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Teen Ink Magazine, January 2016 Edition

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Articles from this Issue


Flight of the Dragon By egavin, Belmont, MA
A Footstep in 1950 By OnlyWan, Walnut, CA
BK and the Unidentifiable Woman By em.h234, Delaware, OH
Why I Buy Records By BillyPilgrim123, New York, NY
The Train That Runs On Time By writerfluid, West Chester, PA

Hot Topics

Community ServiceIt Starts With Me By reshmijpatel6, Katy, TX
Community ServiceMaybe She’ll Live By SarahCW, South Windsor, CT
Community ServiceTwo Pennies and a Dime By Freedom55, Sacramento, CA
EnvironmentOur Contaminated Food Chain By Courtney20, Johnstown, NY
EnvironmentSwarm of Moths By CorinneTheCow, St-lazare, ZZ
HealthA Blank Slate By Emkaps98, Buffalo Grove, IL
HealthA Lifetime of Abuse By Anonymous, Mechanicsburg, PA
HealthA Painful Lesson By Anna.K, San Francisco, CA
HealthAww Nuts By Anonymous, Wilmington, MA
HealthEmpowering Women, Period. By NSachs, CHICAGO, IL
HealthInside Depression By JJonBroadway, Lake Jackson, TX
HealthLife Without a Part of Myself By Savannahforeverwriting, Platte City, MO
HealthLisp By cry-alone-at-night, olathe, KS
HealthMy Sweet Blood By Tinaterrazas, Chantilly, VA
HealthSummer of the Lion By Anonymous, Germantown, MD
HealthThe American Epidemic By Alyson V., Houston, TX
HealthThe Terminator By Drew17, Clarkston, MI
HealthThe Truth About Eating Disorders By Lara M., Palos Verdes Estates, CA
Letters to the EditorA Tree of Rights: My Childhood in Syria By Zehra13, Brooklyn, NY
Letters to the EditorEducator of the Year By Joanna B., Wilmington, DE
Letters to the EditorRetraction By e.dalg, Boulder, CO
Letters to the EditorShades of Bias By IsaiahTsosie, phoenix, AZ
Letters to the EditorThe Story of Me By sharpened_pencil, Warren, NJ
Letters to the EditorWhy I Don’t Celebrate Christmas By ThePotatoTater, Brooklyn, NY
Pride & PrejudiceBreaking the Binary By Anonymous, Victoria, BC, ZZ


Educator of the YearDennis Donahue, Science • Wilbraham Middle School By HSSeniorGirlPro27, wilbraham, MA
Educator of the YearHeather Smith, Social Studies • Portville Central School By Knitwit, Olean, NY
MemoirMy Best Frenemy By Anonymous, Waterford, MI
MemoirTogether Each Achieves More By JDing55, Ann Arbor, MI
Personal ExperienceHuman Peacocks on a Rainy Day By crosica23, Madison, NJ
Personal ExperienceIf They Gunned Me Down By NickDC, Greensboro, NC
Personal ExperienceIt Changed My Life By SavannahW, Highland Village, TX
Personal ExperienceModern Expression By healys, Cupertino, CA
Personal ExperienceMonument By Ilira, Havertown, PA
Personal ExperiencePeanut Butter or Jelly? By CourtK, Northville, MI
Personal ExperienceWhen School Attacks By sofocarrrot, Marietta, GA
Sportsequip By jkind, Furlong, PA
SportsNot Just Ribbons and Rhinestones By Rhythmic-cookie, Seattle, WA
Travel & CultureA Whiff of Independence By SethTaly, Portland, OR
Travel & CultureHeart of Haiti By MacyM3, Lambertville, MI
Travel & CultureOn the Runway By EmmaBeitzel, Winchester, VA
Travel & CultureUnity and the Ipu By kmyamada, Mililani, HI
Travel & CultureWhere Home Is By Anonymous, Wilmington, MA


Digital Divide By ANGel92, Franklin, WI
Crack Cocaine and the Ghetto By AlstonWatson, New York, NY
Toxic Masculinity: Why Big Boys Don’t Cry By Jade.I.Am, Noblesville, IN


