By Neena Grewal, TIWP Student Men will fool you and say it is easy to spot a witch by the eyes. Defiant, devilish, dangerous. Lashes brushing their eyelids and pupils shrinking as they freeze their prey, staring every God-fearing citizen in the eye as an equal. It is not easy to find a witch by […]

Empty Rich World

By Julia Lima, TIWP Student in a world full of waterfalls and neon skies and endless fields, why should the toxic words of a teenage puppet be the tyrant of my brain for hours on end? in a world full of fresh orange groves and sacred ancient temples and twinkling stars, why should the standards […]

The Temple I Call My Mirror

By Julia Lima, TIWP Student “i found god in myself & i loved her, i loved her fiercely.” —Ntosake Shange i found god in the stripes that wrapped her skin i found god in the waist that stretched when she laughed i found god in the fingertips that navigated her ship so wildly i found […]

Writing Class

By Maxine Pollock, TIWP Student “A book must be an axe for the frozen sea within us.”—Kafka I choose to ignore the world that is functioning, living, breathing, and growing around me. The news, the people, the school, the work, the sports—all of it. I choose to ignore it, to tell myself it doesn’t matter, […]

The Girl

By Tyler Kaplan, TIWP Student The sun rose, the people awoke, and the day began. The little girl got up and glanced out her window. It was 6:30 and her neighbors were beginning their routines. Billy tossed the paper. Mr. Hover went to check his mail, and the old lady yelled at Billy for throwing […]

The Patrol

By Maxine Pollock, TIWP Student I woke up to a knock on the door and cursed myself for not waking up when my alarm sounded. My heart pounded as I swung my legs out from underneath my covers and raced to my closet. The knock sounded again and I panicked. I wasn’t ready for the […]


By Neena Grewal, TIWP Student I’m dedicating every day to you You outshine the morning sun Stand bright against the evening stars Are more admired than the midnight moon Surely there must have been a time Or a place Or a universe Where I was free to love you As much as you deserve A […]

Asking and Not Receiving

By Ellen Jurgens, TIWP Student He stands on the corner. People speed past him, careful to avoid eye contact. They have what he needs. He waits and waits. Does he feel anger? Is he angry with them or with himself? He holds a cardboard sign across his chest. It shields his heart from piercing stares. […]


By Rebecca Gunderson, TIWP Student As the wise and genuine Mister Rogers once said, “You don’t have to do anything sensational for people to love you.” Be who you are and ignore anyone who expresses disapproval of your being. Grand gestures aren’t necessary to keep people in your life, nor should they be the sole […]

Do Pigeons Have Feelings

By Audrey Lambert, TIWP Student Do pigeons have feelings? Or do they just live their life taking food from people and then shit on their windshields. Do pigeons feel love? Or do they just fly solo. Do pigeons communicate? Or do they just make mindless noise. Do you have feelings? Or did you just take […]