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Callaloo was founded in 1976 by its current editor, Charles Henry Rowell, when he was teaching at Southern University (Baton Rouge). He originally described the fledgling periodical as a “Black South Journal,” whose function was to serve as a publication outlet for marginalized writers in the racially segregated US American South.
Shortly after Dr. Rowell moved the journal to the University of Kentucky at Lexington in 1977, Callaloo began to publish black writers nationwide. He had transformed Callaloo into an African Diaspora journal by 1986, when the Johns Hopkins University Press became its publisher, after he moved to the University of Virginia (Charlottesville) as Professor of English. After a fifteen-year tenure at Virginia, he moved Callaloo again—this time to Texas A&M University in College Station, where it has remained since 2001. At this point in time, the life of Callaloo—as a forum continuously publishing creative writing, along with visual art and critical texts about literature and culture—is probably the longest in African American literary history.
Callaloo Journal Recognized as a Top Literary Magazine
Callaloo, a journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters based at Texas A&M University, has recently been ranked one of the top 15 literary magazines in the United States by Every Writer’s Resource. Ranked among such periodicals as The New Yorker Magazine, Paris Review, The Atlantic, Ploughshares, andKenyon Review, Callaloo is edited by Dr. Charles Henry Rowell, a professor of English, and published quarterly by the Johns Hopkins University Press in Baltimore, MD.
Callaloo is also highly regarded as a cultural studies journal. It is ranked 65 in US-based cultural studies journals, and in the top 200 international cultural studies journals by the SCImago Journal & Country Rank.
“Callaloo and its various academic and cultural activities are not being ignored by the rest of the world,” says Dr. Charles Rowell, founder and editor of Callaloo. “Texas A&M University’s support of the journal profits the University as a major center for the arts and humanities.”