Book ReviewsA Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith By Sapphire9, Santa Rosa, CA
Book ReviewsLife of Pi by Yann Martel By Teenage_Read, Kentville, ZZ
Book ReviewsSophie's World by Jostein Gaarder By Ray--yo, Kathmandu, ZZ
Book ReviewsUnbroken by Laura Hillenbrand By AlaNova, Naperville, IL
Movie ReviewsCapote By Caesar123, Union Grove, WI
Movie ReviewsPalo Alto By izzywizzy, gurnard, Isle of Wight, ZZ
Movie ReviewsThe Peanuts Movie By N.R.Anon, Ayer, MA
Music Reviews"Honeymoon" by Lana Del Rey By vamika_s, Gaborone, ZZ
Music Reviews"Pentatonix" by Pentatonix By L.J.Barnes., Powhatan, VA
Music Reviews"The Epic" by Kamasi Washington By theheavymetalist, Winter Haven, FL

Art / Photo

A Brighter Color By Bygone, East Orange, NJ
A Christmas Serenade By Esterleth, Suwon, ZZ
Artistic By cardiac_arrestme, Delaplaine, AR
Audobus By elizabethccthomas, Orlando, FL
Azure dragon By Her4th, Brunswick, MD
Balance By taliaberns, Aptos, CA
Beating Society By exilymt, Portland, CT
Contemporary Classics Gatsby By SKophelia, Hamburg, PA
Continual Ambush By Lidija, Hoover, AL
Cooper By isabel14, Laguna Beach, CA
Cotopaxi, Ecuador By tontlind, Cumbayá, ZZ
Days In Life By Koko19990, San Diego, CA
Drop the beat By CathyLang, Santa Rosa, CA
Expression By Gabrielleamar, New York, NY
Fast and furious By fajralam, Gujranwala, ZZ
Friends By NathalieParadise, Olympia, WA
going somewhere By Suryam11, Los Angeles, CA
Grasping By totmck, Sparta, NJ
Grassy Sunset By , CFalls, MT
Growth By ForeverLY, Sugar Land, TX
Haitian Sunrise By turn-the-paige312, Bridgeton, NJ
Headache By Eashmoore, Covington, LA
In the rain By , cliffside park, NJ
Just sit and wait By 0425-G, Clarkston, MI
Juxtaposed By benjiwashere, Yukon, OK
Know All - See All By Authentic_Nerd, Los Angeles, CA
Landing By thatblondebeech, Davie, FL
let's go some place else By johannacat, Escondido, CA
Little Hike By Dnel123, Los Angeles, CA
Magic Blue By JudithKirkikis, Cranford, NJ
Mirrors By Sydghor, Valparaiso, IN
Misty Spaces By Christophermus, Chatsworth, CA
Not Afraid, no fear in my eyes By Decipher, Raleigh, NC
Oceana By Alenxia, Eugene, OR
On the Metro By LeahC, Burke, VA
Red Skies, Gentle Waters By Kisila, Oklahoma City, OK
Release By Shalyce, Columbia Falls, MT
Self Portrait By , Ny, NY
Self-actualization By teresawoodcock, Savannah, GA
Shadow Guam sun set By WenHao, tumon, ZZ
Staring Into Space By rachellian, Camarillo, CA
Still Life By amandakh, Lehighton, PA
Strawberry Fields By mreynolds4, Orlando, FL
Stupid Adolescent Spirt By RohanKhan, plano, TX
Sun Storm By KMS96, Centerville, OH
Sweet Disposition By LivGee, Auburn, NH
Timeless By CrichtonPhotoGirl, Palo Alto, CA
Tracks By Milliancole, Portland, OR
under the sea By Mollymia, gales ferry, CT
Vanity By All-Natural-Idjit, Visalia, CA
Venice By gbremer, Carlton, MN


