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AEOLUS

By Bushra Makiya
STAFF REPORTER

Aeolus is a new MIT/Wellesley literary magazine which was published for the first time last week. The purpose of Aeolus is to create another voice for the arts on campus and between the MIT and Wellesley communities and to bring about a greater awareness of, and a stronger community around, literary arts. Riaz S. Dhanani ’01, treasurer of the publication, said that they wanted to provide “a literary voice on campus everybody knew about.”

While there are other literary arts magazines at MIT, the founders of Aeolus wanted to add to what was already available and therefore to strengthen the presence of the literary arts on campus. The idea for the magazine began in the spring of 1998 but the publication didn’t really get rolling until early 1999. For the first issue, MIT and Wellesley published two different versions of the magazine, but future issues will be identical. The Wellesley edition came out this spring, and the MIT version was released last week. The first MIT distribution consisted of 2700 copies, but the number will rise once the same version is being produced on both campuses. Aeolus is funded in part by the Council of the Arts.

Starting with the next issue, the magazine will also be web-based and can be found at <http://aeolus-mag.org/> on the web. Work can be submitted and edited online. A system in which people log in to the site will even allow editorial meetings to take place online. A web-based issue will appear in the fall, and a hard copy issue will potentially be released during IAP or in February.

Aeolus publishes a monthly online newsletter called Vine in connection with the literary magazine. It consists of art reviews and a calendar of arts events in the area, among other things. Vine’s purpose it to make the arts more accessible by being a resource for people to easily find out what’s going on, especially what’s happening on college campuses in Boston.

As described on the web page by Wellesley student Cathi Kwon, Vine is “a forum for art.” It strives “To create a starting point for the arts experience. To act as a catalyst between the art and the community.”