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Digitizing Feminist Literature

CALYX Press and Oregon State University Libraries and Press have been awarded a grant of $96,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize at-risk literature published through CALYX Press. This grant enables important literary works from the last 50 years of the feminist movement to be transformed into openly licensed e-book formats. CALYX, founded in 1976, is one of

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19th Amendment Issue

The 19th Amendment centennial is coming up on August 18, 2020, which in publishing timelines is practically tomorrow. We at CALYX thought we were going to spend the centennial celebrating our progress with the first female president; we find ourselves instead looking forward to an anniversary that is much for suited to the discussion of

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Social Justice Reader

Hello to all! On the behalf of CALYX, I get to make an exciting announcement… we have an upcoming project: the publication of our new Social Justice Reader! No title yet, the reader is still young, just a sapling of an idea being tended to, and at the moment we vaguely refer to it as

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A Feminist Utopia Reading List
A Feminist Utopia Reading List

Unless you have been contentedly nesting your days away under a rock, I’m sure you have witnessed the all-pervading media buzz surrounding Hulu’s new TV series based off of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. It’s a great watch, but also a great read. Befitting the resurgence in attention to Atwood’s feminist dystopia, I’ve put together

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Barbara Baldwin, In Memoriam
Barbara Baldwin, In Memoriam

On May 5, 2017, Barbara Baldwin—poet and founding editor of CALYX—passed away. I didn’t have the privilege of knowing Barbara long enough, although I’d been hearing about her for years as a pillar of the Corvallis community. She was a patient at my father’s optometry clinic, and he would often come home and ask me

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“The Groves” by Sandell Morse
“The Groves” by Sandell Morse

Sandell Morse’s work has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, Ploughshares, the New England Review, Fourth Genre and Ascent. She has won second place in the 2015 Tiferet nonfiction contest and has been named a finalist in the Orison Books Anthology 2015, nonfiction contest. “Hiding” is a notable essay of 2013, listed in Best American Essays, 2013.

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“Fixing the Phoenix” by Rebecca Keller

Rebecca Keller is an artist and writer. She has published in New Fairy Tales, Calyx, Public Historian, “Crossing Lines”(MainStreet Rag Press), Alimentum, Great Lakes Review and other journals. “Excavating History” is her book of art and essays.  Her awards include two Fulbrights, grants from the NEA and the Illinois Arts Council, the Jakobson Award from the

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“Identity” by Airica Parker
“Identity” by Airica Parker

Today Voices of CALYX is proud to bring you Airica Parker’s poem “Identity,” which appeared in Volume 28:3 of CALYX. Airica Parker’s work appears most recently in Camas, Driftwood Press, CALYX, The Fiddlehead, and Lalitamba. The Poetry Foundation selected her as a 2011 finalist for a Ruth Lilly Fellowship. An accomplished performer, instructor, and healer, Airica

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“Whitetail” by Abby Minor
“Whitetail” by Abby Minor

CALYX is happy to showcase Abby Minor’s piece “Whitetail,” which was published in volume 28:2. Abby Minor has studied at Smith College, The Penland School of Crafts, and The Pennsylvania State University.  Her book reviews and poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Georgia Review, AGNI Online, Pleiades, and The Fourth River, among others.  Also a visual artist,

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“Free Range” by Kathleen Kelly
“Free Range” by Kathleen Kelly

Happy Friday, CALYX-ers! We are already on to week two of Voices of CALYX, and today I’m excited to present Kathleen Kelly’s poem “Free Range,” which was published in Volume 28:1. A first-generation editor and poet, Kathleen A. Kelly’s poems and essays have been published in North American Review, PoemMemoirStory, Rain Taxi, CALYX, and Nimrod.  She completed Ph.D. coursework in literature

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“The Girl Who Flew” by Camellia Phillips
“The Girl Who Flew” by Camellia Phillips

We’re proud to exhibit our first audio piece, written and recorded by Camellia Phillips. Camellia’s piece appears in Volume 27:3 of CALYX Journal. Camellia Phillips is a longtime grant writer with nonprofit organizations focused on social justice and civic engagement. In addition to CALYX Journal, her fiction has appeared in cream city review and her

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Project Girl – Batey Lechería
Project Girl – Batey Lechería

Hello Calyx blog readers! This is Olivia, one of CALYX’s interns. My first blog post is a prelude to a longer interview that will be up next week. It’s about Project Girl, a student-led initiative in the Dominican Republic focused on breaking the cycle of poverty for young girls in the DR through educational workshops

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“No Complaining on the Yacht”: Women in Writing and Publishing
“No Complaining on the Yacht”: Women in Writing and Publishing

Last night I attended “Transmit Culture: Women in Writing and Publishing” at Portland State University. It was a panel featuring author Karen Karbo, Tin House Press editor Masie Cochran, and our own Alicia Bublitz. There was a lot of discussion about what it means to be a woman in publishing and how marketing women’s writing has

