of olive trees
opens and closes
like a fan.
– Federico Garcia Lorca, from “Landscape”
Moria is a national literary magazine with an all-student editorial board, based at Woodbury University in the hills just north of downtown Los Angeles. We accept poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction from emerging and established writers in the United States and across the world. The undergraduates who serve as editors and managers of the magazine participate in an official course on campus called “Digital Publication,” where they learn the fundamentals of producing an online literary journal with a professional focus. We publish once-a-year, in the late fall.
At one time, an olive grove stood on the land that is now Woodbury University, and many of the old trees still grow on campus today. The name Moria is taken from that context, as it refers to a special type of olive tree in ancient Greece that is protected by the government. As a tree sacred to Athena, the goddess of wisdom, the original “Moria” was believed to have been planted by her at the Parthenon and includes the meaning “to be part of” something larger than itself. Here at the literary journal, we recognize and celebrate that Woodbury University is a part of a tradition of learning that is larger than itself, just as literature and the writers who make it are part of a tradition of creative engagement and cultural production that is larger than any one individual alone.