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“Fall” by Monica Ramos

September 11, 2017 2:50pm | Monica Ramos

It was fall. The leaves were all sorts of yellows, oranges, and reds. I don’t like the cold and I really don’t like walking in it either, but today I don’t mind. It’s a good day and fall is my favorite season. Everyone is seems […]

“The Concert” by Ryan Sheppard

September 11, 2017 2:38pm | Ryan Sheppard

Everyone is scrambling, they are running late. The show starts at 9:00 PM and it’s already 8:40. Nothing is ready. The stage manager is yelling demands and instruction in every direction, I’m surprised he’s not dizzy. Everyone on stage is dressed in all black pants […]

Untitled Vignette by Jack Wynn

September 8, 2017 3:45pm | Jack Wynn

It was winter in the southern mountains, and the world was barely awake when Jimmy and Richard hopped out of the rusty pickup. The drive had been an hour and a half, through Tennessee’s one lane dirt roads. Jimmy had slept while Richard drove, as […]

“Love” by Caittie Harrison

September 8, 2017 3:44pm | Cattie Harrison

Love is a funny thing. It’s the only thing in life that is scary and painful and wild, but yet everyone strives for it. Love is a rollercoaster. A rollercoaster that has fallen off it’s tracks and is flying in whatever direction, at whatever speed […]

“The Man with the Watermelon Hat” by Anonymous

September 8, 2017 3:42pm | Anonymous student

Whenever the man with the watermelon hat heard people cry for help, he knew what he had to do. He would find the same piece of rotting, stinking fruit that he puts on everyday, and squishes it onto his head. Then he finds the glasses […]

“First Day of High School” by MacKenzie Sargent

September 8, 2017 3:40pm | MacKenzie Sargent

I remember the first day of high school ever. I was walking in, overheating because of the sun rays on my skin when I walked to school. It was a beautiful day, not one single cloud in the sky. I remember thinking, why do I […]

“Rapunzel” by Lauren Hildum

April 11, 2017 2:02pm | Lauren Hildum

  Rapunzel’s parents were quite careless when she wasn’t yet born. They had no money, and resorted to robbing food from an old woman’s grocery store every evening, for Rapunzel’s mother suffered from cravings she could not afford during her pregnancy. After many successful robberies, […]

“Summer” by Yanhao Lin

April 7, 2017 12:10pm | Yinhao Lin

Summer The summer was hot, We were thirst for some juicy blood. The smell of ripe mangos passed through our nostril. It was time to feed our thirty stomach.   The garden was greenful, with golden fruits. We climbed over the wall. We were hungry […]

“The Sun Lost” by Yanhao Lin

April 7, 2017 12:09pm | Yanhao Lin

The Sun, lost. Everything is dark, I couldn’t find a form of my spirit. The Sun, lost every little life on the planet. I couldn’t see new lives. The Sun, lost in the dark. Once we had a sun that gives warmth and life to […]

“Found” by Louise Figueiredo

April 7, 2017 12:07pm | Louise Figueiredo

Past the barn, past the warm-ridden apple trees Past the smell of fright, past the shadows of darkness Is the magic to which I have envisioned for so many years That one spot that was never reached but is now touched This place is hard […]

“Innocent” by Brandon Downing

March 22, 2017 12:33pm | Brandon Downing

John O’Leary was in jail, waiting to be transferred to prison. It had been two weeks since his arrest. He tried to downplay the situation and pretend like everything was going to be okay, and that justice was going to be made. Nothing was going […]

“Casinos” by Louise Figueirido

March 21, 2017 4:14pm | Louise Figueirido

My life used to be filled with greatness. I had a beautiful wife, two kids, a house, a good paying job. I had everything I could ever have asked for. This all change the day I went to the local casino with a couple of […]

“Face Paint” by Lauren Hildum

March 21, 2017 4:12pm | Lauren Hildum

I’ve been pacing back and forth in my kitchen for over an hour. Moonlight pours in through the glass doors, the only thing keeping me from tripping over my cat that swarms my feet with concern. I keep rethinking the past few days’ events, trying […]

“Dummy” by Isabel (Danni) Ostrowski

March 20, 2017 12:15pm | Isabel Ostrowski

Of the few women Buford knew, Greyley Bereksohn had to be the most enigmatic. Greyley, a gifted young surgeon, was soft spoken, standoffish and rail thin, and only left her house for the hospital. She was disarmingly beautiful, with two tone hair and dark eyes, […]

“The Telemarketer” by Caleigh Sheehan

March 8, 2017 2:09pm | Caleigh Sheehan

A shrill ring pierced the thick silence of the empty Sunday morning. Jon, a man of 23, particularly lackluster and average in every way, sprinted to the phone with a newborn enthusiasm for life. Something that his high school sweetheart Angelica had never seen before. […]

“Rose Embroidery” by Angel Snitzer

March 8, 2017 1:16pm | Angel Snitzer

“What does this nonsense mean?!” Agent Janice exclaimed as she threw down a stack of papers written in a made-up secret language that were supposed to help solve a murder case. Genius work, she thought to herself, but there has to be some sort of […]