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The Third Character
The Third Character

*Note: Spoilers below. Go read the book.* As Brenna has already told you, several of us from the CALYX office took a road trip to Vancouver, BC to see the Vancouver International Film Festival showing of Into the Forest. We live(ish) tweeted, ate poutine (because, Canada, eh!), and extensively discussed our reactions. Much like other

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The “Man” Booker Prize and the Problem of Prizes
The “Man” Booker Prize and the Problem of Prizes

Unless you live under a twitter rock you will have seen that Marlon James has won the Man Booker Prize for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings. He is the first Jamaican, and, from the sound of things, the first author to use so many swear words to win the prize. We’re so

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On Into the Forest and How to Live Correctly
On Into the Forest and How to Live Correctly

Last Thursday, I had the tremendous privilege of attending the Vancouver International Film Festival, where I was able to see an early screening of Into the Forest, the new Patricia Rozema film based on Jean Hegland’s novel of the same name. I also had the privilege of posting cheeky tweets about it throughout the day, but

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Reasons I’ll Probably Live-Tweet the Into the Forest Premiere

Tomorrow, our small but intrepid staff heads up to Vancouver, BC, to see the premiere of Into the Forest, a movie based off of the post-apocalyptic Jean Hegland novel that CALYX published back in 1996. I want to share this experience with you all as soon as humanly possible. Ideally, I’d just wait until the movie gets

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Why It Takes Us So Damn Long to Get Back to You

CALYX’s General Submission period opens next Thursday, October 1st, and runs until December 31st. I love this time of year because I get to read beautiful, brilliant poetry and prose for four months straight. But I recognize that for the women who submit, this can be an extremely frustrating time. After all, if you submit in October,

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Send Us Your Vulture Poems: The Truth About Editors
Send Us Your Vulture Poems: The Truth About Editors

I’ve been working at CALYX for about two years now, and I have immensely enjoyed the various jobs that include coordinating the editorial collective every year. During my time, I’ve come to two conclusions about being an editor for a feminist publication: 1) A lot of people submitting think they know exactly what we’re looking to publish 2)

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Book Review: Citizen—An American Lyric
Book Review: Citizen—An American Lyric

Poet Claudia Rankine penned an arresting, courageous body of work about racism with her book Citizen: An American Lyric (2013). I found Citizen to be one of the most important contemporary poetry collections I have read as it relates to the conversation women’s literature creates around addressing micro-aggression, marginalization, and racism in the United States

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To Do List for the Damaged
To Do List for the Damaged

To Do List for the Damaged: My Hedgebrook recipe for writing a book By Tammy Robacker As Hedgebrook opens their call for women writers to apply this June, I cannot help but express gratitude for my own poetry residency there in 2011. My experience at Hedgebrook is especially humbling today since I celebrate recent news

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Q&A with Claire Harden
Q&A with Claire Harden

Claire Harden is from Napa, California and currently lives in Corvallis, Oregon.  She attends Oregon State University and is working on a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Claire works at Interzone Cafe and enjoys slacklining, hiking, camping, unicycling and painting. Claire is hosting an open studio art sale at her apartment on Sunday, June 7th on

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An Interview with Writer Kate Ver Ploeg

Kate Ver Ploeg’s “Fall From the Sky” was incorrectly published in CALYX Vol. 28:1 as fiction. Her piece is, in fact, a true experience told from a vulnerable place in her heart. We are deeply apologetic to Ms. Ver Ploeg for the misprint, and wish to give her the space to reclaim the label and

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10 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month
10 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month

Not sure what to do to make National Poetry Month special this April? Poets.org compiled a list of 30 ways to celebrate. Here are ten of our favorite! 1) Attend a poetry reading. 2) Pick you favorite poem and memorize it. 3) Buy a book of poetry from your local bookstore. 4) Try your hand

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April is National Poetry Month!
April is National Poetry Month!

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? Whether you are a devout poetry lover or think it’s impossible to understand, there is something for you to enjoy this month! Here’s an infographic with some facts about poetry to get you started: Infographic by Kelsey Sutton

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The Kinship Collective: Genealogies of Resistance
The Kinship Collective: Genealogies of Resistance

Genealogies of Resistance by the Kinship Collective The Genealogies of Resistance created by the Kinship Collective is a zine formed by students in Oregon States Queer of Color Critiques course, lead by Dr. Qwo-li Driskill. The zine is a creative and collective project that demonstrates artistic activism, art that critiques, analyzes and reflects particular cultural,

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Artist Staceyann Chin: Unspoken Identity-A Review
Artist Staceyann Chin: Unspoken Identity-A Review

Staceyann Chin is a Jamaican born lesbian, spoken word poet, artist and activist. She has written a number of poems addressing issues of race and sexuality as well as a memoir titled, The Other Side of Paradise, an unforgettable story that documents her experiences growing up in an unfamiliar and dysfunctional home in Paradise Jamaica.

