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Who We Are

Our Story

Calliope* is the student literary and art journal of LCC International University. It was founded in 2021 by a student Polina Gracheva and faculty advisor Tracy Haney Finch. The responsibilities of the journal were passed to other faculty advisors and students.

We feature poetry, prose, research, photography, art, graphic design, and much more.

The journal is an extension of the LCC community and provides a platform for current students to showcase their creativity. Calliope aims to foster a positive and

collegial atmosphere for all students.

*Calliope (kə-LY-ə-pee) is the Muse of eloquence and epic poetry in the Greek mythology

Meet The Team


Richard Sowienski
Faculty Advisor

Richard started his writing career in advertising and marketing for a large magazine publishing firm. He then became an editor for a country music and lifestyle magazine. From there he became the parenting and education editor for Better Homes and Gardens, North America’s largest consumer magazine. Richard then began his academic career teaching English and Publishing and editing highly regarded literary journals. At Belmont University, in Nashville, he and his students pioneered a national literary magazine for emerging and established authors. He and his wife Rola live in Nashville when not at LCC.


Edvina Klimaitė

Edvina is studying English Language and Literature with a strong focus on TESOL, translation, and creative writing. Edvina is passionate about promoting creativity and expression through literature. Her goal is to see the continuous growth and development of Calliope journal and to provide a platform for emerging writers to showcase their work.

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