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The Peel Literature & Arts Review works to cultivate creative expression at Appalachian State University by providing outlets for students to express themselves.

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Accepted Spring 2016

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DOSS DOSS DOSS

DOSS DOSS DOSS

I’m just a girl attempting to find her way, always down to hold hands and hug a kitten. I’ll cry if you hand me a kitten. I think most people are inherently good but the world distracts them. I think people should be nicer to each other, always. The mountains are a place of extreme closeness and isolation, simultaneously. I’m not sure why we all ended up here but I’d like to believe there is a reason for it. If you ever see a girl awkwardly stalking a stray cat it is most likely me, feel free to say hi. I don’t understand much about life and the way it works but I think thats okay. Things get real hard but then we all just need to find time to laugh. A life without contrasting disappointment and exhilaration seems utterly pointless to me. I have a complex where I say sorry way too much, for various things that I am not sorry about in the slightest. I’ve got a lot of mystery, thoughtfulness, and emotion inside my mind. I’m really happy with all the new Justin Bieber songs. One of my favorite things to do is say no, it’s one of the most empowering things a woman can do, honestly. I often have conversations, out loud, with myself. If I’m late to something it means I really didn’t want to come. I’m a really nice person but sometimes I don’t have time for things. I once saw someone drop a fresh cone of ice-cream on the sidewalk and I real-life cried for that person. It is my dream for someone to describe me as “raw”, but in truth I’m really soft and pliable. I wish my cat could talk because I think he would have really funny jokes and just be overall really supportive of me. My proudest creation is my tumblr. I only have 15 followers but I honestly like it that way. Personal journals are incredibly important. I don’t like working out so I just have solitary dance parties in my apartment to Sleigh Bells
New Directions: Interview with HannaH Crowell

New Directions: Interview with HannaH Crowell

HannaH Crowell is the new Director of The Smith Gallery. And if you don’t know where that is, it is the lobby of Schafer Center. Besides the “lobby” part the gallery is a very interesting place, which is currently showing an exhibition of of Andy Warhol’s Polaroids titled Andy Warhol: Musing. The show is interesting, large grids, depicting men and women, namely strangers, and some celebrities in various stages of dress; or undress. HannaH Crowell has begun her new position with a bang, and seems uniquely qualified since her first name is perfectly symmetrical. Listed is her education and accolades. Education: -BFA University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Design and Production with a concentration in Scene Design and Lighting Design -Continued education in Museum Exhibition Design at The Corcoran College of Art and Design (but yeah, I did not finish). Honors: -William R. Kenan Fellowship, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2007-2008 *Chosen as the 2007-2008 season Resident Scene Designer Fellow working in residence at the Kennedy Center and locally throughout the Washington DC metro area. -10th International Competitive Exhibition of Scenography and Theatre Architecture, 2007 *Chosen by US national curatorial team to exhibit scenic design of the 2005 production of The Kitchen in the USA PQ 2007 Schools of Scenography Exhibit for University North Carolina School of the Arts. US Exhibit included 23 US schools HannaH has done a lot. She has worked for the Turchin Center for a number of years, mostly to do design and lighting, but also taking over exhibitions management and curatorial endeavors interimly. Her ride up the career ladder before working at Turchin is even more interesting, personally described as “Freelance designing primarily in the performing arts in the DC Metro area for 5 years before migrating to the visual arts, some accomplishments that stand out are designing the layout of the LED decorative lighting plan for the ceiling of the 6th Ave tunnel of the Nashville Music City Center (the first thing I designed that will live longer than me), the scenic backdrop for the Kennedy Center National Honors Awards tribute to Led Zeppelin, being the artistic director for a music video that one a “Best Music Video” Telly Award in 2014, designing the set for a nationally touring production of “Locomotion” based on the book by Jacqueline Woodson that was seen by kids across the country promoting using poetry to discover self and deal with emotional tragedy, and creating an interactive lobby exhibition to celebrate the 100th birthday of Tennessee Williams.” But like most artists and designers there are unrealized dreams, and ideas too huge for the time being… _Kyle Hazard _Zest Director
Fire for Thought

