About Calypso








Our Mission

Calypso’s mission is to publish books that will endure in both content and form.

We are committed to unearthing literary gems from previous generations, translating foreign writers into English with integrity, and providing a space for talented, new voices.

Our Story

“Speak, Immortal One,
And tell the tale once more in our time.”
—Opening lines of The Odyssey, as translated by Stanley Lombardo (2000)

Calypso Editions is a cooperative, artist-run, 501(c)(3) non-profit press dedicated to publishing quality literary books of poetry and fiction with a global perspective.

Calypso Editions takes its name from the sea nymph in one of literature’s most timeless texts, Homer’s The Odyssey. Calypso, who kept Odysseus captive on his long journey home, embodied youth and immortality.

Calypso is an analogy for the wisdom we find in the company the immortal. At Calypso Editions, we believe that literature is the embodiment of immortality. The enduring nature of great literature is relevant to every generation across every geographical border.

We believe that literature is essential to building an international community of readers and writers and that, in a world of digital saturation, books can serve as physical artifacts of beauty and wonder.

We seek out excellence in literature, across the globe and across the centuries, and present lost and undiscovered works to the modern English-speaking world.

How We Work

Calypso editions is a virtual, cooperative, non-profit press. It is these three components that make us unique.

Virtual Press:
While many presses are based in a specific U.S. city, our members hail from all over the USA: from Fairbanks, Alaska to New York City. In keeping with this idea that geography should not be a hindrance to ideas, Calypso aims to be a national press that reflects the wide array of voices in our world.

Cooperative Model:
Members serve three years with Calypso Editions and conduct given tasks, according to proclivity and previous training. related to running a professional press. Due to our focus on helping authors achieve their vision for their work, we work with our authors to usher their books through the editorial, production, distribution and marketing processes. All Calypso titles are intended to be available in print indefinitely. The press publishes books by both its members and solicited authors.

Non-profit Organization:
A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Calypso Editions’ mission is to bring excellent works of poetry and fiction to American and English-speaking audiences. We seek out literature that is either unknown or underrepresented in the American publishing market. By doing so, we are working toward our mission of bringing exceptional literature to a whole new readership.

Our Crew

Active Members

Anthony Bonds is a book designer and graphic artist. When not writing fiction or working with Calypso, he does freelance book design with Golden Ratio Design. He works as a marketing and design professional in San Diego, California. Contact Anthony at tony@calypsoeditions.org.

Sara Cooper received her M.F.A. in poetry at New Mexico State University. Her writing has appeared in Mid-American Review, BorderSenses, and Puerto del Sol. A chapbook of poems, Mis—, was published in 2014 by Grandma Moses Press. She teaches writing in Houston with Writers in the Schools and at the University of Houston, where she is pursuing a Ph.D.

Robin Davidson is a poet, translator, and Professor of English at the University of Houston- Downtown. She is author of two poem chapbooks, Kneeling in the Dojo (Finishing Line Press) and City That Ripens on the Tree of the World (Calypso Editions), and the full collection, Luminous Other, recipient of The Ashland Poetry Press’s 2012 Richard Snyder Memorial Publication Prize. She is co-translator with Ewa Elżbieta Nowakowska of The New Century: Poems by Ewa Lipska (Northwestern UP), and has received, among other awards, a Fulbright professorship at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków and an NEA translation fellowship. In May 2015 she was named Houston’s second Poet Laureate by Mayor Annise Parker.

Piotr Florczyk is the author of East & West, a volume of poems, Barefoot, a chapbook of poems, as well as Los Angeles Sketchbook, a collection of brief essays and photographs. He has also translated several books of Polish poetry. Piotr and his wife Dena live in Los Angeles. Please visit Piotr at www.piotrflorczyk.com

Breeann Kirby

Erika Lutzner edits Scapegoat Review. She curates Upstairs at Erika’s, a monthly salon in Williamsburg. She is the author of Invisible Girls by dancing girl press and editor of the anthology Some Things Are True That Never Happened. Her latest chapbook Bedtime Stories by dancing girl press will be coming out this fall.

Janel Spencer-Levy is a poet who grew up in Tucson, Arizona. She currently lives in San Diego where she teaches writing at San Diego State University and works for Poetry International. Her work has recently appeared in Hyperion and The San Diego Poetry Annual. www.janelspencer.com

Kevin Wisniewki currently a PhD candidate in the Language, Literacy, and Culture Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He’s earned graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Baltimore and worked as a full-time professor, editor, researcher, archivist, transcriber, graphic artist/designer, and starving artist/musician.  In 2009, he edited an anthology on comedian Dave Chappelle, The Comedy of Dave Chappelle: Critical Essays. And, in 2014, he was elected Managing Editor of Roving Eye Press, by a collective of artists and scholars re-issuing the works of the poet-publisher-impresario-writer in every imaginable genre, Bob Brown.

Martin Woodside is involved with content production, finances, and development for Calypso Editions. He’s published a chapbook of poetry, Stationary Landscapes (Pudding House Press) in 2009, and a full-length collection, This River Goes Two Ways, in 2015 (WordTech). He spent 2009-10 on a Fulbright in Romania studying Romanian poetry and has published two books of Romanian poetry in translation.  Currently, Martin lives with his family in Philadelphia. Visit Martin at www.martinwoodside.com and contact him at martin@calypsoeditions.org.

Contributing Members

Derick Burleson

Elizabeth Myhr