If you had been in Chester’s Place at 8:30 on Monday night, you would have been in the midst of a spontaneous (although short-lived) dance party spurred on by the awesome electronic music of Bronko (a.k.a. Gordon student RJ Papaleo). If you had come a half hour earlier, you would have heard the lyrical retelling of the myth of Orpheus from the perspectives of three different characters and the tale of one Canadian student’s experience gaining American citizenship. If you’d come half an hour later, you would have listened to flash fiction about a ficus with feelings and a family, and finally, the story of one student’s coming-of-age and awakening to pluralism in India.
Now you may be thinking two questions: one, how were all these diverse and awesome artistic endeavors in one place at one time, and two, how did I miss it?
I’ll let you struggle with the second question, but the answer to the first is simple. Just five words:
Vox Populi. Idiom. Release Party.
The Vox Populi and Idiom are Gordon’s two literary and artistic journals who both celebrated the release of their most recent publications just this week. The marriage of this joint celebration gave birth to the Vox and Idiom Release Party on Monday May 7th. This once a semester event ran for nearly two hours and featured readings of play-writing, poetry, fiction, and non-fiction interspersed with performances of original music, all showcasing the published artistic work of Gordon students.
The Vox Populi and Idiom provide an outlet for the expression and sharing of artistic creativity at Gordon. While both accept all forms of writing, the Vox focuses more on non-fiction and editorial pieces, with a smattering of fiction and poetry, while the Idiom features art and photography as well as all forms of writing: poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, and most recently, its first published work of play-writing.
Also exciting and brand new this semester for the Idiom was an expansion into music and a foray into the digital world! For the first time ever, the Idiom accepted submissions of original music and compiled a 12-track digital album, with lyrics printed in the Spring 2012 issue of the Idiom. If you want to, check out and even download for free music from Gordon students at http://theidiom.bandcamp.com/.
I have a special (and somewhat biased) love for the Idiom, because I have been this year and will continue to be next year the assistant editor. I was so proud of all the hard work everyone else on my editorial team put in to making this issue possible. I love seeing the finished product and providing an opportunity for Gordon students to express themselves and share their work with their friends and peers. I’ve loved working on the Idiom this year, and had so much fun on Monday night partying with the Vox, listening to good music, hearing amazing readings, and appreciating beautiful art with awesome friends.