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Teen Ink Magazine, December 2014 Edition

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Articles from this Issue


Lady of Silence By Tina F., Richmond, Canada
Back Door By Mikki, Philadelphia, PA
Light-Skinned Luck By listeningtostars, Kirkland, WA
Like Drowning By Lilia, El cajon, CA
Seconds By StefC, Short Hills, NJ
Subways By DelaneyK, Glendale, AZ
The Girl in the Tight Tweed Coat By boldtv, San Diego, CA
Buried Alive By Maren G., Faribault, MN
How Mountains Moved By JackieSugarTongue, Kremmling, CO
The Time Traveler By gemma_ryu, Denver, CO

Hot Topics

Community ServicePJ’s for Patients By athenathepixie, Brooklyn, NY
Community ServiceSpreading Holiday Joy By MadiRose, Billings, MT
EnvironmentFracking Impacts By strawberryrooftops, New Cumberland, PA
EnvironmentMysterious Mantas By emcnich, Longmont, CO
HealthBreaking the Stigma By Ericaflooze, Mildura, ZZ
HealthMy New Normal By ThroughButterflyEyes, Pequea, PA
HealthSupport After Sexual Assault By alme3, Double Oak, TX
Letters to the Editor#hashtags By catcat101, Brooklyn, NY
Letters to the EditorDreams By X-WhiteRose-X, Brashear, MO
Letters to the Editorlove letter to my body By Astrid_Smith, Brooklyn, NY
Letters to the EditorMusic Has Made Me Antisocial By MJ_Styles, Phoenix, AZ
Letters to the EditorPity Party By TheNextMrs.UrieMawhahahah, Phoenix, AZ
Pride & PrejudiceAmerican Women By NaomiHallS, Ventura, CA
Pride & PrejudiceHow Tall Are You? By Anonymous, Fairfield, CT
Pride & PrejudiceMy Own Person By Melissa H., West Orange, NJ


Educator of the YearNadia Mobley: English • Newark Charter School By Jacob S., Newark, DE
Educator of the YearPaul Anderson: History • Mundelein High School By Syd99, Mundelein, IL
Educator of the YearSteve Urban: Math • Arrowhead Union High School By kinseymorton22, Hartland, WI
MemoirA Blended-Family Christmas By bizzyzutrau, Chestnut Hill, MA
MemoirAt Home With Animals By Allen H., Andover, MA
MemoirHoliday By GreyGirl, Pohang,Kyungbuk, ZZ
MemoirNew Year’s Eve By bsolich14, Greenwood Village, CO
MemoirReligion with Mr. Sharif By Adam L., San Rafael, CA
MemoirShattered By JillGoldman, Portland, ME
MemoirThe War of the Perfect Tree By Nannette_25, McDonough, GA
MemoirTorturous Frigidity By GennaElissa, Cherry Hill, NJ
MemoirWhat’s in a Name? By amypan, Lilburn, GA
Personal ExperienceBeaches and Brothers By Anonymous, clifton, NJ
Personal ExperienceBut He’s Not White By Caitlin_Marie, Antioch, IL
Personal ExperienceHeart to Heart By GreyGirl, Pohang,Kyungbuk, ZZ
Personal ExperienceLoving Fully with Half a Heart By MargaretEllis, Portland, ME
Personal ExperienceMy Brother By lena23, New York, NY
Personal ExperienceMy Constant Playmate By Jared Z., Albion, NE
Personal ExperienceMy Sisters, the Butterflies By Maya K., Nashville, TN
Personal ExperienceNothing Like Ellen By esherwood5116, Madison, NJ
Personal ExperienceSilent Speech By MemphisBelle, Dickinson, TX
Personal ExperienceThe Man With the Coats By Speaker, Winterport, ME
Personal ExperienceWelcome, Henry By throughhim21, Independence, VA
Travel & CultureCalifornia Bus Trip By luckytwice, Oakland twp., MI
Travel & CultureGood-Bye, Ghana By Vanz17, Sterling, KS
Travel & CultureMy Canada By Anonymous, Ontario, ZZ
Travel & CultureRules for NYC Tourists By cydsacks, New York, NY


