Calliope: Pacific’s Student Literary and Art Magazine

Calliope is named for the muse of heroic poetry in Greek mythology that inspired Homer’s Odyssey and is Pacific’s student literary and arts journal.

calliope cover 2011—Zac Bates

The history of Calliope is a bit like baseball in that there was an “old-time era” and also a “modern era”. The old-time era was inspired by two previous publications, The Pharos, from 1893–1912 and The Hieroglyph from 1931–1933.  In 1970, Calliope was initiated and during those next decades the magazine took many forms. By the year 2000, the “modern era” began in the form we now know it, featuring original art, poetry, prose, fiction, and essays created by Pacific’s students and juried by a student editorial staff for final publication. All copies of the magazine are available through the Holt-Atherton Library on campus.

The cover of the first issue of Calliope is the only one that has not been illustrated with artwork produced by a Pacific student, instead featuring a copy of an illustration by Art Nouveau artist, Alphonse Mucha. Some past volumes have focused exclusively on specific genres such as fiction or poetry or were designed around a theme. The three most recent editions have received national attention by winning Apex Awards for Publication Excellence.

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. Check us out online at It is produced annually through the Pacific Humanities Center with financial support coming from the Office of the COP Dean, Departments of English and Visual Arts as well as a variety of other departments, organizations, and individuals within the Pacific community and we all benefit from their continued generosity. We are also accepting modest donations in exchange for continuing this Pacific tradition of excellence, and in turn you are welcome to pick up your very own copy of Calliope 2010 – 2011, volume #41 all-time and # 10 in the “Modern Era.”

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