Why They Bloom At Night

By Scarlett Mosher, TIWP Student I haven’t written to her in over a year. And I really should, but the letter sits blank on my desk, and has for months. At this point, it feels like a betrayal to myself to sit down and start writing. Why break my streak and sit among the emotional […]

To All The Boys

By Ryann Drue, TIWP Student I wish I could take back all the times I apologized to all the boys who were never there. All the times their self-indulgence became more victorious than their self-restraint. All the times their selfishness replaced any sense of selflessness. All the times my trust was no longer valid or […]

I Will Not Apologize

By Carmella Roberts, TIWP Student I’m not sorry for sending my food back. I’m not sorry for sitting in “your” seat. I’m not sorry for having an opinion. I’m not sorry that you chose to pack your things and leave. I’m not sorry you don’t get your time, that was your choice. I’m not sorry […]

Just Another Day Avoiding Ritual Sacrifice

By Lizzie Arroyo, TIWP Student Trying to exterminate all Barbie dolls is a good motive, but it’s still murder. I mean, I get it, those dolls are goddamn creepy. Grinning at you with those blinding white teeth and hollow eyes. You could be ritually sacrificed with a machete in front of them and they’d still […]

A Little Reminder

By Ryann Drue, TIWP Student Everything is going to be okay. I promise it will. Your imagination filled with cynical warlocks and murderous beats may reemerge to haunt you, but nothing is impossible. Golden opportunities await you high up in disguised towers. In this story you are not the damsel in distress. I trust you […]

The New Day

By Carmella Roberts, TIWP Student Be you—because you will never be better, more entertaining or more beautiful than you already are! Some days will be better than others. Know that hard times will happen but they will pass. Know you are worth every curiosity and every decision. Take care of you, respect you and love […]

It’s Ourselves

By Katerina Bonderud, TIWP Student It’s that moment. What moment? Well, what moment comes to mind? I am talking about that moment when you realize everything will be okay. It’s when you have clarity in the chaotic roller coaster of life, whether it comes out of nowhere or from a movie that gave you hope, […]


By Lizzie Arroyo, TIWP Student So, I’m supposed to be writing a poem inspired by the poem “Ulysses” about finishing high school and facing new adventures in my life ahead. Each stanza has to start with the first line in that stanza in “Ulysses.” And I’m going to spend most of the next hour babbling […]

Uncontrollable Bliss

By Ellen Jurgens, TIWP Student “The mind I love most must have wild places…and paths threaded with flowers of thought.” — Katherine Mansfield I wish for a mess. A pile of dirty clothes on the ground. A tower of unwashed dishes in the sink. A desk drawer scattered with a rainbow of colored pencils. These […]


By Zoe Moga, TIWP Student He always said I had eyes like the ocean. Sometimes a stormy blue. Other times a light mix of blue and green. That made me smile like crazy. I always loved the ocean, so when he said that… I don’t know, it just made me a happier person. His eyes […]