“The Knight” by Yanhao Lin

March 3, 2017 1:22pm | Yanhao Lin

I have been locked up in a room on the island for two years. They said I am the Crown Prince of Doxia family, but they locked me in a room. Although I regained my memories, I just want to be a normal traveler that […]

“Absent Character” by Victoria Gregg

March 2, 2017 2:30pm | Victoria Gregg

  “Jade! Jade!” “What mom?” “Where is Leah? I can’t find her?!” “I don’t know, I thought she was with you.” I look out my window to see if my younger sister was in the backyard. “She’s not in the back mom!” “Where is she!? […]

“Greenhouse” by Caleb Waterwash

February 28, 2017 2:44pm | Caleb Waterwash

Greenhouse   She prefers to be at work over home. She needs to be here over home. Anywhere but home would suffice, but work is the best. It is always so quiet in the greenhouse, in comparison to the shouting and rustling of home. It […]

“Gem Shell” by Zach Vardaris

February 14, 2017 1:24pm | Zach Vardaris

“Welcome, friend.” Welcome indeed. It’s so lonely in here. This crystal prison is a nightmare. A dozen centuries, at least, it’s been here, and it’s housing for about five. And, recently, more obstacles. A ‘pretty’ glass case, and a truly ugly cavern. Why does this […]

“The Detective” by Christian Bort

February 14, 2017 1:08pm | Christian Bort

In the silence of the night, the phone rings in the distance. Funny thing is that I already know what it’s about, it’s time for work. Getting out of bed is a struggle, but there isn’t much of a choice as this point. The call […]

“The Door” by Yanhao Lin

February 14, 2017 1:07pm | Yanhao Lin

It was a strange and stormy night. I looked out the window, saw a man walked into the air, disappeared. A few moments later, he walked out with a small wool bag in hand. Is that gold? Then a little girl ran to the same […]

“When the Curtain Rises” by Lauren Hildum

February 9, 2017 1:07pm | Lauren Hildum

When the Curtain Rises         I sit in my seat in the theater, my eyes fixated on the velvet red curtain that hides the stage. The show will be starting any minute now, and the anticipation is eating away at my focus on anything else. […]

“The Artist” by Anthony Gallagher

February 8, 2017 11:52pm | Anthony Gallagher

The Artist There is a room where nought but a single ray of moonlight pierces through the dark veil of the night through the dusty window above a desk. At this desk sits a man adrift in the tumultuous sea of his mind. He frets […]

“Oasis” by Lauren Hildum

February 2, 2017 10:22pm | Lauren Hildum

Oasis The sun’s rays begin to retreat from the sky, bidding its farewell before the moon arrives. It seems that the days are becoming shorter, like an eye losing its sight with every day that goes by, and one day it will see nothing but […]

“Good Night” by Daniel Cope

February 2, 2017 3:11pm | Daniel Cope

Good Night  Finally home. I’d been working for the past… how long? Nine hours? And seeing as my sleep recently has been patchy at best, I was dead tired. When I got home I immediately tossed my coat on the floor, barely even looking where […]

“Last Second of Life” by Sean Gallagher

February 2, 2017 3:08pm | Sean Gallagher

Last Second of Life His knife penetrated my chest, sealing my fate. I could feel my blood pooling beneath me, quenching the desert sands underneath that called out so desperately for water. I answered its cries. The face before mine contorted into a wretched grin […]

“Deja Vu” by Victoria Gregg

February 1, 2017 2:58pm | Victoria Gregg

July 17th, just a normal day at the beach. It was a lovely day, 80 degrees with a breeze. I sat on the beach with my mom and  best friend Sidney. We watched my sister play in the water with some other little kids. Sidney […]

“Cars” by Elan Dimacchia

February 1, 2017 2:54pm | Elan Dimacchia

“You what!” mom said. “I’m sorry! Who are they? What type of name is Def Leppard?” Only seconds later was the bang. Debris everywhere, tires rolling into the intersection, various pieces of metal flying into the air. I couldn’t stop screaming, and my mom panicking […]

“Music” by Tyler Teel

December 7, 2016 5:47pm | Teel, Tyler

People scurry by Lives too fast too enjoy Music freezes time

“Day Dream” by Tyler Teel

December 7, 2016 5:46pm | Teel, Tyler

Grass grasping my bare feet as I walk down the hill The wind kisses my cheeks as I wind down the path I come to the edge of the high grass and my breath holds itself still Before me is a field blanketed with the […]

“Catching Up” by Stephen Trnavsky

December 5, 2016 6:16pm | Trnavsky, Stephen

Hello again How have you been Hand my that pen And I’ll draw you the queen My friend, have you not seen her She’s like a rose in june You remember the Blur You had it after noon. Come again, my friend Just stop pretending.

