About Us!

The Peel Literature and Arts Review is Appalachian State University's student-run literary arts publication that is produced thrice a year. An online edition is released at the end of fall, while both an online and print edition are released at the end of spring semester. The print edition features the highest scoring student works from both online editions of the academic year. Student submissions are reviewed and scored by one of our three critique committees (art, poetry or prose), with the authors or artists remaining anonymous. All work is then accepted or rejected based upon the committee's scores.
The Peel is committed to nurturing and celebrating our university's vibrant, active and creative community. We strongly believe that Appalachian students deserve an outlet and showcase for their creative expression. We invite you to join The Peel Literature and Arts Review as we continue to learn, grow, and foster the Appalachian creative atmosphere by publishing quality content in an accessible medium.


Editorial Board

Olivia Wilkes - Editor-in-Chief

Olivia Wilkes is a junior majoring in The Peel submission solicitation. She only befriends or talks to people who submit to The Peel. She’s super duper cool, so be her friend and submit to The Peel!

Caitlin Thomas- Art Editor

From a smaller than small little place called Belews Creek NC sprouted this gal Caitlin Thomas. Caitlin has a secret passion for roller-skating (four wheels only, old school style,) and has no idea where she wants to end up in life, besides happy. Caitlin is a junior working on completing her major in art management, with a general business minor. After twiddling her time away freshman and sophomore year of college she’s happy to be involved in something so fulfilling as The Peel.

Kelsey Woodford - Public Relations

Kelsey Woodford is a junior public relations major from Charlotte, North Carolina. She loves long walks on the beach, baking cookies, reading, her dog Happy and working for The Peel. In the future she hopes to graduate from Appalachian State University, own a corgi and travel the world.

Corwin Harrell - Print Designer

"For me, design is like choosing what I’m going to wear for the day - only much more complicated and not really the same at all."
— Robynne Raye

Corwin Harrell is a pretty dope designer. His design is so clean that you could eat off it. When he is not designing, he loves playing soccer, browsing design blogs for inspiration, and listening to good folk and indie music. In the future he hopes to move to the Pacific Islands, or somewhere just as secluded and interesting to start an inspiring design career.

Melissa Shields - Web Designer

Growing up, art was always her passion; experiencing and learning new ideas and techniques is what she strives for. Currently, she's a senior graphic design major at Appalachian State University trying to survive the winters. Communicating messages through art is how she defines graphic design, and she notices its influence everywhere from cave paintings to contemporary advertisements. Becoming a part of the design community and significantly helping express ideas through art is a goal of hers that she's continuing to work toward as she continues her studies.

Sallie Oliver - Associate Editor

As an avid banjo player, soccer lover, and aspiring artist, Sallie has been through an array of diverse experiences, which culminate themselves into her passion for the arts. After starting an art and music festival in her hometown Winston-Salem, she realized her desire to be involved in arts management. She loves to travel, see concerts, go on hikes, and of course take long moonlit walks on the beach. Check out her work at www.sallieoliver.com.

Mark Kenna - Poetry Editor

I sleep in and I enjoy a feast,
but most of all,
it is poetry that I like to critique.

Jason McLaughlin - Prose Editor

Some years ago, a handful of quantum fluctuations produced—as quantum fluctuations tend to do—matter and anti-matter pairs. For some reason, all the anti-matter particles were annihilated, and the matter stuck around. This is often referred to as “the big bang” (and once as “generally a bad idea”). Fast forward a bit. Some of this matter learned how to make babies, and some became mushrooms, and some became sponges, and some became fish. Some of this fish-matter decided to walk and make milk and learned to hide from other fish-matter that decided to grow enormous teeth. One of their descendants is now a dashingly handsome and remarkably talented lump of matter that was put together in Florida and is currently a creative writing senior at Appalachian State University. He also works for The Peel. Sometimes.

Faculty Advisers

Prose Committee


Poetry Committee


Art Committee