Monday, November 16, 2009

An Introduction

My name is Kelly, and I have been interning at CALYX for nearly two months now. I wanted to briefly introduce myself and share some of the wonderful things that I have done so far. After this term I will be graduating in Liberal Studies with a focus in Women Studies at Oregon State University. Having an interest in writing, publishing, and activism, CALYX has been the perfect experience.

My typical day includes sorting mail, filing journal and Sarah Lantz manuscripts, reviewing corrections, emailing, and updating websites. Helping with the 33rd Annual Glitterati was fun, and you can view photos at: Also, seeing the many talented Sarah Lantz poetry submissions has been very fulfilling. Which are still being accepted through November 20th. The greatest part, though, has been watching a journal come to life.


p.s. for the holidays, subscriptions make the perfect gift!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Birth of a Feminist Journal

(CALYX editorial staff Rebecca and Beverly, pictured left)

The CALYX Journal editorial staff is knee-deep in the production of the upcoming Winter 2010 journal. As the associate editor, I work with our senior editor Beverly, to copyedit, organize and arrange the journal's content.

One question that we have struggled with this week is what is the best way to open a feminist journal? The opening piece often sets the tone to how the journal is read, and it is important to have a strong start. Much of our prose and poetry content for this issue focuses around birth and mothers, themes in many previous CALYX Journals, and so we are tempted to open with a piece on birth. As women, we are intimately and deeply connected with the complicated feelings related to birth and raising children. But is that all that women are connected with?

While women's bodies and lives are often uniquely tied to children and child birth, woman's experience is not defined by birth (unless it is, perhaps, the birth of her own identity). The journal will open with "How to Become the Oracle" by Linda Strever, winner of the 2009 Lois Cranston Poetry Prize. Immediately following, will be the lush and moving prose piece by Christine Simokaitis, "Waiting for Elijah," focused around a woman's harrowing experiences with the birth of her son. We hope that our feminist readers recognize that stories and poems related to birth examine only a piece of the many experiences, dreams, curiosities and challenges that women face in their lives. At CALYX, we will do our best to represent all of the many faucets of woman's experiences and imagination; this includes, but is not limited to, birth.

-Rebecca Olson, Associate Editor

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Lois Cranston Poetry Prize Winners on CALYX website!

The hard work of judging the Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize is done. The poems of our winner, Linda Strever of Olympia, WA and of our two Honorable Mentions -- Pat Cason of Vancouver, WA and Kathryn Alison Graves of Keizer, OR -- are on our website at . After that always comes the hard work of thanking all those who submitted, and sending them a copy of CALYX Journal.

Our interns, Shayna and Kelly, did a lot of packing, sealing and sorting -- here's Kelly at work in our mailroom (above).

Almost 700 submissions were received! And yesterday, after at least a week's worth of prep, we got the many packages in the mail!