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