Social Media

By Libby Hawkins, TIWP Student It’s hard to be positive when social media is portraying how you should look and feel and be. How am I supposed to learn to love myself when all I see are a few types of people and all I am told is that I need to be like them, […]


By Zoe Moga, TIWP Student *Natsukashii originates from the Japanese language (なつかしい) and refers to a kind of idealized nostalgia, dreaming of a perfect time that never was. When I looked up in the stars, I used to see hope. I used to understand that there was more out there. I used to like that […]

Time Can Only Tell

By Katerina Bonderud, TIWP Student What if time told the story? Like the story of how everything plays out. Our mind which runs on a hamster wheel every waking moment of the day… and our lips! Our lips which pop, click, whistle, and sing, form the words that our mind tells us to speak. But […]


By Tenley Thompson, TIWP Student Waking up comes in stages. Time is sandy under her tongue, and the scratchy clock sees only stars reflected in its face in the unplaceable hours when the sky flickers brighter, uncloaked constellations, drowning in moonlight. Cool drafts of not-wind settle over her eyes-nose-mouth like the limestone-granite-slate that stacks the […]

Linear (As If You Have A Say)

By Tenley Thompson, TIWP Student Some people are afraid of being forgotten. They make it so obvious, disguising their uncertainty with loud opinions and passionate everyday missions. No one calls them out on it, because charisma is catching and we all half wish we could play the part with more than our own paper-thin confidence. […]

I’ll Be My Own Flying Buttress

By Tenley Thompson, TIWP Student It’s easier to fall in love with places than people, because places live on, undying. They change, but not as much as people do; the basic foundations are all still the same. Buildings don’t lose their brilliance when they chip and gather musty darkness in the crevices; even when they’re […]

It’s Pretty Insane

By Katerina Bonderud, TIWP Student We live on a flipping huge sphere that spins around itself whilst spinning around a living hell of fire, which is ironically the only reason why this sphere exists. On this sphere of ours, we coexist with every other species. We live on a sphere that shelters and creates life […]


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 […]