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Teen Ink Magazine, September 2012 Edition

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Articles from this Issue


A Brief Political History By HAL9000, Springfield, MA
Pirate of Memories By Emma.Schmidtke, Plymouth, MN
Shouldn't Throw Stones By Johnathan E., Cheshire, CT
The Silent Wound By AWScienceGeek, Los Gatos, CA
First Day Back By AsIAm, Somewhere, NC
It's Our Time By purplemango, Ann Arbor, MI
Looking Back By ValxP, Holmdel, NJ
The Price Of Painted Toenails By i_am_so_very_large_and_towering, Mililani, HI

Hot Topics

BullyingAdolescence Won’t Last Forever By Anthony D., Bronxville, NY
BullyingCause and Effect By wannaipod896, Philadelphia, PA
BullyingDrown By Firetip, Eagan, MN
BullyingFixing the Problem By grsandler, Lake Oswego, OR
BullyingThanks, Nathan By Lamisa C., Eagan, MN
BullyingThe New Bullying Landscape By madelynclaire, Covington, LA, LA
BullyingThe Subtle and Obvious Forms of Bullying By middleeastjunkie, Washington, DC
BullyingThe Worst Thing About Bullying By Rachel C., Brookyln, NY
BullyingTolerance of Abuse By Karenmm, Houston, TX
BullyingToxic Friendship By alwayssunshine, Charlotte, NC
BullyingYour Violence By Hannah P., Sandy, UT
Community ServiceMaking School Safe for LGBT Teens By Amelia_R-F, San Francisco, CA
Community ServiceThe Boy from Kathmandu By melissayoyo, Sharon, MA
HealthThis I Promise By Anonymous, Chapel Hill, NC
Letters to the EditorBegging for Feedback By pandagirl312, Leawood, KS
Letters to the EditorGetting Published By lilworkerbeee, thornwood, NY
Letters to the EditorStep Out of Your Isolation Zone By Bernard S., Brooklyn, NY
Letters to the EditorWhere Are the Boy Writers? By maizyiscrazy, Washington, DC
Pride & PrejudiceDangerous Discrimination By Anonymous, Lyman, ME
Pride & PrejudiceGender Politics By Kelly P., Palo Alto, CA
Pride & PrejudiceNot-So-Silent Majority By dancer13, Troy, MI
What MattersA Failing College By xNicolettee, Hewitt, NJ


AcademicDemocracy Fallen By Trevor_Eakes, Dupont, WA
MemoirLunacy By Tom_Costello, Hastings on Hudson, NY
MemoirMy Grandfather By Shreya R., Gurgaon, India
MemoirThings I’ll Tell My Daughter Someday By MisfitableGrae, Franklin,, TN
Personal ExperienceAnd We All Fall Down By Jennifer C., Summerfield, NC
Personal ExperienceBe a Man By Anonymous, Manhattan Beach, CA
Personal ExperienceDiary of a Hoarder’s Kid By Anonymous, Bolivar, MO
Personal ExperienceGrams and Tonic By t.roberson12, Prospect Heights, IL
Personal ExperiencePicture This By JRsingersongwriter, HB, CA
Personal ExperienceThe Big Day By Amanda58470, Woodstock, GA
Personal ExperienceThe Quiz By Anonymous, Shongaloo, LA
SportsI Have a Putter Named Jesus By KirstenOrtez, Reno, NV
SportsOn the Right Track By Edward L., Ozone Park, NY
SportsSwish By Abilks, Oshkosh, WI
Travel & CultureNYC Dreams By llamasarecool, Brooklyn, NY
Travel & CultureSummer in Finland By nazevedo, La Jolla, CA
Travel & CultureTo the Home-Owner’s Association By LessonOfTheMoth, Denver, CO


Invisible Children By Aiden C., Verona, WI
Water Privatization By Peter S., Tempe, AZ
Wringing Out Media Bias By Franco M., Fair Lawn, NJ
The Tragedy of Horror By Bryce1231, Cannon Falls, MN
Women Who Rock By sometimes, West Windsor, NJ


