By Zoe Moga, TIWP Student Crazy you might say When you see me The way I react when the water drips Or when you talk to your friends over the teacher Only you will understand when your ears buzz everyday When your head hurts from all the noises When you tap your fingers seven times […]


By Ryann Drue, TIWP Student Woman. A word I believe to hold a vast spectrum of dignity and pride. A word that does not stand beside but engulfs the true meaning of what it is to be strong, to be powerful. A word I believe to hold the fierce beauty of a glowing fire. But […]

Metaphors to an Extreme

By Katerina Bonderud, TIWP Student The jar of beans spilled onto the table, scattered all around, just like my thoughts. I thought the jar had cracked, but the box of milk beside it broke the jar’s fall. The milk tipped then spilled, tangling with the beans. And soon after, it dripped off the counter and […]

My Brother

By Audrey Lambert, TIWP Student Be honest with me. Where can I go from here? A girl with no parents loses her brother. A girl with no friends loses everything. I still haven’t cleared out his room. I can’t bring myself to do so. Our apartment is so quiet, so empty. I wouldn’t have admitted […]

I Will Not

By Izzy Gravano, TIWP Student I will not hold on to what doesn’t serve me. I will not give up what I know for sure. I will not whisper my secret into the microphone. I will not stop my clock for your race. I will not pretend to feel insecure. I will not put on […]


By Ryann Drue, TIWP Student It is okay to let go. It is okay to forget. It is okay to move on—because the warm hues of true happiness can only seep through the souls of the free. I was once trapped, held captive by the longing for a rewind button. But I wanted to be […]

Mary’s Question

By Alex Bonardi, TIWP Student “Tell me, what it is you plan to do with your one wild and precious life” —Mary Oliver Not a single person has asked me that question before… which is why it has left me so stumped and confused and lost. All my life, I’ve been told how to act, […]

A Weekend in Pompeii

By Jolan Gero, TIWP Student (This story is based on a game of “Word Collage,” in which students must integrate a series of random words into a single cohesive story.) Bang! The screen of the kitchen door hit hard against the frame. I hurried out into the yard. I saw it in front of me. […]

The Lost Boy

By Alex Bonardi, TIWP Student “You have something to say. Your soul has a story to tell.” —Melodie Ramone You want to apologize. You want to bring back those seventeen lives. You want a chance to explain. But you don’t get to. No one will listen. No one would care. No one will ever see […]


By Alexia Tzortzis, TIWP Student Icarus flew too close to the sun on purpose—and laughed as the wax burned down his back and he plummeted into the ocean. The sun painted everything in shades of gold, and set the feathers around him a flame. There is a certain beauty in setting the world on fire […]