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Calliope Wins APEX Award Two Years in a Row

Sep 16, 2010

Calliope, 2009 issue, titled

For the second year in a row, Calliope, Pacific's literary and arts magazine, has won an APEX Award for Publication Excellence. The 2009 issue, titled "5ive Minutes to Madalyn," earned the distinction in the "One-of-a-Kind Publications" category. The 2008 issue of Calliope also received an APEX Award for Publication Excellence.

The APEX AwardThe APEX awards are sponsored annually by Communications Concepts, Inc., and this year drew over 3,700 entries, mostly corporate and professional publications.  Calliope, which is designed, illustrated and written by students, was the only winning entry from a university and the only student-led publication to win.

The entries are evaluated for graphic design and editorial content as well as how the judges perceive their overall communications effectiveness and excellence.

Calliope is produced by the Humanities Center, through the collaborative efforts of students from the English and Visual Arts Departments. More a book than a magazine, each eye-catching volume contains a variety of poetry, essays and short stories complemented by vivid illustrations, paintings and photography.

Dr. Courtney Lehmann, Professor of English and Film Studies and Director of the Humanities Center, and Brett DeBoer, Professor and Chair of Visual Arts, oversee the production and serve as mentors to the student staff.

2010 Calliope a Contender, Too

Calliope, 2010 issues, Dr. Lehmann and Professor DeBoer were on sabbatical spring 2010, so students produced the 2010 issue under the direction of Visual Arts Professors Bett Schumacher and Marie Hannigova.

Professor Schumacher handled the editorial side, working with the student editor-in-chief, Alex Poirer '10, and Professor Hannigova supervised the design, layout and art submission processes along with Lauren Friedrich '10 who served as student art director.

This issue, themed "Memento Musa" (remembering the muse), will be entered in the 2011 APEX Awards, and Dr. Lehmann believes it has an excellence chance of continuing the Calliope winning streak.


How Calliope Comes Together

Calliope is created over the course of the academic year. Visual and literary artworks produced by students are juried for inclusion in the publication by a student editorial and visual arts staff. Once the final selections have been made, a student design team then visually organizes the content into a coherent magazine and takes it to press. The final results are unveiled each spring.

Get Involved!

If you would like to be a contributor or a participant in an upcoming issue please contact Dr. Lehmann at 209.946.2609 or Professor DeBoer at 209.946.3097.

Learn more about Calliope from this recent article in the Stockton Record:

Poetic Justice: Pacific's Calliope Journal Worthy of Winning Streak