The California Institute of Arts and Letters (CalArts) is a nonprofit organization for writers, artists, and filmmakers. Through publishing, film screenings, peer support networks, and community events, we seek to create and maintain conversations that matter.

CalArts has three publishing imprints: Black Zinnias - contemporary poetry and poetry in translation. Black Zinnias, annual journal - eclectic mix of new writing including poetry, short stories, interviews, articles, essays, and art. Coimbra Editions - scholarly books in the humanities with an emphasis on literature and art. Pessoa Press - books by members in our writer's cooperative.



We currently have a openings in the following areas: board members, writer's cooperative members, and editor for online journal and blog. Click here for more information.


New Titles

318120-696319-thumbnail.jpgThe Second Issue of Black Zinnias is now available. The journal features an interview with South African poet and journalist, Antjie Krog, author of Country of My Skull, and contains poetry by Antjie Krog, Kathleen Lynch, Brigitte Byrd, Rick Bursky, and others.




318120-827738-thumbnail.jpgKathleen Lynch's new book of poetry, Hinge, is a book about "bacon and eggs, Halloween pumpkins, crabgrass and the crack in the driveway—a world so common, so ordinary, we might not see it at all were if not for the light of her poetry." —Richard Jones, Editor of Poetry East  
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Jeff Munnis' book of poetry, Next to a River, is now available. Jeff grew up in Titusville, Florida next to the Indian River. The orange groves, the beaches, and the natural beauty of Merritt Island are present throughout this series of poems. 
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 Award Winners

The Robert Greer Cohn Prose Poetry Award was given to Carine Topal for "The Favorite Poet, 1888."   Read about this award

The Black Zinnias First Book Award was given to Kathleen Lynch for her book, Hinge.  
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Coming Soon

Black Zinnias

  • The Dazzling Land by Brigitte Byrd has been selected for publication in 2007. Ms. Byrd's manuscript was chosen first from many submissions over the last 12 months. Several other submissions are also being considered.
  • In a City You Will Never Visit by Young Smith has been selected for publication. Smith is a recipient of a James Michener Fellowship in poetry, a Krakow Poetry Seminar Scholarship, and a Donald Barthelme Fellowship for fiction.
  • Black Zinnias No. 3 will be published in the fall of 2007
  • 2008 Black Zinnias First Book Award for a book of poetry

Coimbra Editions


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