Your Stomach

By Alexia Tzortzis, TIWP Student Does she put butterflies in your stomach? That’s what Momma always asked me. Does she flip your stomach inside out and make your throat close up and you ears turn red? Yes, Momma. Then go for it. Momma, I did. Momma, I went for it. But now, oh, now it […]

What Is Body Confidence?

By Julia Lima, TIWP Student “A cultural fixation on female thinness is not an obsession about female beauty, but an obsession about female obedience.”— Naomi Wolf what is body confidence, really? is it “i am in love with how i look, always and forever”? or is it “ i am in love with some parts […]

Take It Back

By Cate Foy, TIWP Student I wish I could go back and take it away, take away my words from her memories and our truths. Existence is finite. I will end. I beg you miss me as I miss you Feel. I beg you feel as I feel. Lies. I beg I beg I beg […]

Ghost Girl

By Audrey Lambert, TIWP Student “I didn’t mean to,” I said, “I swear I didn’t mean to.” “Oh,” said my older brother sarcastically, “You didn’t MEAN break into the safe in the basement? And you didn’t MEAN to use the cursed two hundred-year-old Ouija board to summon a DEMON into our house? How can you […]

Big Girls Do Cry

By Audrey Lambert, TIWP Student The song ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’ makes me angry. Big girls do cry. Everybody cries, at least, if they’re emotionally mature. And that sounds like a contradiction but healthy people release their emotions. Unhealthy people lock them in. If someone never cries then they’re obviously a sociopath who can’t feel […]

The Traveler

By Alexia Tzortzis, TIWP Student She had been a traveler all her life, never once staying in the same spot for more than a month. As a child, she moved with the coven of witches she and her mother belonged to. Together they roamed the Scottish countryside, scavenging and setting up camp deep in the […]

The End of the World

By Kelly Dissman, TIWP Student The year is 2050. Today I’m going to be the first teen to fly to the moon. I won’t go alone, of course. My dad is an astronaut and he’s been to the moon before, so he will come with me along with 3 other adults. Usually, space ships only […]

Life Can Be Beautiful

By Ryann Drue, TIWP Student Happiness is only relative leaving us damaged and broken. But in those fleeting moments we get to experience the epitome of life: both the laughing and the crying and even just the watching, as life passes by. You cannot have the calm waters without the raging waves. You cannot have […]

Those You Couldn’t Burn

By Alexia Tzortzis, TIWP Student They lived on the outskirts of town, their house a cottage of old wood and large glass windows, snuggled between two towering oaks, ancient trees protectively surrounding the clearing. The towns people called them the witches, an accurate name for the pair of lovebirds who owned a small shop in […]