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Teen Ink Magazine, September 2016 Edition

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Articles from this Issue


A Dream Deferred By fountainpen, Huntington Beach, CA
I Didn’t Let You By Bettina S., Meinerzhagen, Germany
Passing Judgement By nverni4, Mamaroneck, NY
Sleepwalker By 3.14159265358979323846264, Lexington, MA
The Stalked By caleb9797, Florissant, MO
The Waiting List By LaurenceHayward, Sturminster Newton, ZZ
The Path to Somewhere By LizField, Exeter, NH

Hot Topics

How It Feels to Be Jamaican Me By RomandaDobson, Coral Springs, FL
My Fugitive Childhood By Anonymous, Chippewa Valley, WI
My Turbulent Arrival By ranahewezi, Ames, IA
Not that Korean By iriangp, Silver Spring, MD
Sorry, Soyla By Anonymous, Hillburn, NY
The Immigration Nation By reshmijpatel6, Katy, TX
Why I Need to Go to College By Anonymous, Hillburn, NY
HealthFifty Days with Alice By Anonymous, Wayland, MA
HealthOvercoming Sickle-Cell By fbarrie, Brookeville, MD
Letters to the Editor$19,000,000,000,000 By Colinr28, New York, NY
Letters to the EditorEveryone Knows Someone By st91333, Hastings, MI
Letters to the EditorSecond Life By Cabbages, Brooklyn, NY
Letters to the EditorThe Monster By RLegend, Phoenix, AZ
Letters to the EditorWanderlust By colinsmith, Wilmington, DE
Pride & PrejudiceOrlando’s Unnamed Victims By Delaney.Davis, Grapevine, TX
Pride & PrejudiceStrangers on a Bus By ClaireDahee.Kim, Seoul, ZZ


HeroesMy Namesake By AlaNova, Naperville, IL
HeroesMy Third Reason By AHSgolf, Oconomowoc, WI
MemoirMy Mother’s Ungiven Testimony By Anonymous, Macon, GA
MemoirThe First Day By julia552, Brooklyn, NY
Memoirthe new kid By sfr16, Fayetteville, AR
MemoirThe Summer Before By eraupp, Williamsville, NY
Personal ExperienceOut of Africa By ranahewezi, Ames, IA
Personal ExperienceThe Road Ahead By HannahMarkowitz36691, Atlanta, GA
Personal ExperienceThere Will Be Light: Autobiography of a Latino Urban Kid By isaac.bwb, bronx, NY
Personal ExperienceWaiting for the Bell By somachu, Encino, CA
SportsFailure: My Greatest Success By jhynes868, Park Ridge, IL
Travel & CultureEarly Morning Orchestra By Kailash, Phoenix, AZ
Travel & CultureLouisiana Summers By elizabethdunn, Greenwich, CT
Travel & CultureTrabajadores del Tabaco in Cuba By Chessmaster, Bedford, NY


5 Reasons to Stop Hating Clinton By YourFuturePresident, Seattle, WA
Please Respect My Choice By RosieRivtr, Fountain Hills, AZ
Sleepwalking Through History By Cassidy44, Orangevale, CA
The Human Singularity By Goldwing, Culpeper, VA
Why Trump Will Be President By RynOcerous, Hockessin, DE
Point and Shoot By vamika_s, Gaborone, ZZ


Book ReviewsA Long Way Gone • Ishmael Beah By Tenzindekyi, Richfield, MN
Book ReviewsGirl in Translation by Jean Kwok By Sapphire9, Santa Rosa, CA
Hot New ReleasesThe Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood By AWriterOfWords, Hamburg, NJ
Movie ReviewsAlice Through the Looking Glass By MiatheLunatic, Toronto, ZZ
Movie ReviewsSpaceballs By QuibblerGirl, Okeana, OH
Movie ReviewsZootopia By Katelynn_M, Freeport, IL
Music Reviews25 by Adele By AlaNova, Naperville, IL
Music ReviewsDeath of a Bachelor by Panic! at the Disco By izzyluxe, Lewisville, TX
Music ReviewsViews by Drake By sarangomez, lewisville, TX
Video game reviewsAssassin’s Creed By lmookai, Brooklyn, NY
Video game reviewsCounter Strike: Global Offensive By KekMeister, Wilmington, DE
Video game reviewsThe Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim By ninjacat6242, Roanoke, VA

