I Am A Student

By Katerina Bonderud, TIWP Student I am a student. It seems like school is what makes up my life. And sadly, it really does. I like to think people are doing what their heart desires, and that on weekends they deep dive into their crazy endeavors. But for me, most of the time, I’m doing […]

Feeling Warm Again

By Maxine Pollock, TIWP Student Girls are cold, cold as ice. A group of them is even worse. They make it clear that you are unwanted. They make you feel like being different is the worst thing to be. But you stay. You want to feel wanted and maybe if you just spend a little […]

Freedom

By Maxine Pollock, TIWP Student My dress swished against the tall grass as I ran. The white linen brushed the feathery reeds, each speaking in a brief moment of connection before I was gone. The ground was damp underfoot, my bare feet propelled by the bounce of the earth. My long dress swished over the […]

Elizabeth Bennet

By Zoe Moga, TIWP Student I like to sit in little coffee shops near the grand libraries of the city, re-reading Jane Austen novels filled with protagonists too modern and radical for the time they lived in. I can just imagine Elizabeth Bennet thriving today. Can’t you just see it? I would want to be […]

The Healer

By Kayli Harley, TIWP Student This writing was inspired by the image of the girl on the poster by Jessica Sobagal for the 2017 Women’s March on Washington. She was born with big, curious eyes, that held the world in them. Her small fingers searched through life as it expanded before her, not a single […]

I Sense It

By Kayli Harley, TIWP Student I sense it. The room does not change but everything feels darker. My skin chills, my breath hitches, and my heartbeat quickens. “Hello,” my voice shakes, betraying my false sense of confidence. It does not respond, it only lets out a low, raspy hum that sickens me to my core. […]

Social Anxiety

By Aly Kirke, TIWP Student I go out. Not because I want to, but because I know I should. Within two hours I want to go home. When the sun begins to fall, I try to cling on, to still smile, to still laugh. And I do, but I get tired because each lift of […]

Rolling the Dice

By Maya Petzoldt, TIWP Student “What does it mean to roll the dice?” I questioned out loud, swerving the steering wheel to the right and taking us down an ever creepier road. “How the hell should I know?” Vivian respond, sticking her head out the window again, taking another few shots at the car following and […]

Tomorrow Is Today

By Aly Kirke, TIWP Student Days turn to night. And then they do it again. A rose will bloom, and then it will die, and then another rose will grow. The world will spin today and it will still spin the next. The clock will not stop ticking, and demanding, and controlling. Tomorrow is today, […]

This Is What Her Tombstone Reads

By Kayli Harley, TIWP Student Here is how she died: Her heart beat too fast, for too long, and burst inside her chest. The tears she shed burned her skin, they eroded her away until there was nothing left. Her bones trembled until they cracked, and when her heart burst there was nothing left to […]