A Special Update: Meet the Founder; Hear Our Story!

We pride ourselves on our transparency–every week we disclose our website analytics and statistics, updates concerning the submission process, competitions and calls of submissions, and even the state of the donations we’ve received! So, why on earth haven’t we introduced our founder? And why on earth is he writing in the third-person? This madness must end.


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Hello! My name is Brian Geiger. I’m the founder of Vita Brevis and an undergraduate student at the University of South Florida, studying psychology to attain my BA and eventually my doctorate to become a therapist. Humanistic psychotherapy is my major interest, an approach unique in its existential foundation. For readers of psychology, science, or philosophy, my personal blog may be of interest–and you can reach out to me there for non-Vita Brevis related questions! I’m “the voice” of Vita Brevis–most every comment and email have been written by me. We believe this gives our magazine a coherence of voice and style, something for the readers to hold onto and expect.

And no, I’m actually not a poet–I’m not sure how you guys pull it off so well!


I’ve loved poetry ever since I came across a copy of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s complete works about three years ago, back in my high-school years. Ever since that day, poetry has been a ceaseless passion!

For a long time, I wondered if starting a literary magazine was a feasible endeavor. Everywhere I looked said it wasn’t, calling it a fruitless and immensely burdensome “hobby” that guaranteed only toil and gradual failure. So, I gave it a try. Why not?

I’m happy to say, in a mere six weeks, Vita Brevis has pulled in over 6,000 views for its poets and their works, received enough money in donations to purchase a domain, host paid monthly competitions, buy a year-long Premium Plan, and afford months of advertisements via Google’s AdWords.

And it’s all thanks to our team (the “team” varies–I typically ask for temporary help from merited individuals whose opinions I trust; we have only one permanent member, and most of the logistics and decisions fall on her and my plate) and the WordPress community. You’re the reason we aren’t a blank page! The WordPress community reached out and supported us from day one, and we are eternally grateful!

It’s a lot of work to juggle this alongside my various interests and university/research obligations–but you make it worth it!

You have my deepest gratitude for taking the magazine this far in such a short timespan. As Vita Brevis grows, so do its poets, bringing more and more eyes to their work and websites. After all, we’re no longer a “WordPress” site; we’re a search-engine-listed, independent site that poets with or without WordPress accounts can submit to and read.

We cannot put our thanks into words–but perhaps that puts the degree of our gratitude in perspective.


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The Vita Brevis Team

“Ars longa, vita brevis" (art is long, life is short). This maxim so moved us that it seemed only right to title our online poetry 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 journal 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.

22 thoughts on “A Special Update: Meet the Founder; Hear Our Story!”

  1. I certainly agree–there are fascinating approaches and therapeutic activities such as art and poetry therapy, as you’ve pointed out. After all, the goal of most therapies is to close the gulfs of cognitive dissonance and negative schemas and bring clarity and acceptance to the fore. Art busied itself with this centuries before the first practice opened in Vienna, and it continues to do so!

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