Calliope is the Literary and Arts magazine of University of the Pacific. It is produced by the Pacific Humanities Center through the collaborative efforts of students from the English and Visual Art Departments and contributions from students across all disciplines under the mentorship of Professors Courtney Lehmann and Brett DeBoer.
Pronounced Kuh-Lie-Oh-Pea, the magazine is named for the muse of heroic poetry in Greek mythology and is Pacific’s student literary and arts journal. First published in the spring of 1970, Calliope has since woven itself into Pacific’s literary and art fabric. It features original art, poetry, prose, fiction, and essays created by Pacific’s students and juried by the student editorial staff for final publication.
Previous literary publications that served as inspiration for Calliope were The Pharos, an annual published from 1893–1912 and The Hieroglyph from 1931–1933. The cover of the first issue of Calliope is the only one not illustrated with artwork produced by a Pacific student, instead featuring a copy of an illustration by Art Nouveau artist, Alphonse Mucha. Some issues have focused exclusively on specific genres such as fiction or poetry or were designed around a theme. The 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 editions have received national attention by winning Apex Awards for Publication Excellence.
Calliope continues as a vehicle of self-expression and creativity for Pacific students, and each issue reflects the talent of the students who contribute to it. Financial support comes from a variety of departments, organizations, and individuals and we all benefit from their continued generosity.
Visual and literary artworks produced by students are juried for inclusion in the publication by a student editorial staff. A student design staff subsequently organizes this content into a coherent magazine and shepherds it through the printing process. To see past issues click here.
Calliope Unveiling Ceremonies Fall 2011 & 2012