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Student literary publication receives three national awards

BOONE—The spring 2015 edition of The Peel Literature & Arts Review won three national awards from the AEJMC (Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication) Magazine Division. The awards will be presented Aug. 8 at the annual AEJMC conference, to be held in San Francisco, California.

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In the organization’s 2015 Student Magazine Contest, The Peel won first place for design, third place for editorial and third place for general excellence in the Single Issue of an Ongoing Magazine category.

The Peel is produced and published by a staff of Appalachian State University students, and features works of current students. The mission of the publication is to cultivate and celebrate creative expression.

While judging the Editorial in the Single Issue of an Ongoing Magazine category, Peter Moore, editor of Men’s Health Magazine and Men’s Health iPad edition, said, “There is clearly as much passion expended on the words as there is the photography and artwork, and the result is a strong creative statement.”

Michael Caruso, the judge for design and editor-in-chief of Smithsonian Magazine, said, “You don’t know what you’re doing to see when you turn each page of (The) Peel, you just know that it’s going to be striking and beautiful. The jagged lines of the mosaic on the title page continue through the rest of the magazine and somehow never become predictable. In the hands of this art director, type becomes another element, often appearing in shapes that set off the eclectic illustrations and photography. Every spread is suitable for framing.”

The 2014-15 editorial board members were Hannah Parker, editor-in-chief; Lauren Andersen, associate editor; Sarida “Sam” Scott, designer; Kyle Hazard, visual editor; Emma Carte, prose editor; Lovey Cooper, poetry editor; Dave Dykes, public relations coordinator; and Justin Perry, web manager. The journal staff was advised by Allison Bennett Dyche, assistant director for student media in the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership (CSIL).

“It was an incredible year working for The Peel,” Parker said. “By no means were these awards undeserved, and it’s so exciting to see others supporting what we do as a university.”

The Peel produces two digital issues per year – one in the fall semester and one in the spring semester – and one print issue that features the best work from the fall and spring digital issues.

View the digital issues of The Peel at

The spring print edition was launched May 1 at an exhibition of student work from The Peel at Shear Shakti on King Street, during the First Friday Art Crawl.

For more information about The Peel or to make a donation of money or goods to the publication, contact Allison Bennett Dyche at