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Memories Flow in Our Veins

Working in partnership with Ooligan Press, CALYX, Inc—a nonprofit press founded in 1976 that celebrates the excellence and diversity of women’s art and literature—will publish Memories Flow In Our Veins: Forty Years of Women’s Writing from CALYX, an 40th anniversary anthology of their trailblazing history.

CALYX Journal and CALYX Books are known for being the first to publish the early work of many influential writers such as Sharon Olds, Barbara Kingsolver, Julia Alvarez, Ursula K. LeGuin, Paula Gunn Allen, Olga Broumas, Molly Gloss, Linda Hogan, and over 4,000 more women writers.

CALYX titles have been sold, translated, and produced in foreign languages in over 20 countries. Their authors have received many awards, including Pushcart Prizes, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, the GLCA Fiction Award, the American Book Award, and the Gerbode Award. Additionally, the journal has been the recipient of Oregon Governor’s Arts Award, the Stanley H. Holbrook Award, and American Literary Magazine Awards, among others.

Presenting diversity within women’s art and literature throughout the decades—including work that spans all races, ages, and sexual orientations—this anthology commemorates the press’s groundbreaking legacy.

Current project manager: Hayley Wilson


Riding the Post-Pub Wave (4/28/2016) - Perhaps you’re wondering, now that we’ve successfully launched Memories Flow in Our Veins and tracked its production from start to finish in this blog series, what does the “finish” really look like for an Ooligan Press title? The answer is complex, and it is best answered with another question: when your title is ostensibly finished, . . . Read more »
Happy #BookBirthday! Memories Flow in Our Veins Has Arrived (4/8/2016) - Last week, amidst the flurry of the twelve thousand writers, publishers, and book lovers in attendance at the 2016 AWP Conference in Los Angeles, Memories Flow in Our Veins: Forty Years of Women’s Writing From CALYX made its long-anticipated debut. Those of us on the project team who have been, up until this point, the . . . Read more »
Putting Memories on the Radar (3/4/2016) - A funny thing happens in the period of time between the actual printing and delivery of a book and the book’s true publication date, two events that occur so close together that they could hold hands. You, the publisher, find yourself firmly planted between them with both hands full. Ostensibly, the book is finished: the . . . Read more »
Galleys: The Harbinger of a Book Launch to Come (2/3/2016) - By the time this post undergoes editing, makes the posting calendar, and arrives on the Ooligan Press blog, Memories Flow in Our Veins will have reached a particularly tangible benchmark in the publishing lifecycle: our galleys will have arrived! For many of the folks on the team this term, the arrival of these galleys will . . . Read more »
Please, Ma’am, We Want Some More! Seriously. We’re Great Publishing Multitaskers (12/2/2015) - In just a few weeks, Memories Flow in Our Veins has gone from a raw Word document-manuscript to a very real, very happening book-in-progress. In the last few weeks, the team has balanced a number of projects: we’ve pored over the manuscript in editing; helped to develop evocative, on-point titles for the sections of the . . . Read more »
Memories Has a Manuscript! (10/28/2015) - Nothing heralds the end of summer for a publishing student quite like the delivery of a much-anticipated manuscript from your client right on the eve of the first day of fall term. After a long summer of studying our production schedule and preparing the infrastructure for the projects to come, the team working on Memories . . . Read more »
A Title, A Cover, and the Calm Before the Storm (8/10/2015) - Memories Flow In Our Veins—the project formerly known around Ooligan Press as “The CALYX Anthology”—has been moving, shaking, and making steady progress along the path to publication during Summer 2015. We have a distinguished new title, a hot-off-the-designer’s-desk front cover, and the manuscript due date is just around the corner. In the meantime, we’ve done . . . Read more »
Hitting the Ground Running (5/1/2015) - The pace of the CALYX anthology has been ramping up this term. We have big plans for our book that we hope to see finalized by the end of the school year. Up first, a title! We have been getting more of the manuscript, and we are combing through it to find that certain word/phrase/idea . . . Read more »
Spring Is On The Way—And So Is Our Manuscript! (3/11/2015) - It’s been beautiful here in Portland these past couple weeks, which has been the perfect backdrop to our work on the CALYX anthology. The anthology has been seeing a lot of development this term. For instance, we are now well into drafting author bios, creating a list of author contacts and affiliations, and finalizing the . . . Read more »
Is It Too Early to Start Thinking About Covers? (3/3/2015) - These past couple of weeks we broke up the monotony of combing through the Internet looking for author affiliations because, while those are extremely useful, I don’t want my team to be stuck at their computers for endless hours. “Useful” doesn’t translate to “fun and exciting,” and we’re all still too young in our careers . . . Read more »
Getting into the Fun Stuff (2/4/2015) - This term, the CALYX team is already making a lot of headway. The publicity and launch for this book should be pretty smooth if our marketing research continues the way it has, and while we don’t have a full manuscript yet, at the beginning of the term we received a working list of the authors . . . Read more »
In Memoriam: Margarita Donnelly, Founding Editor of CALYX, Inc. (1/20/2015) - Margarita Donnelly lived her life creating, telling, and publishing stories with a passion reflected in her life’s work as the founder and longtime editor of the feminist literary press CALYX. I only had the opportunity to meet her once before she passed away at the age of 72 on Christmas Eve after deciding to forgo . . . Read more »
The End of One Project, The Continuation of Another. (11/6/2014) - As the editors at CALYX continue to make their selections for the anthology (we now have 3 authors locked in!), here at Ooligan we are finishing up the first draft of our marketing plan. The ideas that we’ve been generating these first few weeks have been very exciting, and we’re all eager to get started . . . Read more »
It’s Never Too Early to Start Marketing (10/23/2014) - Coming into our fourth week of the project, we’ve accomplished a lot of collective brainstorming. The conclusion that we’ve come to is that this is a project that is part of a larger community and conversation, and we want our voice to be heard in that community–and not just for this particular book, of course, . . . Read more »
School’s Back: New Term, New Project. (10/9/2014) - Welcome to the newest project at Ooligan! Even at a press that has published a wide variety of genres and forms, from literary fiction all the way to translated Czech poetry, this newest acquisition is definitely different. Ooligan is excited to be partnering with CALYX, the very well established feminist literary press, to publish their . . . Read more »
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