A Brief History of the Pavan
The literary magazine as it exists today was created in 1948 and has been published under its new title, the Pavan, every year since. The 1949-1952 edition of Saint Peter’s annual catalogue describes the Pavan as “a medium for the creative expression of the students and a means of stimulating student interest in literature and in the arts.”
Throughout the entirety of the Pavan’s duration, the magazine staff has been overseen by a university-appointed moderator.
Scope and Content
The contents of the Pavan have changed significantly since its conception. Early issues from the 1940s and 1950s published poetry as well as academic essays analyzing books, theater, and the social issues of the era. In the late 1960s, the Pavan staff shifted their focus to producing creative rather than academic content. Since then, the Pavan has featured poetry, short stories, essays, photography, illustrations, and digital art.