The Fire

By Anabel Loucks, TIWP student at SiTY The horizon is a red-gray haze that makes me want to run and run until I can’t feel its malevolence anymore. I watch as bits of ash fall through the sky, drifting through the open air hallways. I cough with an inhale of smoky air. My head hurts. […]

The Girl, The Scream, The Pen

By Audrey Lambert, TIWP Student The girl sat on the bench, staring straight ahead, grinding her teeth. She just couldn’t take that goddamned party anymore. She ran her fingers through her hair and adjusted her velvet dress. Why had they forced her to come here? Forced her to wear a dress? Forced her to be […]

Numbers

By Ashley Larson, TIWP Student A​ ​9​ ​year​ ​old​ ​girl​ ​was​ ​sat​ ​down​ ​by​ ​her​ ​grandmother​ ​on​ ​the​ ​blue​ ​satin​ ​couch​ ​as​ ​she slumped​ ​over​ ​in​ ​the​ ​pink​ ​shirt​ ​and​ ​looked​ ​up​ ​with​ ​curiosity.​ ​Grandma​ ​told​ ​her​ ​that​ ​everyone​ ​gets into​ ​habits​ ​and​ ​those​ ​habits​ ​happen​ ​at​ ​ages​ ​you​ ​cannot​ ​control.​ ​Those​ ​are​ ​the​ ​ages […]

The World I Want To Live In

By Izzy Gravano, TIWP Student I want to live in a world where I can cry when I feel sad — no ‘being brave’ to stop the tears from flowing. I want to live in a world where every girl knows she is loved. I want the girl to spin around the sun and back […]

Club Limbo

By Audrey Lambert, TIWP Student The wind whipped my hair as I swayed back and forth, trying not to lose my balance along the rail. The ocean to my left and the freeway to my right created a contrasting song of peace and chaos. The music pumping through my headphones drowned most of the noise […]

Starboy

By Ryann Drue, TIWP Student his only regret was burning all the mirrors, not for him to admire his facade in them but because he felt alone now. he felt comfort at the bottom of a swimming pool, open eyes and closed lungs, holding his breath for the girl that would never do the same […]

Land of Love

By Ryann Drue, TIWP Student his smile and his crooked teeth, his blue eyes and the mystery beneath, has me ever so dazed in the hazed land of love. his lips and his touch remain on my skin, like the sweet tattoos that let me know how he’s been. his laugh and his humor something […]

Ad Astra Per Aspera*

*Latin for “through hardships to the stars” By Neena Grewal, TIWP Student “This is hard,” I say, immediately regretting it. “You think I don’t know that?” She’s angry now. “I told you, if you aren’t ready, then just leave.” “I’m just scared,” I reply, knowing anything I say will only make things worse. “Look, I’m […]

Day

By Scarlett Mosher, TIWP Student Light. Silver. Darkness. The girl’s eyelids fluttered open, filling her pupils with moonlight. Something—she didn’t know what—was tickling her hands. Hands. So that’s what they were called. She didn’t know why these words popped into her head, attaching themselves to what she could see. The tickling sensation was growing stronger […]

My Dog Ate My Homework

By Lucy Terhar, TIWP student “My dog ate my homework,” I lied to my teacher. “You can do better than that,” she replied. I looked at my teacher and said “Fine, here’s what really happened:” It was all finished so I left it on my bed and went out to play outside. When I realized […]