“Ars longa, vita brevis" (art is long, life is short). This maxim so moved us that it seemed only right to title our literary magazine after it. It may seem curious that we chose Vita Brevis (life is short) as our title instead of Ars Longa (art is long). But this choice was more than appropriate; after all, the aim of our magazine is to publish work that shows a keen awareness of not only art’s beauty and immortality but life’s toils and finiteness. We want to revive and nourish the rich existential literature that forms when art and the human endeavor collide.
But our team is small, young, and not one for the spotlight. You will never know us by name, but know that we will be reading and analyzing your work from our university dorms, fixated on bringing it to as many readers as possible--fixated on inspiring the second wave of existentialist literature. We give all literary poets and writers our call-to-arms--send us your best work, and let's see what it can do!
But this isn't about us. We believe there is a poverty in the arts; sensitivity to existential thought has been swathed out since the advent of post-modernism. Both schools have produced tremendous works. However, we wish to preserve and nourish the existential pieces that may otherwise struggle to see the light of day. And we wish to grow in influence and merit so we may recognize brilliant writers and start their careers. In that sense, your support is two-fold; by supporting Vita Brevis, you, in turn, support its writers!