Feb 16, 2010

I know we shouldn’t mention this, with the east coast buried in snow, and apparently snow in 49 of 50 states… but a few feet from the door of the CALYX office there are crocus, daffodils and snowdrops blooming! Spring has begun here in Oregon, and although we have had our “setbacks” before (notably a snow mid-April last year!), it’s starting to feel like we’re coming out of the winter! And if it’s spring… CALYX birthday isn’t far behind!

CALYX was founded on March 11, 1976, by four women with a vision to provide a publication that celebrates the excellence and diversity of women’s literature and art. It has continued to give opportunities to new and developing writers – more than 4,000, and we lost count a while ago!

A few writers who were published first or early in their careers include Julia Alvarez, Ellen Bass, Chitra Divakaruni, Molly Gloss, Linda Hogan, Natalie Goldberg, Barbara Kingsolver, Colleen McElroy, Sharon Olds, Nobel Laureate Wislawa Szymborska (the first English translations in the U.S.A.), and Eleanor Wilner. Did you know CALYX Journal was also the first U.S. publisher of color art reproductions of the work of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo?

We will be celebrating CALYX’ 34th birthday here in Corvallis, Oregon, with a party on March 13th that includes music, refreshments — and of course, readings! More on that soon. But if you are inclined to celebrate with CALYX, you can have a house party of your own! We would be delighted to provide more information to you — email us at: info(at)calyxpress(dot)org.

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