All Good Things By carnivorouscow, clarkston, MI
Scavengers By Cheater, St. Clair Shores, MI
Soldier By Jared S., Congers, NY
(she says) By Athelas, Ashland, OR
5 Ways to Look at Health By Natalieshiyu, Exeter, NH
A Life Hides By Navya, Newmarket, NH
A Poem for My Father's Footsteps By wallisg98, Wayne, PA
A Tree By rhynds, Flushing, MI
Alone By Thomas_Jefferspoon, hartland, WI
Angel By L.A.Wolf, Eagan, MN
Angel By WickedDream, Pune, ZZ
another word for quiet By megthepoet, winnipeg, ZZ
Bones By Anonymous, New York City, NY
Boy in the Bookstore By Bridgeport, Columbus, OH
Boykind By khaliljibran, Jenkintown, PA
Breakfast By IAmADuck-., St.Lazare, ZZ
Can You Hear Me? By FallenCrye, Lancaster, PA
Catching Clouds By robin514, Washington, DC
City Dawn By kalopcia, London, ZZ
Crown of Thorns By ShineOn, Sandy Hook, CT
Dear You By Anonymous, Staten Island, NY
Dignity By randompanda18, Irvington, NY
do you By SkySkipper, Park City, KY
Finish Line By mermaids.dream.too, Jacksonville, FL
Following the Slumber By SirRusky, Al-Jubail, ZZ
Frostbite By abbylou432, San Francisco, CA
Hephaestus's Volcano By melissa7110, South Plainfield, NJ
Here and Now By AleMarquez, Monterrey, ZZ
Hollow By xziax, Simi Valley, CA
Homage to My Nose By NLodhi, Jubail, ZZ
Humans By chessi.maria, Brooksville, ME
I Won't Touch By vamika_s, Gaborone, ZZ
I'm Not Sure How To Say This By LucyK, Greenwich, CT
Imprisoned By 21Emily99, Huntington, WV
Invisible Man Poem By R.K.Gaston, Washington, DC
Is that the Roof or the Ceiling? By Major_Major, Jubail Industrial City, ZZ
january first By Anonymous, Washington, DC
Life Walk By blake_ellison9, Royal Oak, MI
Memories of my Brother VII By mereCat, Horsham, ZZ
My Body is the Body of Music By writer-violist, Jenks, OK
Night Sky By Jack123321, Hartland, WI
Night Walks By KittyKat1419, Durham, NH
Observations from Afar By Nadia.A, North Vancouver, ZZ
Omnipotence By snappysnackshack, Pewaukee, WI
On and On and On By JocelynV, LIttleton, CO
Pearls By L.J.Barnes., Powhatan, VA
Quiet Nights By GraceBrodeen, Jacksonville, FL
Red-Hot Winter By 11Faru, Middleburgh, NY
Scared of By irenefg, Houston, TX
Scars By SofiaMiller, Wauwatosa, WI
Tangled By taylorh, Plantation, FL
Tangles By Inkwelldone, Brooklyn, NY
The Artist By shawna22, Sussex, WI
The Collection By Maya C., Boulder, CO
The Freedom of Drawing By kathleen4971, Marlborough, MA
The Gates to Nihil By ManOfManyMiles, Prosser, WA
The Mountains By sophietgerhard, Royal Oak, MI
The Ocean Speaks to Me in Waves By Emanuela, New city, NY
The Scarf By Shannon A., Jubail Industrial City, Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia
The Silence of the City By 16curtise, Gilford, NH
Til Death Do Us Part By CalebSchlaack, Oshkosh, WI
Unspoken By oceansofapathy, Milpitas, CA
We’re Not Alone By 7barajas, Hartland, WI
when i was 5 By Freestyle, Singapore, ZZ
Yelling By cemeterybats, Parker, CO
You Tasted Like Rain By james.s, Littleton, CO
You were Read By Tee25, Littleton, CO
Man-eater By Random100, Iloilo, ZZ
Regardless By futurista12, Far Rockaway, NY
Elven Lore By Samtom311, Lake Worth, FL
From The Ground Up By YazUminkelei, Princeton, NJ

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