Calliope Literary and Art Magazine

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Once again, it is that time of year! Submissions for the 2019/2020 issue of Calliope are now being accepted. University of the Pacific Students have until March 5th to submit their original prose, poetry, and visual art for the upcoming issue. Details may be found here.


Parks Calliope Cover

To see past issues click here.

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Calliope Unveiling Ceremonies

Submissions to Calliope are accepted year-round. To be published in a future issue of Calliope, download a submission form from here

Alex, Katie Emilee

Alex McBride—VA Editor, 2017 • Katie Nimmo—VA Editor, 2018 • Emilee Jenkins—VA Editor 2019

Calliope is the Literary and Arts magazine of University of the Pacific and is produced through the collaborative efforts of students from the English and  
Art & Graphic Design Departments and showcase contributions from students representing all academic disciplines. Pronounced Kuh-Lie-Oh-Pea, the magazine is named for the muse of heroic poetry in Greek mythology. Under the mentorship of William Kollock, professor of English, Calliope was first published in the spring of 1970 and has since woven itself into Pacific’s literary and art fabric.  In 2002, faculty advisor Courtney Lehmann, professor of English, brought Calliope under the wing of the Pacific Humanities Center, which produced the volume from 2002 to 2013. Since 2013 Calliope has been sponsored by the College of the Pacific. Since 2004, Brett DeBoer, professor of graphic design, has joined Professor Lehmann as co-faculty advisor. Since 2009, annual editions of Calliope have received national acclaim by winning an Apex Award for Publication Excellence. Previous literary publications that served as inspiration for Calliope were The Pharos, an annual published from 1893–1912 and The Hieroglyph from 1931–1933. It has featured original art, poetry, prose, fiction, and essays created by Pacific’s students ever since those early days.

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

“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

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first issue, 1970

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. In recent years, the cover design has not only reflected a specific genre or theme but has also paid homage to our namesake Calliope as muse. Some issues have focused exclusively on specific genres such as fiction or poetry or were designed around a theme.

“Compromise, contemplation,

coffee, and consistent


—Margaret Brunet, Design Editor, 2015–16

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 Art & Graphic Design. 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

Submissions to Calliope are accepted year-round. To be published in a future issue of Calliope, download a submission form found on this website.

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