Florilegia: A Retrospective of CALYX, A Journal of Art and Literature by Women, 1976-1986

Edited by the CALYX Editorial Collective

Features the work of Julia Alvarez, Frida Kahlo, Barbara Kingsolver, & Ursula K. Le Guin


Florilegia: a culling of flowers, anthologies of writings. Calyx: “the protective covering on the flowerbud. The bud blossoms as the calyx opens and falls away. The flower in all its magnificence becomes the centerpiece of the plant.”

What is trimmed away and kept fresh for the eyes is beautiful, as is this retrospective of work by 96 women artists and writers; a tapestry with images, themes, and styles that highlights the recurring concerns of an era while acclaiming the talents of creative women. A zeitgeist of CALYX Journal’s first decade, Florilegia presents a vision that is challenging, incisive, and life-affirming. Some of the finest literature and art by 96 women published during CALYX Journal’s first decade, including Sharon Olds, Paula Gunn Allen, Julia Alvarez, Olga Broumas, Monica Sjöo, Diane Glancy, Linda Hogan, Frida Kahlo, Barbara Kingsolver, Elizabeth Layton, Ursula K. LeGuin, and Eleanor Wilner.

From the introduction: "Florilegia offers the creative thinking of a female consciousness that in its critical reflection may present an impetus for action, a spark in the darkness lighting a new path. In the work presented interrelationships can be found between patriarchal attitudes toward that which is female and patriarchal attitudes toward mother earth."



“The creative thinking of a female consciousness.”  —Whole Earth Review

"Fine writing by women."  —Women's Review of Books

"CALYX collects its finest writing from the last decade." —USA Today


The CALYX Editorial Collective is the recipient of numerous awards including the Stewart H. Holbrook Award and CCLM Editors' awards.