The Other Side

By Caroline Hesby, TIWP Student Once in a while you slip across the screen of my eyes, a quiet figure, your glasses still resting—slightly fallen—on the bridge of your nose, and a toothy smile that little me always sensed something more behind but wasn’t quite sure what. You left quickly, predictably, yet suddenly, before I […]

YES – A Decision Years in the Making

By Maya Petzoldt, TIWP Student “Who do you have a crush on?” No one. I don’t have a crush on anyone. I promise. “Who do you like, Maya?” You, platonically. Are you asking if I love someone? You of course, like a friend, a sibling. “Will you go out with me?” Of course, what’s better […]

Random Thoughts

By Ayumi Nagayama, TIWP Student Oh my gosh, why can’t I draw hands? Why is life so expensive? How do you draw a perfect circle freehand? Who is life so hard? I’m hungry. What if my family dies? Awwww my dogs are cute! Why does my favorite character have to die in literally everything I […]

I Am Water

By Kayli Harley, TIWP Student I was water then, eroding the skin of my face each night and waking up swollen and healed. But I could feel the salt beneath the layers, stinging and humming to be touched by air, to dissolve. I was water then, and I didn’t want to be. My room became […]

Mirror Notes from a Teenage Girl

By Tate Johnson, TIWP Student If your gut says something is wrong, it probably is, and even if it’s not, you won’t regret removing yourself from the situation. Don’t talk shit about people. Remember your relationships change and the girl you and your friends hate right now could be one of your new BFFs in […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]