Art / Photo

A Fishy Dream By gomojo, BAYSIDE, NY
A part of sankranthi celebrations By GSree, Hyderabad, ZZ
Alaka Walk 2k15 By Xman1925, Puyallup, WA
American Dream Sin Fronteras By , Houston, TX
An Honored Salute By WellingPhotography, Nova, OH
Anniversary By CaseyHunter, Punta Gorda, FL
Barbed Wire By LeslieBear, Cheyenne, WY
Bejeweled By Woos_art, Lake Oswego, OR
City of Wonder By alexishj_26, Crown City, OH
Constriction By Esterleth, Suwon, ZZ
Consumerism By , Tappan, NY
Crashing Waves By AngelinaIngalls, Lorain, OH
Distracted By beyondthesky, santa monica, CA
Firework By runnergirl27, Burke, VA
It Is Written By chantell.nicole, Goshen, IN
Kids Literature By Papithetruth, Bronx, NY
Life by the WIngs By Amanda24, lynnfield, MA
Lights and Grain By LeahC, Burke, VA
Make Believe By Qtyler, Rochester, NY
Maleficent By , oshawa, ZZ
Moonlighter By lexin, Cincinnati, OH
Nature By LeilaCruz, Quezon City, ZZ
O, for a Muse of Fire! By bene.scripta, Centreville, VA
Oblivion By burningskylines, Birmingham, AL
One Second, Please By ojones, Charlottesville, VA
Puma Laude By CathyLang, Santa Rosa, CA
Sample Gates at IU By annartea, Cumbayá, ZZ
Shadow Diver By EthanImre, Niagara Falls, ZZ
Snow Must Know By Amberjane, St Peter Port, ZZ
Soy Cubana By MaiaKoryn, Playa Del Carmen, ZZ
Starry Night, Night 2 By StoneFish, Murrieta, CA
Summertime Sadness By JessyBarr, Portland, OR
Sunset flick By Zebedee, Pembroke, ZZ
The Almighty Capitol By Anastasia_tishena, Sunny Isles Beach, FL
The net loft, polperro By SirAlexSpartan, Buxton, ZZ
The Patriot! By 1SistersR4Ever, Cliffside Park, NJ
The Starting Line By LemonRiver, Corvallis, MT
Through the Apple Orchard By j_mag1441, Lambertville, MI
Trapped. By KaitlynDay, wakeman, OH
Urban Adrenaline By Satya, Short Hills, NJ
We Will Do It! By kaitlynAnnePhillips, Woodvile, OH, OH
Western Sunsets By LeslieBear, Cheyenne, WY
Winter Blur By artparisone, Noida, ZZ
Youth By lolindigo, Hampton, GA


