If I Die Before My Sister

By Neena Grewal, TIWP Student If I die before my sister, tell her to paint my coffin. Get her canary yellow, burnt sienna, bloody red, and beg her to cover the black lid in color—so bright it almost seems silly to cry over it. Tell her to paint the ocean we visited, the lavender that […]

The Unknown

By Katerina Bonderud, TIWP Student I broke through the glass which most people call the atmosphere. My bones squished under the power of gravity as I didn’t fall, but was thrown to the earth. I was slapped by the harsh wind that gave no forgiveness. This place was no where near like my planet. My […]

To My Friend On The Other Side

By Neena Grewal, TIWP Student Hello. I’m not really sure how to write a letter, I only learned to write a few minutes ago. Maybe if you told me your name, I could call you that. For now, you’re just person. I’ve seen you for a while, but I’m not sure how long. Years for […]

The Coffee Shop

By Neena Grewal, TIWP Student Have you been to the coffee shop? Hang a left at 3rd and 4th. It’ll be at the end of the block. Enter and witness the wonder that life mocks. An old man sighs, a baby cries. In the corner, lovers kiss. Walk in a little farther And you will […]

1 Man, 2 Men, 3 Men, 4

By Julia Lima, TIWP Student “a slut,” “a whore,” “a prude,” “a bore,” one man, two men, three men, four, sexualization and hate galore. you can’t shame here, you can’t shame there, you can’t shame her anywhere! short skirt, long skirt, no skirt at all, small girl, thin girl, wide girl, tall, on the train, […]

My Perfect World

By Libby Hawkins, TIWP Student Imagine a world where you could walk down the street wearing whatever you want, a world where you could hang out with whoever you wanted, a world where it doesn’t matter if you have what people assume is a “perfect body” or if you have the nicest things, a world […]

A Better World

By Alex Bonardi, TIWP Student The rules, the rights and wrongs and the judgments. All of these things we live by. Without even trying, these things have created a world of perfectionism. Therefore, we live for perfection. We let it control us, let it take us places we never imagined or hoped to find ourselves, […]

#MeToo

By Blaise Harrison, TIWP student at SiTY The story that follows is a work of fiction. The men always thought my smile was blinding. They’d say, “C’mon pretty lady, be happy for me.” And I would. I’d give out my smiles freely and gladly and flash those pearly whites without a care in the world. […]

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. […]