What is Callosum?
Callosum is a nonprofit community arts organization and magazine based in Oak Park, IL that invites Chicagoland makers and thinkers of all disciplines and skill levels to submit their work and in return, receive personal feedback, online and in print promotional publication, as well as invitation and inclusion within a socially-minded, collaborative and conversation-based arts community. Empowering the community to create, influence, and grow.
What genres are accepted?
Essays, lectures, oral stories, fiction readings, poetry, spoken word, flash fiction, film clips, film talks, musical performances, music talks, dance, dance talks, monologues, staged readings, improv, dramatic scenes, paintings, prints, fashion designs, sculptures, sketches, doodles, 2-D digital art, 3-D animation, comics, drawings, memoir, book arts, zines, collages, 3-D installation, research findings, academic papers, photographs, experiments, rap, live art, live art, jazz improvisation, slideshow, performance art, chants, cooking demonstrations, magic acts, exercise demonstration, product demonstrations, guided meditation, improvised movement, sermons, slideshows, beatbox, performance art of any kind, visual art of any kind, as long as it wants to exist on its own terms, we can look at it. No creative work will ever be refused its space.
Who makes up the staff?
Tony Foley — Founder, Creative Director, and Textual Editor
Tony Foley is a poet, essayist, storyteller, sculptor, 2-D designer, collage artist, and video maker from Honolulu, HI and Oak Park, IL. Tony attended Knox College in Galesburg, IL, where he earned his BA in Creative Writing and worked on both Catch and Cellar Door magazines. His work takes influence from thinkers like Carl Sandburg, D.A. Powell, Garrett Hongo, Pablo Neruda, and Allan Kaprow. His research interests include the effects of history upon the present, the social and economic role of the artist, creativity studies, storytelling, and the position of the periodical in contemporary life. Callosum is his first, large-scale crusade for the advocacy of young artists.
Caleb Awe — Performance Director, Textual Editor
Caleb Awe is a poet, playwright, screenwriter, and an actor raised in Oak Park, IL. Caleb earned his BA from Knox College in both Creative Writing and Theater. Caleb's approach has been deeply influenced by artists such as Charlie Kaufman, Tim Burton, Carl Phillips, Harold Pinter, and Sarah Kane. His work is concerned with issues of group identity, animation and visual aesthetics, the moon, and what the word "alone" means. Caleb hopes to offer a voice to those people who have been dismissed as too young or inexperienced and a chance for them and their work to be taken seriously.
Katie Cole — Events Coordinator
Katie Cole is an event planner, artist manager, entrepreneur, visual artist, and amateur musician from Chicago, IL. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a BA in Music Business Management and a minor in Marketing in 2016. More so than anyone famous, she is inspired by the creative people in her life. In addition to them, she is greatly influenced by Radiohead, The Beatles, Carrie Brownstein, and Amy Poehler to name a few. Most of her work is work involves supporting other artists.
John Cunningham — Music Editor
John Cunningham is a musician, composer, and producer from Oak Park, IL. He graduated with BFA in Jazz Performance at Columbia College of Chicago in 2017. John's work continues to be inspired by artists like Duke Ellington, Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire, George Duke, J. Dilla, and many others. John is concerned with how musicology bridges the distance between cultures, as well as the rituals of music making, and the ethics of music scholarship. John is happy to serve as another set of eyes and ears for the developing work of young artists, and to help lay the foundation for a network for these artists' careers.
Max DeGenova — Cinema Editor
Max DeGenova is a filmmaker, photographer, actor, musician, and Chicago native. He graduated with a BA in Cinema Arts + Sciences and a minor in Stage Acting from Columbia College Chicago in 2016. He has written and directed numerous narrative films as well as music videos and experimental films. His influences include Michel Gondry, Woody Allen, Spike Jonze, Jean-Luc Godard, Charlie Kaufman, Franz Kafka, and Vladimir Nabokov. He believes in honesty at all levels of the creative process and that art, above all else, is an expression of truth. Even if the subject matter is unattractive, if it is truthful it might show people that they are not alone in their struggles, fears, and insecurities throughout life.
Jiaqi Li — Social Media Manager, Visual Editor
Jiaqi Li is a painter, graphic designer and photographer originally from China. Jiaqi is currently living in Chicago after gradated from Knox College in Galesburg, IL with a BA in Studio art, Art History and Business Management. Her influences includes Chinese Calligraphy, Christopher Wool, Agnes Martine, Julie Mehretu, William Eggleston, Frank Stella, Joan Mitchell, Eve Hesse, and the movie, The Monkey King(1964). Jiaqi’s work explores the romanticism and sublimity of 7th century Chinese literature and Taoism philosophy through the study of Chinese characters.
Alek Pedersen — Music Editor
Alek Pedersen is a visual artist and a musician born and raised in Oak Park, IL. Alek finds inspiration, passion, and honest emotion in amateur and, at times, will draw influence from Radiohead, Beirut, Tame Impala, M83, Bonobo, Flume and Mura Masa. His work often deals with topics of biology, psychology, and what technology brings us. Alek enjoys being part of the convergence point for young artists who might never had a chance to meet, giving artists a feeling of purpose, and encouraging artist growth.
Scarlett Reynaud — Development Coordinator and Visual Editor
Scarlett Reynaud is a multimedia visual artist with an emphasis in illustration, print making, and photography. Scarlett was raised in River Forest, IL and is currently living in Chicago. She attended the University of Colorado and earned a degree in both Sociology and Studio Art, and is aspiring to be an art therapist. Her work is greatly influenced by Robert K Merton, Ralph Steadman, Tim Burton, Rachel Ruysch, and Wes Anderson. Scarlett’s work continue to examine and question human behavior and frequently delves into our relationship with nature.