By E.C., TIWP Student Why do you do this to yourself: dress nicely for a boy who doesn’t care, ask him how his day was, even though you already know the answer (“Good,” without a “How are you?”), act dumb and pretend you don’t know what a certain phrase means, just so you have an […]

Here You Are

By Jenna Zapalac, Guest Contributor Angry. It’s been a rough day. You’re bursting with emotion, have so many things to say you can’t remember them all. You’re finally alone. Quiet. Peaceful. You feel like screaming, shattering the tranquility of the serene lake and sending a ripple around the world because you have something to say, […]

The Elevator

By Sarah Inouye, TIWP Student They get into the elevator. There is a pause like always—strangers coming in contact with each other for the first time, being forced to talk to each other. They scramble to push the right buttons to their rights floors, bumping hands in a pathetic fashion. One is a middle aged […]

She Was

By Lizzie Odell, TIWP student She was completely whole and yet never fully complete. She was beautiful in an untouchable way, like the man in the moon when a piece of his face is always hidden. I never went looking for her that day that she appeared in my life, as though she was meant […]

Questions Of Her Mirror

By Sophie Bubrick, TIWP student Imagine, imagine waking up each morning to the faceless future of yourself—for all your mirrors have been stripped from their walls in your house. Could you handle having to create your ideal appearance based off of memory—or would you still feel that habitual need to ask your mirror questions from […]

Dreams Smell Like Jasmine

By Charlotte Houston, TIWP Student It’s that time of year again:  the time of wishes. The earth spins and whirls and every year we are thrown back, smack dab in the middle of here— on a suburban street that’s sunbathing in new light. The air is heavy with hope and promise— haven’t you seen the […]


By Sofia Ruiz, TIWP student I hate it when you burn my grasping fingertips. But I love the warmth, and the moment before the sting – I am invincible. I don’t need someone to tell me that I am alright. I don’t need you to comfort me. I got my own back. People warn me that I’m playing […]

Lazy Summer Afternoon

By Veronika Pister, TIWP student Peach tea on a Sunday afternoon wooden porch and crystallized sugar mornings like honey evenings like scotch And every soul in the county knows 11pm is the best time to see the fireflies against the treeline And every kid in the house knows that after church there will be a […]

We Were Made For These Times

By Sophie Bubrick, TIWP student Open your eyes now. Don’t be afraid. The harsh, unforgiving world welcomes you into its unpredictable arms. A baby girl’s soft, button nose pokes out of her white blanket. Her dark, emerald eyes absorb the life emanating from all around her. She will grow up as elegantly as her mother […]

A Girl Like Me

By Izzy Gravano, TIWP student I think about the girl in Texas, or Georgia, or Alabama, sitting in the back of her Latin class, hiding behind her headphones, and her braces, and glasses and frizz. We aren’t that different. But she doesn’t dare put a bumper sticker on her car that would indicate that she […]