Objet d'Art Arrives,
by Yana Zeltser
Rutgers University has long
excelled in the strength and variety of its student publications.
The Daily Targum, The Anthologist, The Podium, A Posteriori,
and Dialogues@RU each contribute a unique voice to
the list of literary endeavors. Objet d'Art joined
the literary presence on campus in 2002, with the support
of its faculty advisor, English Professor Kate Flint.
The magazine promotes the interaction of the literary, artistic,
and cultural communities on campus. Rita Banerjee, the editor-in-chief,
explains: "The initial aim of Objet d'Art was
to revolutionize the creative communities at Rutgers by providing
a forum for student artists and writers to interact, inspire,
In addition to publishing works in varied artistic and literary
genres, Objet d'Art initiated various projects to
strengthen the creative community at Rutgers. The magazine
publishes "What's Goin' On," a weekly newsletter
that lists the upcoming literary and arts events in New Brunswick
area. Objet also sponsors trips to the biannual Geraldine
R. Dodge Poetry Festival; the Fall 2002 visit gave Rutgers
students a chance to interact with luminaries from the contemporary
writing community such as Rita Dove, Robert Hass, Billy Collins,
and Rutgers alum Robert Pinsky.
Last year Objet d'Art collaborated with the Zimmerli
Art Museum to create the Emerging Poets series, and also with
The Anthologist to create the "New Verse"
reading series at Barnes and Noble in North Brunswick. Both
endeavors showcase the original work of student writers from
Rutgers. The Emerging Poets series at the Zimmerli is a part
of the "Art after Hours" events that take place
on the first Thursdays of selected months. Admission is free
for Rutgers faculty, students, and staff. Emerging Poets readings
feature poets from the Rutgers community, as well as the tri-state
area, giving the audience a chance to hear and discuss the
works of local writers.
Objet d'Art's weekly meetings are filled with discussions
and lively debate, and new contributors are always welcome.
More information, including "What's Goin' On," is
on the magazine's website at: www.eden.rutgers.edu/~objet/.
incomplete list of student publications at Rutgers