Book ReviewsA Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah By slash.mustaine, Littleton, CO
Book ReviewsBoy Meets Boy by David Levithan By Madison G., Hollywood, FL
Book ReviewsDo Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick By Silencewillfall, Blacksburg, VA
Book ReviewsJohn Adams by David McCullough By Weatherby76, Newtown, PA
Book ReviewsThe Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri By nerdgirl999, New York, NY
Book ReviewsTithe by Holly Black By avalancheLily, Federal Way, WA
Movie ReviewsBrave By MadameElizabeth, Roseville, CA
Movie ReviewsBully By kristinaleiter, Miami Beach, FL
Movie ReviewsPrometheus By keeperkeeper, Long Beach, CA
Movie ReviewsSnow White and the Huntsman By beautifulspirit, Alpharetta, GA
Movie ReviewsThe Amazing Spider-Man By Jeresur, Ashburn, VA
Movie ReviewsThe Avengers By HZhang, Cortland, NY
Movie ReviewsThe Hunger Games By JessicaQ, North Vancouver, British Columbia, ZZ
Music ReviewsBlunderbuss by Jack White By jamiecouey, Stockbridge, GA
Music ReviewsButterfly Decadence by 1000 Funerals By Jayfatha, Romeoville, IL
Music ReviewsTeenage Dream: The Complete Confection by Katy Perry By princeofsparx, Manhattan, NY
Music ReviewsThe Doors by The Doors By _taylo, Wethersfield, CT
TV show reviewsThe Office By Alex G., Wykoff, NJ

Art / Photo

Hope By jessitaylor9671, East Bernard, TX
Alaskan Kids By Ellyn-Cross, Juneau, AK
Barnegat lighthouse By , Metuchen, NJ
Beach Bum By Kate_Fussell, Greensboro, NC
Beauty is in the eye By fentyovo, Potton, ZZ
Book Nook By ael429, Waterford, MI
BURANO By , Woodland Hills, CA
Canada By llamalover, Bellingham, WA
Carly In the woods By CapturedByCiara, Ferrum, VA
Cyberbully's Hold By Magiicat, Galesburg, IL
Dance in nature By , Portsmouth, RI
Dementophobia By , Zealandia, ZZ
Fierce Eyes By Alexander_Lee, Winfield, AL
Freedom By EmilyHenderson, Nashua, NH
Friendship By MissMeggie, Colorado Springs, CO
Give Wings and Soar By , Lacombe, ZZ
Gracie By Wanderingwriter, St.Martiville, LA
Guitar By CaseyTakesPhotos, Jonesboro, AR
hatching By kimmii, Philadelphia, PA
Honu By dundee, Kailua, HI
Hoops! By ViralGirl, Springfield, MA
i know that they could break my bones but i prefer your sticks and stones By mynameisgrace, Malden, MA
Imagine By Donto, Brampton, ZZ
In Search By smilefever, Boulder, CO
Love Oft Forgot By kesher, Singapore, ZZ
Math Nerd By goalee52, Cherry Hill, NJ
May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor By ViralGirl, Springfield, MA
Meditation By JazzyB, Syracuse, NY
Musical Sunset By Kebby, Bartlesville, OK
Outer Banks Sunset By MysticGirl, Greensboro, NC
Pool daze By KaylaKewlKat93, Burlington, NC
Puddle By AKwritten, Anchorage, AK
Purple Monster By nomvegannom, Schuylerville, NY
Self-Portrait By NeverMind, Moundsview, MN
Silent By SchWag, sCREWSTTOONN(:, TX
Spilled By Odessa_Sterling00, belton, MO
Stand Up Against Bullying By Jessica13, houston, TX
stress By evanmischelle, Brooklyn, NY
Summer's Colors By tamchiderochi, Pasay,
Sunday Morning By kipper, Westwood, MA
Sunshine By LinaA, worcester, MA
Suzannah By , Newnan, GA
Throw em' up. By LingLing, Radcliff, KY
Times Square By JacquelineTucci, Cambridge, ZZ
We Fall Bad By EllenaPfeffer, North Oaks, MN
Y.E.C. By Devri, Chesterfield, MO


