Calliope Literary and Art Magazine

rs59859_20160503-_calliope_0003The university community gathered in the Regents Dining Room May 3, 2016 to celebrate the unveiling of Calliope.

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 representing
all academic disciplines under the mentorship of Professors Courtney Lehmann (English) and 
Brett DeBoer (Art and Graphic Design).

“…to write and create is to

question, to protest, and to reveal

the hidden and the confined,

that is what Calliope represents

to me. Calliope is a form of

intervention that tells a story about

a community of artists whose

voices often go unheard”.—Adnan Hashtam, Lit. editor, 2014


Staff 2014

Staff 2014–15

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.

“Serving as the visual editors of

Calliope was easily one of the most

rewarding, intense, and formative

experiences for us during our

time at Pacific.”—Andrew Bishofberger, Design editor, 2014

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. Since 2008, each edition has received national attention by winning an Apex Awards for Publication Excellence.

“Compromise, contemplation,

coffee, and consistent

communication…”—Margaret Brunet, Design Editor, 2015–16

Click here for a more detailed account of the history of the Calliope magazine.

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.

“… the works reflected here are our textual

commitments to telling the stories

that are conflicting, equivocal, and

unashamedly real.”—Emily Olson, Lit editor, 2015–16

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.

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Calliope Unveiling Ceremonies

The entire cost of printing Calliope is funded annually through generous donations from individuals, the College of the Pacific and the Departments of English and Visual Arts. If you would like to be a contributor or a participant in next year’s issue please contact:

Professor Courtney Lehmann


Art and Design
Professor Brett DeBoer

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