Greetings CALYX community!

My name is Paige O’Rourke and I am taking over Mara’s spot as the newest intern at CALYX, Inc. I am extremely excited for the opportunity to work with a publishing press, and particularly one that is both a non-profit organization and that promotes writerly self-efficacy among women!

My hometown is Grants Pass, Ore., but I currently reside just north of Corvallis in Monmouth, where I attend Western Oregon University. There, I am in the process of procuring a degree in English with a focus in Literature, and have a double minor in Writing and International Studies with Asian Studies as my focus area.

During the 2010-2011 academic year, I was the Editor-in-Chief of the Western Oregon Journal, WOU’s weekly campus newspaper (check us out at: http://www.westernoregonjournal.com). It was an amazing experience that combined so many things I love, including writing, meeting new people, and staying aware of news and events locally, nationally, and across the globe. After working for the “Journal” for three years, I will be stepping down next year in order to focus on my other campus job at the Writing Center, where I will take on the position of Lead Writing Consultant.

I am so excited for the opportunity to work with CALYX, Inc. and promote new and blossoming female/feminist writers. Literature has always been such an important part of my life, and I believe the written word can be one of the most powerful ways of breaking down the barriers that exist between groups, whether this means promoting feminism, combating racism, or working to eradicate the plethoria of other social injustices that take place within this world. Literature has the power to eclipse the constraints that humanity faces in our attempts to communicate with one another and, if we are willing, can open our hearts and minds to points of view we never before thought to look from.

I am eager to begin my journey with CALYX, Inc. and delve into the creations of female/feminist writers from many walks of life. I hope that this internship experience will not only increase my editing and publishing skills, but more importantly bolster my awareness of and appreciation for the endless ways in which female/feminist writers express themselves.

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