“Beauty is Interesting” by Heather Orosz

December 1, 2016 7:42pm | Orosz, Heather

Beauty is interesting Society tends to have certain constrictions The rules and restrictions They tend to sicken Some people who fall into these lines When opening their mouth May not be as appealing sometimes Then you meet someone Who may not be inside that box […]

“Why Are Transgenders So…” by Sam Stone

December 1, 2016 7:40pm | Stone, Sam

Why Are Transgenders So… In a conquest I venture in my doubts. I find some popular searches that lead me from my conquest for surgical answer and to ones of cis people not understanding. The top five answers I get: Sensitive Ugly Pretty Hot Annoying […]

“Flying Free” Liam Riker

December 1, 2016 2:33pm | Riker, Liam

Flying Free – Haiku Flying without care Leaves only follow the wind The wind gives freedom

“The Senators” by Liam Riker

December 1, 2016 2:33pm | Riker, Liam

“The Senators” – Sonnet The Senators scheme behind every scene, Each is a knife awaiting a victim, When together, they become a machine, They don’t see the effect of the dictum. They bicker and fight for months without end, The Senators have no sense of […]

“I Wish” by Briana Lehlbach

December 1, 2016 2:30pm | Lehlbach, Briana

I Wish I don’t want to think of all the hands that have touched you We’re you ever mine if you wanted her this much? A crushing feeling in my chest A worried heart that cannot rest I wish I could make you love me […]

“Unfound” by Caleb Waterwash-Rodriguez

December 1, 2016 2:29pm | Waterwash-Rodriguez, Caleb

Unfound Deep rooted like a tree I felt lost like an island Missing like keys Desperate for dryland Uncertainty and unease Through the door I went No rope around my waist I knew what it meant All I found was a waste Since she is […]

Ode To Life by Caleigh Sheehan

November 29, 2016 3:59pm | Sheehan, Caleigh

“Ode To Life” What joy you bring, Yet what sorrow you shower, Raining down on me every so often, Yet without sorrow and sadness, Would joy mean anything at all? It would be rendered but a meaningless state, It would take the place of numbness, […]

Haiku Poem- Brandon Downing

November 29, 2016 3:58pm | Downing, Brandon

“Smile” The darkness is out But the smile on your face Illuminates night

Two Poems by Louise Figueiredo

November 28, 2016 7:47pm | Figueiredo, Louise

“The Lost Puzzle” Oh, my heart came to a crumble With the pieces scattered all around Each piece was a part of a puzzle The puzzle was all the memories in which were created The memories will never fit into what they used to be […]

“The Return” (Free Verse Poem) by Kyle Darovich

November 18, 2016 7:33pm | Kyle Darovich

I saw someone today; I could have sworn it was you. Soft brown hair and eyes that were bright blue. I knew what I saw couldn’t be true Just wish my mind wasn’t always full of it Memories we once had just keep haunting me […]

“How the Cookie Crumbles” by Anonymous Student

November 1, 2016 5:38pm | Anonymous

In a dark and distant future, a man, his wife, and their son lived under the iron grip of an oppressive government, and inhabited the space above their bakery.  They did not live there: no one lived at that time.  They moved about, had thoughts, […]

God of Hurricanes by Louise Figueiredo

November 1, 2016 12:24pm | Louise Figueiredo

God of Hurricanes He controls the weather of earth. He can make a hurricane happen without humans expecting it. He created tornados out of nowhere. He goes by the name of Adonis. He lives on the top hill next to the god of the light, […]

Fractured Fairy Tale by Max McMillen

October 26, 2016 2:45pm | Max McMillen

Rapunzel and Rampion Once upon a time, there was a wicked man who stole away two daughters from a husband and his wife. The daughters’ names were Rapunzel and Rampion. As they grew up, they became incredibly beautiful. So beautiful and so precious that the […]

“Rose Embroidery” by Max McMillen

September 29, 2016 3:35pm | Max McMillen

Rose Embroidery          She sat at the window, gazing out onto the busy, snowy, city street. On each finger of hers she scratched a bit of nail polish off. Her foot anxiously bounced up and down, up and down, up and down. the clock ticked behind […]

“Max” by Max McMillen

September 29, 2016 3:32pm | Max McMillen

Max      Who is Max? That one, over there, with bright, bright, pink hair?      Yeah, that’s Max.      But deep down, who is Max?      Max is more than pink hair deep down. Max’s soul is colored in gorgeous pinks and blues and purples.      “Max” is not just […]

Character Sketches by Nathan Hokin

September 16, 2016 6:28pm | Nathan Hokin

Character 1: Kyle Kyle is a young man in his early twenties. His background is a traumatic one that can bring a tear to even the driest eyes. His mother was ripped away from him at the age of 11. An unknown man stopped her […]

“Flaws” by Max McMillen

September 16, 2016 4:27pm | Max McMillen

Flaws She was beautiful; she was amazing; she was one of a kind. Why could she not believe it? How was it so hard for her to see? She strived for perfection, in writing and learning, and she needed perfection to get through the day. […]

A Vignette by Heather Orosz

September 13, 2016 11:18pm | Heather Orosz

I need a moment to myself. Bailing out of the room I leave our friends for while taking your car out unsure of where I’m even going. Traveling down these familiar roads I sit where you would usually be. Not so long ago we would […]