Athenaeum Coffeehouse Night celebrates student creativity

By: Lydia Rogers

Xavier students showcased their creative talents at the Athenaeum Coffeehouse Night in Gallagher Student Center atrium.

Xavier Athenaeum hosted the event on Nov. 13 in promotion of the annual publication of the university’s literary journal, which features original poetry, short stories and graphic artwork by current Xavier students in order to celebrate the creative work of the Xavier community.

Xavier Athenaeum aimed to highlight the importance of expression through personal creativity and held the event as an opportunity to encourage students to submit works to be published in the journal’s 2013-14 issue.

Students and faculty indulged in free tea, coffee and cookies while they watched and listened to students perform spoken word, music pieces and creative prose.

There were performances from Xavier’s A caBellas and Harmon-X, followed by an open-mic portion, in which students signed up to display their creativity.

“I had a great time watching some really talented Xavier students perform and even overcame my own stage fright,” Coffeehouse Night participant Samantha Meza said.

Meza performed three original slam poetry pieces during the event.

“Even though I was super nervous, the crowd was incredibly supportive and encouraging. It was nice to see students cheering each other on and sharing their talents.”

“The night was a ton of fun,” Coffeehouse Night performer Jake Tancer said.

Tancer sang with Harmon-X and performed two solo songs.

“I think it gives a lot of visibility to all the incredible artist we have at Xavier. It was definitely a great time and a good thing.”

The performances from Wednesday’s Coffeehouse Night were filmed and are now posted on the Xavier Athenaeum YouTube channel.

For those who are interested in submitting pieces for the next Athenaeum publication, works are due to Orgsync on Dec. 22.