If I Die Before My Sister

By Neena Grewal, TIWP Student If I die before my sister, tell her to paint my coffin. Get her canary yellow, burnt sienna, bloody red, and beg her to cover the black lid in color—so bright it almost seems silly to cry over it. Tell her to paint the ocean we visited, the lavender that […]

The Unknown

By Katerina Bonderud, TIWP Student I broke through the glass which most people call the atmosphere. My bones squished under the power of gravity as I didn’t fall, but was thrown to the earth. I was slapped by the harsh wind that gave no forgiveness. This place was no where near like my planet. My […]

To My Friend On The Other Side

By Neena Grewal, TIWP Student Hello. I’m not really sure how to write a letter, I only learned to write a few minutes ago. Maybe if you told me your name, I could call you that. For now, you’re just person. I’ve seen you for a while, but I’m not sure how long. Years for […]

#MeToo

By Blaise Harrison, TIWP student at SiTY The story that follows is a work of fiction. The men always thought my smile was blinding. They’d say, “C’mon pretty lady, be happy for me.” And I would. I’d give out my smiles freely and gladly and flash those pearly whites without a care in the world. […]

The Girl, The Scream, The Pen

By Audrey Lambert, TIWP Student The girl sat on the bench, staring straight ahead, grinding her teeth. She just couldn’t take that goddamned party anymore. She ran her fingers through her hair and adjusted her velvet dress. Why had they forced her to come here? Forced her to wear a dress? Forced her to be […]

Numbers

By Ashley Larson, TIWP Student A​ ​9​ ​year​ ​old​ ​girl​ ​was​ ​sat​ ​down​ ​by​ ​her​ ​grandmother​ ​on​ ​the​ ​blue​ ​satin​ ​couch​ ​as​ ​she slumped​ ​over​ ​in​ ​the​ ​pink​ ​shirt​ ​and​ ​looked​ ​up​ ​with​ ​curiosity.​ ​Grandma​ ​told​ ​her​ ​that​ ​everyone​ ​gets into​ ​habits​ ​and​ ​those​ ​habits​ ​happen​ ​at​ ​ages​ ​you​ ​cannot​ ​control.​ ​Those​ ​are​ ​the​ ​ages […]

Club Limbo

By Audrey Lambert, TIWP Student The wind whipped my hair as I swayed back and forth, trying not to lose my balance along the rail. The ocean to my left and the freeway to my right created a contrasting song of peace and chaos. The music pumping through my headphones drowned most of the noise […]

Ad Astra Per Aspera*

*Latin for “through hardships to the stars” By Neena Grewal, TIWP Student “This is hard,” I say, immediately regretting it. “You think I don’t know that?” She’s angry now. “I told you, if you aren’t ready, then just leave.” “I’m just scared,” I reply, knowing anything I say will only make things worse. “Look, I’m […]

Day

By Scarlett Mosher, TIWP Student Light. Silver. Darkness. The girl’s eyelids fluttered open, filling her pupils with moonlight. Something—she didn’t know what—was tickling her hands. Hands. So that’s what they were called. She didn’t know why these words popped into her head, attaching themselves to what she could see. The tickling sensation was growing stronger […]

My Dog Ate My Homework

By Lucy Terhar, TIWP student “My dog ate my homework,” I lied to my teacher. “You can do better than that,” she replied. I looked at my teacher and said “Fine, here’s what really happened:” It was all finished so I left it on my bed and went out to play outside. When I realized […]