To Give Maturity Words

By Maya Petzoldt, TIWP Student It has not been long since I have grown up, at the very least it hasn’t felt like it. I’ve grown only centimeters in height, but have bounded miles in maturity. And it’s not the maturity of hormones, or responsibility, or emotionally. It’s a maturity in self awareness. It’s knowing […]


*Waldeinsamkeit is a German word for the feeling of peace and connection when you are alone in nature. By Jessy Wallach, TIWP Student There is a difference between being alone and being lonely. Loneliness is truly empty, but aloneness is allowing yourself to fill up the space around you. For example, walking through the park […]

Brave Heart, Maya

By Maya Petzoldt, TIWP Student I click the power button on the side of my phone, feel a moment of relief as I feel the button give way, the sound ring clear, and my phone screen go dark. No longer am I reading a Lord of the Rings fanfiction, not a Hobbit fanfiction, no contemplating […]

Dear Crispin Leigh Smith

By Hazel Smith, TIWP Student i didn’t get to say goodbye. this is what i would’ve said if we could’ve talked one last time. i love you. you are so special to me. your love for your family, your career, your drive, and your positive attitude inspire me every. day. and i’m going to miss […]


By Sarah Hawkins, TIWP Student For the longest time, I saw friendship as a revolving door.Friends come and go, each a holding place for the next.A casual occurrence, like waves in an ocean.An ongoing line, from time to time, place to place, and in every part of my life, new friendships arise pushing away the old. […]

Dear Reader

By Maeve Clinger, TIWP Student Dear reader,  I know. I know how you think about me before giving in to sleep. I know how you tell yourself you will never love anybody other than me. I know how you base your entire existence on me.  I know, and I understand. But I don’t exist. I […]

James Joyce

By Hannah Shagan, TIWP Student One day we went to this wonderful Italian restaurant for my dad’s birthday. It was in Lafayette on a street full of hit-or-miss restaurants and we were going in blind. We walked through their front garden in the settling November dusk. They brought us through a hobbit hole hallway, round […]

The Praying Mantis

By Audrey Lambert, TIWP Alumna On the day before I started my junior year through a computer screen, I watched a praying mantis walk into the ocean. I tried to stop it, but the surf rolled over the top of my barefoot and I watched it get washed away with sand and sea foam. All […]