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Mary Sue Koeppel's Papers Relating to Kalliope: A Journal of Women's Literature & Art

Identifier: MS Group 260

Scope and Content

This collection is organized into two major groups. The first part of the collection comprises the Kalliope files, which include correspondence to and from contributors, information about awards, histories of the publication, reviews, documentation from specific issues, event information, and sponsored projects. The bulk of material related to publication of the journal runs from volume 17 no. 2 through volume 26 no. 2. Earlier material is limited. The correspondence files contain letters from well-known authors including E.L. Konigsburg, Marge Piercy, and Elisavietta Ritchie.

Many files pertain to the publicity and publication of the journal as well as special projects, such as the Sponsored Reading Series, and ventures into the creation of children's books. The Sponsored Reading Series brought in a major female writer each year to give a reading and run a workshop. Kalliope published two children's books, New Lit on the Block and Lollipops, Lizards, and Literature. Both publications include poetry, stories, and artwork by children as well as Kalliope authors. Lollipops, Lizards and Literature includes the only publication of Gwendolyn Brooks "I Smile When I See People Coming." There are copies of both works in the collection.

The second group in the collection consists of Mary Sue Koeppel's files. The files include biographical information, correspondence (mainly recognition), manuscripts and other writings, photographs, community involvement, and information on other editorial positions. There are multiple copies of her manuscripts for In the Library of Silences and Between the Bones edited by other authors, including Enid Shomer and Lola Haskins.

In addition to the two major groups of files, the collection also contains video and audio recordings. There are video recordings of the two writers' series "Worth Quoting" and "Writer-to-Writer," and videos of an interview and a poetry reading with Mary Sue Koeppel. The audio recordings include cassette tapes of the program "Kalliope-on-the-Air," which aired on WJCT in Jacksonville. There is a cassette tape of poems published in volume 19 no. 1, "Secrets," recorded for the 25th Anniversary. Other cassette tapes consist of an interview with Koeppel, and an interview with Enid Shomer (microcassette).


  • Creation: 1978-2007



The collection is open for research.

Usage Restrictions

Copyright for many of the writings and other materials in this collection is retained by the journal Kalliope or by the creators. Please consult with Department staff if you wish to publish items from the collection.

Biographical/Historical Note

Kalliope: A Journal of Women's Literature & Art was first published in 1978 under the direction of Elizabeth (Peggy) Friedman and was a publication of Florida Community College at Jacksonville (FCCJ), now Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ). After 10 years of service, Friedman stepped down and Mary Sue Koeppel became editor and served from 1988 through 2005. While in publication, Kalliope received international acclaim, and along with Calyx was one of the most important women's literary journals of the latter part of the 20th century.

Mary Sue Koeppel was a full-time faculty member at FCCJ from 1980 until 2005. She taught English courses as well as Creative Writing. Koeppel's poetry, short stories, book reviews, and articles have appeared in over fifty journals, magazines, and newspapers. She has published writing guides, including Writing Strategies-Plus Collaboration, a text for college students, and Write Your Life, The Memory Catcher. Her poetry books include In the Library of Silences: Poems of Loss, and Between the Bones. Koeppel also interviewed writers for the television programs "Writer-to-Writer" and "Worth Quoting."


2.75 Linear feet (5 boxes)

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This collection contains materials relating to the publication of Kalliope: A Journal of Women's Literature & Art, as well as personal files of Mary Sue Koeppel.


This collection is arranged into three series: "Kalliope Files," "Mary Sue Koeppel Files," and "Audio and Video Recordings." "Kalliope Files" and "Mary Sue Koeppel Files" are arranged alphabetically, while "Audio and Video Recordings" are arranged by format.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated by Mary Sue Koeppel in 2008.

Related Material

A full run of Kalliope is available at the main UF library. Several other libraries also have full or partial sets of the journal, including the University of North Florida, the University of Miami, and Florida State University.

A Guide to Mary Sue Koeppel's Papers Relating to Kalliope: A Journal of Women's Literature & Art
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April 2009
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Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America