By Aly Kirke, TIWP Student Numbers and I used to get along. Aging used to mean presents on birthdays and getting another step closer to having something my older siblings had, but I wasn’t allowed. With each day, I would learn another wonderful thing about the world—like if I held a shell to my ear, […]

Confessions From a Metaphor Addict

By Elizabeth Oxendine, TIWP Student As a writer I often try to identify the metaphors that slip into my stories the most. A good metaphor—one that hides itself amongst the ink smudges and in between the punctuation of every story—is like a fingerprint. It is traceable to you and you alone. The police could catch […]

Here’s What I’m Telling You

By Ellen Jurgens, TIWP Student Sometimes when I’m feeling overwhelmed, I remind myself of the true nature of my reality. I think about the way in which I relate to the Universe, and conversely, how the Universe relates back to me, how everything is relative and can never be understood. Many of us spend our […]

If Only

By Rebecca Gunderson, TIWP Student Only the stumps of trees remain. The ice has vanished; polar bears need a new home. The sky is forever gray, coated in a thick layer of smog. Streets are flooded, houses are burnt to a crisp. It’s hotter than it was last year. The ground is dry and cracked; […]

Senses of the Past

By Emily Branigan, TIWP Student Do you remember the sounds of kids playing outside, dirt on their knees and mother’s pleas to come home before dark? Do you remember plastic-less seas, flooding with everlasting life, the turning and churning of currents pumping through every organisms veins as if it were beating to an infinite drum? […]

Two Worlds

By Rebecca Gunderson, TIWP Student She looked over her shoulder in the dark alley. He strutted through it, a bounce in his step. She sat in the corner of the room. He plopped down front and center. She held her tongue in the heated discussion. He spoke over everyone else. She sat at the restaurant, […]

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 All the times my trust was no longer valid or […]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 […]

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 […]