Pegasus celebrates 50th year with annual launch party

Sketch of Peggy the Pegasus for the 50th anniversary of Pegasus by Isabella "Izzy" Sauls

Another semester of success is coming to fruition as Pegasus celebrates its 50th anniversary with an annual launch party. The launch is open to the public and will take place at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture’s Peanut Museum on April 27 at 4:00 P.M.

The literary magazine began submissions in the fall, taking anything from art, poetry, prose, to photography. The submission process was open to high school and undergraduate students who are enrolled in Alabama, Florida, Georgia  and South Carolina schools as well as ABAC students, faculty and staff, and alumni. While there are new creatives taking stage in this volume of Pegasus, many submitters were reoccuring as they offered their new works to the editorial team.

Unlike The Stallion, Pegasus operates from a classroom setting over the course of a spring semester. Assistant professor of English Dr. Rachael Price’s Publishing Process students spend sixteen weeks learning the ins and outs of publication while working as a team. Each member is assigned a role, functioning as one of the cogs in one machine.

Writing and Communication student Cassidy Dillard wraps up her senior year as the magazine’s president. Dillard said, “I am so excited for everyone to see what we have been diligently working towards this semester. I believe everyone can find something to identify with and I think that makes this volume truly special.”

Serving as editor-in-chief of Pegasus, student Delaney Garcia sought out a few major themes within the many submissions Pegasus received. Readers can find submissions related to southern lifestyles, adolescence, nature, LGBTQ+ identities, or mental health issues.

Izzy Sauls, the team’s cover designer wanted a deep contrast in comparison to this year’s literary contents. “When I was younger, I had a composition notebook with these silly stickers. It’s where I kept my thoughts and my stories. I wanted to create a feeling of nostalgia for the viewer, something that reminded them of being young,” said Sauls.

The class is more than just a learning experience for the students in it. Pegasus allows individuals a special opportunity to share the work they hold dear. Pegasus-accepted ABAC student Bethany Rentz said, “I’ve never been published in the Pegasus before, so learning that a couple of my submissions were accepted was so exciting for me and meant a lot. Having a creative outlet on campus is so important not just for the sake of creativity but also for allowing students the opportunity to tap into their creative genius and showcase it.”

For the Pegasus team, this is merely the water break before they reach the finish line of finals. Copy editor Elliot Amos said, “It’s been a rough week, even outside classes and finals. I’m looking forward to doing something that doesn’t have a grade tied to it.” Amos’s work is one of the many submissions readers can find in this year’s volume.

There is an excitement for Peggy the Pegasus’s 50th birthday around Tifton as a small break from busy schedules. The Pegasus team invites the public to join them for a free event at the GMA’s Peanut Museum on Thursday, April 27 at 4 p.m. Lend your support as they celebrate their semester of success and the creative genius the literary magazine cultivates.

Delaney is a senior writing and communication major with a passion for photography and design. In her freetime, she can be found playing video games or listening to music. She enjoys meeting new people in the ABAC community and telling their stories.

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