Calliope is produced through the collaborative efforts of students from the Departments of English and of Art and Graphic Design under the mentorship of Professors Courtney Lehmann and Brett DeBoer.
Previous literary publications that served as an inspiration for Calliope were The Pharos, an annual published from 1893–1912 and The Hieroglyph from 1931–1933. The initial publication known as Calliope was first produced under the mentorship of English professor William Kollock, in the spring of 1970. It has featured original art, poetry, prose, fiction, and essays created by Pacific’s students ever since those early days.
The cover of the first issue of Calliope is the only one that has not been illustrated with artwork produced by a Pacific student. It instead featured a copy of an illustration by Art Nouveau artist, Alphonse Mucha. Ever since, the cover design has been original art created by a Pacific student reflecting a specific genre or theme. Since 2012 each cover has also paid homage to our namesake Calliope as muse. 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.
Recent editions of Calliope have received national acclaim by winning an Apex Award for Publication Excellence. Calliope is currently sponsored by the College of the Pacific and we all benefit from this continued generosity. Submissions are accepted year-round. For a chance to be published in a future issue of Calliope, download a submission form from this website: https://pacificalliope.wordpress.com.
The 2019–2020 issue is particularly noteworthy for several reasons. First and foremost, it is the issue that commemorates the 50th year of continued publication celebrating the art, design and literary work of Pacific students. In addition, it’s initial release is online only as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions placed on all of us. As such, this issue marks a particular point in the evolution of Calliope and also reflects a pivotal point as we look to the future. As you read and view the following pages, all of us associated with past and present publications of Calliope wish you, strength, health and safety.