About This Journal

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.