Thoughts on Identity


By Noah Orosco I know you’re staring down the fading memories  you see no other way  cause you hate yourself.  You’re one of a kind but you hate your DNA. You’re irreplaceable.  Just breathe in. Breathe out. Take the inner demons  and use them as leverage for a greater purpose. Replace the chains on yourContinue reading “Blackout”

Let Go

By Noah Orosco I spent most of my life behind screensthat I can’t escape cause I live my life without realizing what’s at stake.I pretty much got everything I could ask forbut I feel like I got nothingso I start going backwards in my regretsputting all my time into what I know, thinking I’m awakebut feeling like IContinue reading “Let Go”

Who Am I?

By Sol Dente, TIWP Student I am the ‘prefer not to say’ option on a Google form, the X on a drivers license, the they/thems among the she/hers and he/hims. I am the yellows and blacks and the purples and the whites and pinks and the blues and the greens and the grays. I amContinue reading “Who Am I?”

Yes, I’m Female and Autistic

By Maya Petzoldt, TIWP Student People often ask me what it’s like in my head, and I never tell them the truth, because in all honesty, who would listen? I give people minimum-word answers, answers they expect, like “Weird,” “Crazy-land,” and “Unexplainable.” These satisfy people, because they don’t really want to know, or they wouldContinue reading “Yes, I’m Female and Autistic”

My Manifesto

By Daniel Litwin, TIWP Student What is a manifesto? Throughout history people have taken a stand for what they believe―physically in the form of revolution or protest, or in writing, as in a manifesto ― for good or for ill. Notable historical manifestos include The Declaration of Independence (1776), the Declaration of the Rights of theContinue reading “My Manifesto”

My Identity

By Daniel Litwin, TIWP Student My identity is mixed. Everything about me is mixed. Mixing and being mixed has always been, and always will be in me. For those who don’t know, I am half Filipino, half White. I’ve been aware that my skin was tan since I was little, when I fell and scrapedContinue reading “My Identity”


By Aly Kirke, TIWP Student A man has died.The people choose a side. The streets swarm.Racists unite in uniform. Hands up, don’t shoot!But how will cops keep us under their boot? Buildings burn.The people start to learn. Bullets fire.Flames rise higher. George Floyd, a black man, was killed.The people raise their fists, strong willed.


By Maya Hanck, TIWP College Program “We socialized to respect fear more than our own need for language.” — Audre Lorde From a young age, we are taught to be quiet and cautious, polite and ladylike, and unproblematic and soft-spoken. From a young age, we are ingrained with the notion that we are to fearContinue reading “Respect”

Ocean of Voices

By Caroline Hesby, TIWP Student Sometimes those with the loudest voices have the most empty space in their hearts. They yell and with their shrill screams they pierce your ears until they ring, their ideas laced with selfishness and ignorance.  They wash out the voices that have not been acclimated yet to the battles ofContinue reading “Ocean of Voices”


By Ben Davis, TIWP Student My identity? Well, I don’t really know. I mean I go to a much better school than most, live in a safer neighborhood than most. So I’m more privileged than most, which defines me I suppose. I’m certainly empathetic, sometimes too much at times, but I can’t really feel sympathy.Continue reading “Identity”

Silver Linings

By Sophie Corbett, TIWP Student, College Program Right now we are in the midst of a global pandemic and a war on racial inequality. People are suffering, dying, and angry. However, these challenging times have created an interesting dichotomy. While the world seems to be erupting into chaos, there is also a sense of peaceContinue reading “Silver Linings”

I Can

By Rebecca Gunderson, TIWP Student “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way” -Martin Luther King, Jr. If I cannot make immediate change, I can protest. I can make signs. I can wear a mask. I can march alongside the black community in solidarity. If I cannot takeContinue reading “I Can”


By Maya Hanck, TIWP College Program “Race balls-out toward the extraordinary life that you’ve always dreamed of.” — Sophia Amoruso I’ve never been the type of person who knows exactly what career path she wants to take or even what field she wants to work in. On the contrary, I’ve always known what I don’tContinue reading “Counterfeit”

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