme will showcasing the wonderful writing and art of VCU students in our Spring 2015 journal. This issue features the work of many talented writers and artists: illustration by Keith Pfeiffer, Anthony Sudol and Skye Young; photography by Weston Clark and Alex Matzke; poetry by Jamal Stone and Jessie Kraemer; and prose by Brennan Chambre and Nicole Maria Willis. Enjoy the sneak peek of some of the featured works below! Want to see it person? Come to our release event at the Depot…Continue Reading “Spring 2015 Issue Preview”

by Amelia Heymann When I first thought about an Anarchist-run event, certain images came to my mind. One was a group of teenagers pushing over trashcans while shouting “Fuck the system!” Another, a group of angry punk kids ranting about how the man is keeping them down, as some obscure band screams in the background.  What I actually saw when I attended an Anarchist gathering was a group of adults sipping on craft brewed beer while discussing how to run the world without a government…Continue Reading “Inside Liberate RVA’s Anarchy Garden”