Six-Word Story

By Katerina Bonderud, TIWP Student Black person, white cops, and bullshit. See human and human, nothing more. Court reversed innocent until proven guilty. Before he walked in, he lost. He was the captain of basketball. He was having fun with friends. Sure, he was a bit loud. Can people not just have fun? No, everyone […]

Depths of The Atlantic

By Maya Petzoldt, TIWP Student Up and down, that’s how it goes. Up and down and all around again. I wished I could do more. But there’s little you can do in the middle of the Atlantic ocean. I would wish for people to come find me, but they don’t. I planned this. I told […]

Fires and Spirits

By Maya Petzoldt, TIWP Student  Fire. My hand is on fire. I should be more worried. This is not a normal occurrence. Yet, I don’t have an ounce of worry, not an ounce of fear. The tips of my fingers are black and burned, but I felt no pain. The fire rests on the tips […]

My Child Self

By Kayli Harley, TIWP Student It’s that feeling again. The one that shakes my bones, quivers my lip, and weighs my heart heavier in my chest. My breath is quicker, my hands tremble, my body aches. I stare at the mirror and look into my eyes. They are so familiar in their pain, glossed over […]

Childhood

By Aly Kirke, TIWP Student I am tiny, but I am huge. My imagination wilder than a beast, my mind as open as the Pacific. The only boundaries I know are how far I can run before I am cheating in the neighborhood game of tag. Endless brilliant possibilities of what might come tomorrow bloom […]

Where Does She Go?

By Dina Varellas, TIWP Women’s Writing Program “Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.” ― Brené Brown Where does she go, […]

Surrender

By Raelyn Kaplan, TIWP Women’s Writing Program Let the demons do their dance. You’ll never know how whole you are until your darkness has a chance to shine. What if the devil inside is divine?

A Blessing for Giving

By Raelyn Kaplan, TIWP Women’s Writing Program May all who’ve harmed be forgiven and may all who’ve forgiven be healed.

A List of Paradoxical Ponderings

By Raelyn Kaplan, TIWP Women’s Writing Program I backpacked alone. solo into the santa cruz redwoods for a single night of solitude. stopping here and there to admire the world through the lens of the forest. pondering as I powered through the towering trees and dark muddy earth beneath my feet. stopping here and there […]

I Want

Thoughts from a 53 year old woman, TIWP Women’s Writing Program I want to figure out my “next” purpose. I want to contribute something. I want to make sure my girls are OK. I want to learn. I want to travel. I want to have fun with my husband. I want our relationship to be […]