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 and Brett DeBoer.
“…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
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. The 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 editions have received national attention by winning Apex Awards for Publication Excellence.
coffee, and consistent
communication…”—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.
Calliope Unveiling Ceremonies
Professor Courtney Lehmann
Art and Design
Professor Brett DeBoer