The Bench

By Leighton Tanaka, TIWP Student Leaves had fallen on the bitter floor, torn apart and trampled upon, they would not rise again. More dead than alive, withered leaves weakly gripped the trees as the grinding winds attempted to rip them away. Their final struggle before being blown apart from the woods, a last dance with […]

The Smell of Old Leather Books

By Sol Dente, TIWP Student when i was born, the first thing i knew was the smell of old leather books. it permeated the air of my childhood, settled deep into my bones and ran like raindrops down my spine. it was baked into the oxygen in my blood, woven into my hair follicles and […]

A Fragile Truth

By Maya Petzoldt, TIWP Student How fragile do I make my words when I commit them to paper, how lost are my thoughts when I give them voice? The wind does not remember, and the written can burn. All I have said or thought can be and will be lost, not a single thing is […]


By Leighton Tanaka, TIWP Student Blue dawn across cold fingertips. Out the open window,  summer sky through the willow. Eyes wide, hollow spaces. Birds weave. Frail clouds. Slumber is gone. A silent call. Awaken slow. Dragged by the breeze. The calls of the raven, beckonings of the sea. The death of the daylight. Filter through, comes the sun. Touch the skin. Await the call. Before trying, the long day fades away. Words fall […]

If You Steal a Van Full of Cats . . .

By Bryn Van Den Broeck, TIWP Student You work at an animal shelter and you are delivering a van full of cats when you start to feel hungry. You park the van but you forgot to lock the doors. You are about to walk into the restaurant when you hear the van start and drive away. […]

From Eden (for mom)

By Harper McIntyre, TIWP Student We were born with broken legs crying and unable to move we walked on with broken legs keeping our tears in and learning to help ourselves we were born in EdenEden is my home Eden is dying inside me with every sin I commit a reflection of everything Eve could […]

The Invaders

By Anya Parikh, TIWP Student Chapter 1: The Beginning “The invaders are back,” said Wave. “The scrolls say that the Invaders will come back in three days, but, if you can turn off The Lever of Invading you can stop them from invading us. It is a dangerous adventure but, if you can turn it […]

A Sacred Downpour

By Caroline Hesby, TIWP college student I step into the showerwith bricks on my shouldershot and stingingthis cubicle becomes my laboratoryinvisible checklists written on the wallsand years of guilt, memories of madness, visions of a future–all pour out of the showerhead with pressure Once upon a time, we started to praise efficiency before consciousness,and now […]

To Be A Teenage Girl

By Ava Moga, TIWP Student To be a teenage girl is tiring. It’s a constant battle with yourself and others,  a captivating yet strenuous time of self-love and self-hate, trends, and diets galore:  “burn 200 calories in 10 minutes,” “do this workout for instant abs,” “low-cal recipes to lose 10 pounds.” I thought I looked […]

Remember to Stay

By Leighton Tanaka, TIWP Student A cold, hard chair pushed up against me. It was brown but it was covered in the white buzzing glow of the lights. My teacher droned on in front of us, her heels clicking on the linoleum floors as she paced back and forth. Over and over her shoes found […]