A Cold By Rose R., Homewood, IL
An Ode to my Sweatpants By Sparkles96, Grants Pass, OR
Black Birds By Alli_Catz7, La Quinta, CA
Happy By nimuengale, Carbondale, IL
Just One Word By Jokorium, Union Gap, WA
No Returns By Jonathon M., Marked Tree, AR
On The Phone By MiaMazzaferro, Springfield, MA
Songbird By cmgia, Avondale, AZ
Stingray By AnnonymousGirl, Solon, OH
In 1917 By HZhang, Cortland, NY
The Lady of the Library By Alexkonradi, SAN ANTONIO, TX
1:50, tuesday morning By Tom_Costello, Hastings on Hudson, NY
Acorn Children By LucieLacey, Saint Paul, MN
Any Other Name... By Purplei96, Johns Creek, GA
Atonement By tylergoss, Cape Coral, FL
Biography of Nameless Hearts By HisPurePrincess, Flemington, NJ
Black Flowers By twostarz101, Jackson Heights, NY
Chill Out, Theres Only You By BrittDawn, Winnipeg, ZZ
Colors Fade By Courtney L., Gilford, NH
Dehydration By Hailstorm13, Waukesha, WI
Dinner Is Served By Kubby, Ames, IA
Dreaming in Poetry By theintrovertmonologues, Pittsford, NY
English Class By StarlitSunrise, Clemmons, NC
Falling Leaves By Kate878, West Windsor, NJ
Fresh Rain By Juliette K., Doylestown, PA
Galactic Avian Annoyances By maryryan, Stafford, VA
Garden of Distinction By abigailaaden, Topsfield, MA
Gazelle By Laura17, Chapel Hill, NC
Grenades By AudreyM, Delaware, OH
Iron Waves By TheArchitect, Madison, WI
Kamikaze By Annalee13, Suwanee, GA
Laced-Unlaced By Anonymous, lincoln, IL
Liquid Happiness By Anny_Grace, Centennial, CO
Losing By centuriesofjune, -, MD
My Dreams Won't Let Me Forget By Lizla, Shelter Island, NY
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder By jackolantern, West Lafayette, IN
One to leave behind By Kiyoko, Knoxville, TN
One-Liner By Kirstin995, Baldwinsville, NY
Piano By dr0pz0fjupit3r, East Amherst, NY
Please, For Me By jeseer, Auburntown, TN
Poem To My 12-Year-Old Self By WickedNight, brookville, OH
Prometheus, Prometheus By M_IML, Ganei Tikva, ZZ
QBG (Quirky Black Girls/Guys) By iwasateenagefaery, Charlotte, NC
Race of the Tide By MaddieWo, Marstons Mills, MA
Risotto By garthgirl8888, Long Beach, CA
September By ChelleLynn, Cold Spring, NY
Seventy By Afanen, Santa Rosa, CA
silver sliver [j.l] By AbstractFragment, Dalmatia,, PA
Six Perspectives of an Eating Disorder By Anonymous, Glendale, AZ
sleep By benbo99, Loveland, OH
Slices By sadedamola, Norwell, MA
Stormy Weather By Clare G., Avenel, NJ
Street Music By Anonymous, Grand Rapids, MI
Summer Days By Rachel W., Columbus, OH
Sweet July By josie.kime, Pittsburgh, PA
The Bus By J-punzle27, Scottsburg, IN
The Calm After a Storm By MaggieElaine, Los Alamos, CA
the giver By MyApocalyptic, Kasilof, AK
The Moon Top By Uglification, Catonsville, MD
The Never-Ending Pain of Bulimia By lvnglfe1593, everett, WA
The Songs We Sing By thegreatinquiry, Knoxville, TN
The Sound of War By lreeves, BALTIMORE, MD
The Symphony of the Night By hbrhr, Granville, OH
The Wilted Flower By MissyMay49, Kings Park, NY
Things Lost By Irenie, Pohang,Kyungbuk, ZZ
Today is My Turn By RosieB., Torrance, CA
Twirler By PoeticTwirler, Wantagh, NY
Unfinished By SaskiaBlu, Oakland, CA
Violets By IAmNotAnnie, Taguig, ZZ
Why I Read By Susannah B., Silver Spring, MD
Woven in Gold By pochunk, Pewaukee, WI
Your Smile By Gabrielle R., Chalfont, PA
Autumn By Anonymous, Inverness, IL
Little Haiku By pandagirl312, Leawood, KS
Sunrise By 73582flightlessbird, paramount, CA
I Won't By iCheeto, Cape Coral, FL

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