A Jar of Ink By yannigotchi, Toronto, ZZ
A Pixel Remains By Thomas.TTL, Yangon, ZZ
It Can’t Be By abbeyz_88, Montville, NJ
Secure By Samir, Sewickley , PA
To Be a Tree By BigFish, Clarkston, MI
A Cover and Spine By chessi.maria, Brooksville, ME
Alzheimer's By crdfsu, Ormond Beach, FL
An Apology By Anonymous, Oxford, ZZ
An Inconsequential Observation By WindRaven, Fairview, PA
another home By Rachana1999, Hong Kong, ZZ
Another Option By Anonymous, San Jose, CA
Changing Events By Jpeschong, Hartland, WI
Cigarettes and Paint By LittleRedDeliriousPrince, Parma Heights, OH
Cold Pancakes By Clemonlime, Asheville, NC
Crescendo, Diminuendo By SydneyKA, Lewes, DE
Crumb of Thought By helen_ikonic, Scarborough, ZZ
Crush. By LittleRedDeliriousPrince, Parma Heights, OH
Curious By Anna141, Yarmouth, ME
Dandelions By maddiekarg, Plainfield, IL
Deception By Jtatsu, East Brunswick, NJ
Deprogramming By Liv.Harris, O Fallon, MO
Fading Into Midnight By xziax, Simi Valley, CA
Fates and Faults and Follies in Nature By Sweetsoulsearching, Frisco, TX
Fire Escape By TimothyLyu, Concord, MA
For a Sea Storm By ItsTimeToBegin, Lexington, MA
Good as Gold By rachiehehe, Naperville, IL
Hunger By janesnow, San Geronimo, CA
Hurting By vivz02, Naperville, IL
I Am China By MajesticMM, Temperance, MI
i love you By minnie16, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
I Said I Didn't Care By Luckystar78, London, ZZ
In Control By sklipman, Harrison, NY
Independent Clause By mmorac, Buenos Aires, ZZ
It's a Man's World By SydneyEstherThier, Harrisonburg, VA
little wonders By Lydiah, Manhattan Beach, CA
magnolia By triceratops, Montclair, NJ
Milky Way By fallingcomets, Oshkosh, WI
Monsters By vivz02, Naperville, IL
My Song By MagdaEmilia, Big Creek, CA
Neuropsychology By mem228, Attleboro, MA
Nostalgia By AbigailMesfin, West Orange, NJ
on dropping bombs By chessi.maria, Brooksville, ME
On Growing Up By kiraa, Natick, MA
On the Forefront of Change By zadiekatie23, Rio Rancho, NM
On Words By L.J.Barnes., Powhatan, VA
Pompass By j1448, North Andover, MA
Pressure By karissak, Sussex, WI
Remembrance By Khudheeja, San Jose, CA
Resignation By megan_lynne, Pittsburgh, PA
Scar Tissue By megthepoet, winnipeg, ZZ
Serenity By 1870195, Lake Forest, IL
Seven Ways to Look at a Lighter By Mackenna R., St. James, MO
Sharpie Tattoos By AutumnHines, Lexington, KY
Shrink-rap Dreaming By naptaker, Cave Creek, AZ
Sl(e)ighted By Zack.S., Singapore, ZZ
Solomon's Seashore By Hopefool, Langhorne, PA
South Asian Sorrows By aminachowdhury, Norwalk, CT
spinel By tessellations, Columbia, MD
stunner By vamika_s, Gaborone, ZZ
Sun Daze By Laurazakorchemny, Gilford, NH
The Cold Took Him Away By 16harrisj, Gilford, NH
The Difference By megan_lynne, Pittsburgh, PA
The Fangirl By the-mormon-introvert, Alpine, UT
The Milk of the Night By Sec1218, Neenah, WI
The Shoemaker's Children By futurista12, Far Rockaway, NY
True Cinderellas By tash_mass, Wrangell, AK
Vacuum By james-12122, middleburgh, NY
Voices By InkCatcher, Lunenburg, MA
Wanderer By olivia.wingate, Wilmington, MA
What the Tide Takes By Kathleen897, New City, NY
You Already Rule Me By Bridgeport, Columbus, OH
You Are the Universe By icedmint, Seattle, WA
You Don’t Understand By _alannahurt, Snyder, TX
3.26.16 By hoperunsunderneath, Hummelstown, PA
Bird Haiku By Jonah G., Winter Park, FL
Darkness By WoahFangirling, Norfolk, VA
Icy Blue Eyes By brkprrsh, Colfax, CA
Literary Catheters By KarmaBites, Columbia Heights, MN
Our Conversations By ALM007, São Paulo, CO
Remains By NightRaven119, Sussex, WI
Tulip By YoungGreenShoot, Ithaca, NY
Undone By j1448, North Andover, MA
Beyond the Window By Escritora, Bucharest, ZZ
Humanity’s Heart By EternallyCreative, Union City, NJ

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