I Will Remember By emcnich, Longmont, CO
Understanding White Privilege By Jack.C, Elburn, IL
Death With Dignity By ItsJustJess, Reno, NV


Book ReviewsCaptivate by Carrie Jones By BaneAusten, Stevens Point, WI
Book ReviewsCode Orange by Caroline Cooney By joyaun, Brooklyn, NY
Book ReviewsThe Street Lawyer by John Grisham By Volleyball3r, Troutdale, OR
Movie ReviewsEdge of Tomorrow By JamesAdam, Jeffersonville, IN
Movie ReviewsOz the Great and Powerful By Ailsa, Marietta, GA
Music ReviewsHail to the King by Avenged Sevenfold By TraceHasANewName, Oshkosh, WI
Music ReviewsHypnotic Eye by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers By DreamsForSale, Bedford, IN
Music ReviewsMidnight Memories by One Direction By brillblonde, No, PA
TV show reviewsDevious Maids By Lp0214, Longmeadow, MA
TV show reviewsThe Quest By Caesar123, Union Grove, WI
Video game reviewsBrink By OutrageousTomb1, Florissant, MO
Video game reviewsSmite By RobertM, cleveland, OH
Video game reviewsThe Elder Scrolls Online By Leumer, Greenwood, IN

Art / Photo

"The Perfection of Paradise" By Joya123, Puerto Plata, ZZ
A New Year By LeahC, Burke, VA
A quick Stretch By mbrawner413, Ledyard, CT
As I Wash Away By IbanezGirl, Camp Lejeune, NC
Bliss By mjrrent, castorland, NY
Blow Away By Kay_Kay, Weert Limurg, ZZ
Brighten The Darkness. By BiancaHD, Seattle, WA
Canada By kalicanyounot, Mount Juliet, TN
Carefree By jules107, West Bend, WI
Careful By CapturingShadows, Ardrossan, AB, ZZ
Chinatown After Rain By Eugii, Brooklyn, NY
Christmas Colors By SpottyLepard, Concord, NC
City Clock By FrenchHornGirl, Shreveport, LA
Crying By Kettle121, Tokyo, ZZ
Death in her eye By AlisonWonderland, Ottawa, ZZ
Diverge By EttieGH, Mbabane, ZZ
Falling into October By IrishDreamDancer, fort worth, TX
Flow By eisforeleonore, Eureka, MO
Head in the Clouds, But My Gravity's Centered By ohmyohmaggie, Snohomish, WA
Hijab By LinaA, amman, ZZ
Ice Queen By Qtyler, Rochester, NY
In the Woods By K.Marke, Nipomo, CA
In To The Mist By NathalieParadise, olympia, WA
Kisses of An Angel By izzylitterst123, Randolph, NJ
Landscape Speedpainting By Sadako-xD, Dittmannsdorf, ZZ
Light up the World By neverland44, London, ZZ
Looking into the Mediterranean Sea By KatieCurran, Pocasset, MA
Mojo. By , Kentfield, CA
My Mother's Reverie By irena23, oak park, CA
Over There By Kisila, Oklahoma City, OK
Red Celestial Dragon By MayaS., Mundelein, IL
Seethe By BlueFox, Marietta, GA
Shared Lane By nescaping, Corning, NY
Sleepless By kimAV, GILBERT, AZ
Spider Tree By zadiekatie23, Rio Rancho, NM
Starry Darkness By Ashel_Sethea, Vilonia, AR
Summertime By Joules, North Haven, CT
Sweet Dreams, Angel By mroller, Barneveld, NY
Sweet Meditation By Claudss, Xalapa, ZZ
Tar Lamasery By helloaugust17, Cumberland, RI
The 4th By JessyBarr, Portland, OR
The City of Steel By ObviousBicycle, Westfield, NJ
This Modern Glitch By Ipilato, Bound Brook, NJ
Un Rêve Devenu Réalité. By F.Alicia.Lin, Beijing, ZZ
Witch Doctor By qzfletcher, Saint Paul, MN