Fire for Thought

Here in Boone we find many people with various interesting and abnormal hobbies and passions. We live in a place that I like to think, cultivates creativity, in many ways and even those who may consider themselves the least creative. In my discovery of this side to my home, happened while I spent my first summer in Boone. I was introduced to the fire spinning group, Inspiral fire Tribe. The Wide variety of props and forms of dance can be referred to as the flow arts. The Boone community flow group and Inspiral fire Tribe practice community involvement, trying to be welcoming to all who are interested in learning this form of artistic expression. Garr Stocker is the leader of Inspiral Fire Tribe, and was passed down to him from the original founder, Casey Houle; who now has a hugely successful professional fire performer group called Incindia. Since this past summer the popularity of Inspiral Fire Tribe has skyrocketed. Practice nights for the tribe quickly turned into performance nights, which are held Wednesday nights on Hippy Hill. For the average audience member on Wednesday night there is an intense experience of the sensory. One of my typical Wednesday nights can be characterized by pulse of electronic music, feeding the build up of energy in my body and mind, warmth on my skin as the prop in front of me is sparked into light, stimulus to my extraverted side as as everyone around me chats, and discusses in awe of what they see, and last but not least the visuals of twirling fire, which is the real reason I come. As the popularity of the group grew the pressure for involvement and professionalism did as well. However the true purpose the fire spinners have for spinning stays concrete. It’s a general consensus that the group finds this practice as very meditative and spiritual. Garr explains this feelings as “Clearing it all out, I guess you could say it’s meditative…[It’s] almost like using the force, the energy around you.” A fellow spinner and leader in the group, Alex Micciche adds, “We need people for that energy.” It is still clear these performers don’t just do it for the attention, but for their own need to creatively express themselves and simply want to share that with the community. _Eva Conrad _Zest Writers :Image by Garr Stocker
An Evening With R.T. Smith

An Evening With R.T. Smith

September 24, Appalachian State’s Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writer’s Series featured renowned poet Rod T. Smith, author of twelve poetry collections and a collection of short stories, an editor, and Southern literary writer. The evening began with a delicious banquet of hors d’oeuvres, during which Smith visited talked with students and professors alike. Later, he gave a reading from selected poems from his different books, including his newest works. He gave accounts of his influences and the backgrounds of his poems, providing rich stories to provide his audience with the context of the poems. Some of these poems included the self-referential exploration of writing “Scribe” and “Doc Watson on the Cicada Concert,” in which he imagines what famous folk musician Doc Watson would have said. At the end of the reading, the Appalachian State Bookstore sold copies of Smith’s books, and he signed them. Before the evening ended, I was privileged to hear stories of his rise to the fame he now holds, and how he enjoys teaching at ASU and at Washington and Lee University. The experience of listening to a great modern Southern poetry enthrall us with rich, detailed stories of the Southern Gothic, with delightfully humorous characters, dark wit, and satire, is one that anyone should want to have, whether one is a writer or not. Smith’s conversational reading style and casual presence is contrasted by complex themes delivered in simple terms that can be understood easily and can provide entertainment and laughter to all readers. All in all, the evening proved to be a fantastic experience—one that will not be easily replicated. _Conor Mize _Zest Writer
//BMC: A High Country Experiment//

//BMC: A High Country Experiment//

// Black Mountain College is an absolutely adorable campus situated near Asheville, North Carolina // Aside from the spectacular mountain views, this place provided students with the best artistic education possible during the 30s and 40s // Arguably // If you don’t know much about BMC // or you do and find it as fascinating as I do // this weekly article will provide insight into its inspiring past // // BMC now has a museum in downtown Asheville // where exhibitions reveal the magic behind the college //Here is the website if you want to check it out, which I highly recommend: http://blackmountaincollege.org/ //A movie featuring BMC, The Longest Ride, came out in April which honestly I only watched because of dreamy Scott Eastwood // Yes, the son of Clint Eastwood // and Clint is a much better actor than his son if we are being honest // // I don’t recommend this movie// In fact parts were incredibly trite and I ended up skipping whole scenes entirely. //My point is: Black Mountain College was heavily featured in the plot line of The Longest Ride// //Ruth, the most dynamic character of the whole movie, described a piece made by a BMC artist, “isn’t it wonderful? Such a personal landscape. It’s so direct and frank and simplified and distorted all at the same time. Don’t you love it?” // //The art in this movie almost makes up for it’s complete lack of originality and absolute terrible acting// //The characters visit BMC // which was only a running college for 24 years // //and are completely enamored with the creativity and innovation they find there // A painting teacher // possibly a representation of Josef Albers says // “Really look at your work to understand it. Say I want to be able to control the accidents. Don’t leave them to fate, or the Lord, or chance. Whatever you want to call it. I teach you to see. Then even an accident will have purpose and direction.”// // Ruth is an avid subscriber to the modernist painting ideas and techniques// she spends her life collecting works from Black Mountain College // // The honest and experiential quality of brushwork speak to her on a personal level // “Over 500 years artists have been reproducing quite literally what they see in front of them and then Kandinsky came and broke all the rules. All of them!” //BMC was home to extreme experimentation// // with not just painting, but prose, poetry, drawing and more. Modernist philosophy was alive and well in our High Country mountains // _Doss Hill _Zest Writer