Asking and Not Receiving

By Ellen Jurgens, TIWP Student He stands on the corner. People speed past him, careful to avoid eye contact. They have what he needs. He waits and waits. Does he feel anger? Is he angry with them or with himself? He holds a cardboard sign across his chest. It shields his heart from piercing stares. […]

Self-Commitment

By Rebecca Gunderson, TIWP Student As the wise and genuine Mister Rogers once said, “You don’t have to do anything sensational for people to love you.” Be who you are and ignore anyone who expresses disapproval of your being. Grand gestures aren’t necessary to keep people in your life, nor should they be the sole […]

Do Pigeons Have Feelings

By Audrey Lambert, TIWP Student Do pigeons have feelings? Or do they just live their life taking food from people and then shit on their windshields. Do pigeons feel love? Or do they just fly solo. Do pigeons communicate? Or do they just make mindless noise. Do you have feelings? Or did you just take […]

Tree Rings

By Elizabeth Oxendine, TIWP Student There was something about the moment when he found the first wrinkle on her forehead that made her find the meaning of the universe. He’d touched it with hesitance, filled with worry that if he didn’t tread softly enough it’d disappear and the significance would fade with it. He’d been […]

Santa Luna

By Cate Foy, TIWP Student Althea is a peculiar girl. She is not peculiar in an objectively bad way, but she is peculiar in the sense that she is an enigma:  puzzling, mysterious, and almost paradoxical. Her pale skin does not match the tan that any other desert inhabitant would develop over the period of ten […]

A Newfound Mantra

By Julia Lima, TIWP Student there was a new voice that kept you company it lingered around the feet that kept you grounded and made you say “yes i am” it swayed beside the hips that kept you untamed and made you say “yes i am” it nestled between the breasts that let you bloom […]

Cola Latte

By Katerina Bonderud, TIWP Student Picture this: You are in a coffee shop trying to study for finals. You have a cup of “coffee” which is actually just a cup of hot chocolate that your are waiting to cool down. Beside it, you have a bag of gummy bears because those are the only sane […]

Searching For Her (An Excerpt)

By Maxine Pollock, TIWP Student The skies opened up as I pulled my jacket tighter around my body. The dim street lights did very little to illuminate my puddle-infested walk home. My straight brown hair was plastered to my face but the downpour persisted. Despite my fifteen years of existence in rainy Vancouver, I had […]

Things To Remember, Going Into Middle School

By Summer Steinert, TIWP Student 1. Don’t take things so seriously. Part of this is to remember to not overthink. I remember going into Middle School, I would overthink so many things about myself and other people. It’s important to sit back and relax and remember that 99% of the things that you worry about […]

Katrina

By Elizabeth Oxendine, TIWP Student She walks down the cobblestone stone street with a crooked smile. The humidity hugs her skin too tightly but, it’s nothing compared to the dress she’s wearing; it steals the breath out of her lungs and gives her nothing back. Black lace fades into the night sky and she wonders […]