Curry Chicken By ivy.m, derby, CT
(Eve) By lkoku, Cherry Hill, NJ
1-800-HOLYINC By Artisanna01, Bedford, NY
A Letter to Icy By Kayla2450, Fort Wayne, IN
about you By Amsterdamsel, Raleigh, NC
and you called it love By theblondechick, kingsport, TN
Big Enough By My_sweet_Emily, Sanford, FL
Black and White By dxiang, Little Rock, AR
Body and Bailey By cosmos4242, Bethel Park, PA
Christina’s World By Dahlia24, Sanibel, FL
Drinks from Misery By ChrisJ, Rochester, NY
Eccentric By AprilNicole, New Castle, IN
Father Says Not to Mind Things I Don’t Understand By Sayuri97, Gilford, NH
floodlit complexion By Juliabelle, Healdsburg, CA
Flow By tcouch4, Woodinville, WA
Fragments By MortalDreamer5, Plainfield, IL
Haul It (Sunday Mornings) By startripping, Livingston, NJ
How to fold a paper crane, 1955: By pagesofnemo, Dallas, TX
I am Sam By Merveille, Fulham, ZZ
I Dreamed This By ktcat, Great Neck, NY
I Exist By elsiechaan, Vancouver, ZZ
I told him By heavyfeet, Austin, TX
I Was Sent to the Principal’s Office By Halle S., Natick, MA
Inevitability By alainahaamir, Lahore, ZZ
Infinitesimal Freedom By lovelifeandwatermelons, Richmond, ZZ
Intellectual Equinox By mariapuertas, Clarkston, MI
Just Be You By TravelerenRoute, Ribera, NM
just because By Clary_Fray, Castro Valley, CA
Just Passing Through By Gabrielleamar, New York, NY
lost and not found By Kathleens2, New City, NY
Magma By Veronica G., Lake Barrington, IL
Matchstick By Jade.I.Am, Fishers, IN
May 3, 2014, Around Midnight By J.Dillinger, South Plainfield, NJ
Men of Snow By electricalmoon, Dallas, TX
Moderate By kayking, Chesnee, SC
moonwind & ambulatory stars By clericus, Byron Center, MI
names By Anonymous, merritt island, FL
necrosis By veganteen, Fair Lawn, NJ
Nightfall's Concerto By Alice D., Ann Arbor, MI
nothing is permanent. By Anonymous, Yorktown Heights, NY
Oceans By sbox128, Sharon, MA
past family portrait By megthepoet, winnipeg, ZZ
pineapple By DancingShadows, Pasadena, CA
poems & star tears By SarahHarmon, Lawrenceville, NJ
Prism By NimiiV, Missouri City, TX
Rancid By Dawnstorm, Vancouver, WA
Reflected By promisemewings, Shrewsbury, MA
Reptile By Clare H., Concord, MA
So OCD By mereCat, Horsham, ZZ
Sometimes By writer98, St. John's, FL
specialize in control By zofiap, Brookline, MA
Sunday Night By SpidersAcrossStars, Hayward, CA
Sunday, Between Morning and Evening By ErinElaine, Saegertown, PA
Teapot By HarmonyWicker, Oakland, CA
The City By therealwilfredbrimley, Midland, MI
The Hanging Tree By Anonymous, 1, PA
The Window Washer By amandakh, Lehighton, PA
Thirst By Jake_A, Gilford, NH
This Is the Narrator Speaking By Mara W., Austin, TX
this year is not unlike the others By nonmagnificent, St. Johns, FL
Time Bomb By LexiM97, Wake Forest, NC
wake up! world By tlee98688, Ridgefield, CT
Wordplay By tribehybridhornets, Waban, MA
You and the World By hale629, gouldsboro, PA
Your Worst Habit Can Kill You By twelvedosesof, Buda, TX
Chapped By dgeileen, Livingston, NJ
Decrease By Ramoneon, Hemet, CA
Love Story By GreyGirl, Pohang,Kyungbuk, ZZ
scapegoat for my own existence By cindictive, Midland, MI

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