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Cherríe Moraga — The Simultaneity of Oppression
Cherríe Moraga — The Simultaneity of Oppression

When Cherríe Moraga spoke at Oregon State University on February 10, she captivated the packed room of audience members and reminded all of us why we strive for social justice and change. She spoke about gender and sexuality, growing up in a mixed-race family, and her own struggle with identity. She addressed the important influence

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The Fifth Sacred Thing – An Ecofeminist Vision
The Fifth Sacred Thing – An Ecofeminist Vision

Inside Starhawk’s visionary novel, The Fifth Sacred Thing (Bantam, 1993), lies a lush, thriving community of people in post-revolutionary California who have adopted an earth-based, ecofeminist set of values and ideas. While the rest of the country, and presumably the world, suffers through extreme corruption and poverty, the people of San Francisco seem to have

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From the Desk of Margarita Donnelly
From the Desk of Margarita Donnelly

The first time I sat at Margarita’s desk was the first time I began to appreciate what a true force of nature she was. It was late summer, and while Margarita had ostensibly been retired for a year and a half, she was everywhere in the office she had run for 35 years. A true

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Top Ten Books of 2014: A Feminist Analysis
Top Ten Books of 2014: A Feminist Analysis

“If we are to dismantle a system that is oppressive because it pushes certain people to the periphery, we must bring those same people to the center.” – Leonicka Valcius, blogger, author, editor and traveler A demand for an “equitable literary landscape” within the publishing community reflects the larger socioeconomic and political disparities among racially

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Between the Lines: Lynn Casteel Harper
Between the Lines: Lynn Casteel Harper

Now that you have, hopefully, had a chance to read the full version of Family Fest, Lynn Casteel Harper’s compelling, insightful essay from the Summer 2012 edition of the CALYX Journal, please enjoy this equally thoughtful interview she did about the piece. “Family Fest” is set during a weekend-long Christian music gathering, which your narrator does

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Between the Lines: Jody Joldersma
Between the Lines: Jody Joldersma

A detail photo of Jody Joldersma’s sculpture, “The Birth of the Homonucli,” is the cover of the Summer 2012 edition of the CALYX Journal. An expanded view of the sculpture is included in the full-color art section inside the issue, alongside more images of her work and the work of other women artists. She was

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Between the Lines: Sara Kirschenbaum
Between the Lines: Sara Kirschenbaum

Sara Kirschenbaum’s photograph, “Pears,” can be found in the Winter 2012 edition of CALYX Journal. Here’s what she had to say about everything from photography to feminism to food. How has your personal visual style evolved throughout the years? I had a very strong visual inheritance. Both my parents are artists and Bauhaus educated. My

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Between the Lines: Rosa del Duca
Between the Lines: Rosa del Duca

Rosa del Duca’s, “The Script,” can be found in the Winter 2012 edition of the CALYX Journal. I wanted to find out more about this engaging author and how her story took its shape.  Some people think that the military is not an ideal environment for fostering creativity. What was your experience in the military

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2012 Lois Prize: What good are contests anyway?
2012 Lois Prize: What good are contests anyway?

With the start of the 2012 Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize reading period, I’ve been thinking a lot about why people submit (or should submit) to literary contests. I recently had a conversation with a friend that went something like this: Me: Hey friend who is also a poet. You should submit to the 2012

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The Portrayal of Female Protagonists

I read a novel recently that once again prompted me to reflect on a common and highly disheartening downfall of far too many awesome female protagonists/focal characters in literature, television, movies, etc. The composition I delved into began as many other fabulous works do, portraying the shift in social, sexual, ideological, economic, and gendered thinking

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Recognizing Women Writers
Recognizing Women Writers

Greetings, friends of CALYX! Intern Marissa writing. With summer soon coming to an end, I am once again reflecting on how fortunate I am to contribute to CALYX, along with gaining invaluable publishing experience and meeting some especially first-rate folks while here. From mini-assembly lines of letter sorting to perusing manuscripts over coffee, we interns

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Stepping Into the Forest

Dear CALYX followers, After browsing around CALYX Journals, I decided to take a look at CALYX Books. I grabbed a few titles to bring home with me. I don’t know if I will read them all, but they sure look promising. I was really attracted to what the summaries on the back covers revealed because

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CALYX’s International Voices: The Anthology
CALYX’s International Voices: The Anthology

A while ago, while browsing around CALYX Journals and CALYX Books, I spotted a Special International Anthology. As a French woman, this tickled my curiosity and I decided to check it out. Then I realized I had been right not to entitle my introductory entry on this blog “CALYX goes International.” Because obviously, CALYX did

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A Look at Issue 25:1
A Look at Issue 25:1

Hi there CALYX followers! As an intern at CALYX, I have the opportunity to be around all the journal issues published over the years, and I decided that it would be nice for me to tell you about some of the great poems and stories I came across. I must say that it was tough to

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