Kallisto Gaia Press is home to both The Ocotillo Review and The Texas Poetry Calendar. They are a nonprofit literary organization that welcomes “experimental or unusual approaches to literature, our goal is to promote finely crafted work with an expressive and meaningful voice. We pay our contributors upon publication because we feel that too much art is taken for granted.”
I wondered how and why this project came to be, so I asked Managing Editor Tony Burnett and he kindly replied. See my interview with Burnett and a link to submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about The Texas Poetry Calendar.
BURNETT: The Texas Poetry Calendar is a combination journal, planner, calendar printed on 6X9 spiral bound card stock published by Kallisto Gaia Press. When you open it there’s a page of poems on the left and a calendar on the right, a month – then each week – per page, with plenty of room for your notes, thoughts, appointments, however you chose to use it. The inside front cover features a poem by the current Texas Poet Laureate and all other work is chosen through submissions by that year’s editor. Editors change every year or so.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Texas Poetry Calendar originally started?
BURNETT: The TPC started in 1998 by two women from Webster, Texas who published under the moniker, Flying Cow Productions. In 2008 Dos Gatos Press out of Austin Texas assumed the right to publish the calendar. The principle partners of Dos Gatos Press, Scott Wiggerman and David Meischem, relocated to Albuquerque in late 2017 and passed the torch to the then fledgling Kallisto Gaia Press which I founded in 2016. With a few partners we expanded and became a nonprofit in 2017. The 2019 Texas Poetry Calendar will release in July 2018. It will be the 20th anniversary edition of the iconic journal and our first. We are keeping the calendar’s look and feel the same. We have even brought in Cindy Huyser as editor. She has edited four of the previous calendars. The only small change we are making in the journal is offering the contributors we publish monetary compensation. It’s part of the Kallisto Gaia Press’ mission statement.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
BURNETT: Poetry, of course, generally shorter works of less than 35 lines due to the calendar’s format. Poems should have some relation to the geography, iconography, or culture(s) of Texas. We interpret that very broadly.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
BURNETT: Haiku, Tanka, golden shovel, very short but meaningful pieces. The shorter the work we publish the more poets we can feature. We are also drawn to historical and bilingual submissions.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
BURNETT: I can’t speak for our board and editorial staff but I maintain subscriptions to The Sun and The Atlantic. I also follow Panoplyzine, Connotation Press, Crazyhorse, and Gulf Coast.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
BURNETT: Submissions for all of our projects are taken through Submittable. https://kallistogaiapress.submittable.com/submit
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
BURNETT: Email: email@example.com Snail mail: 1801 E. 51st Street #365-246 Austin TX 78723 or call me at 254-654-7205. We pride ourselves on our accessibility and transparency. Please don’t hesitate to call or check our website http://www.kallistogaiapress.org.
DEADLINE: February 20, 2018
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMAT: combination journal, planner, calendar printed on 6X9 spiral bound card stock
PAYMENT: $20 per poem
FORMS: poetry (35 lines or less), including poems partly or entirely in Spanish (please include translation)
NOTES: No simultaneous submissions.
Categories: Call for Submissions