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Teen Ink Magazine, February 2017 Edition

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Articles from this Issue


Full Moon Escape By Chambo, Christchurch, ZZ
Letters in a Small Room By Luckystar78, London, ZZ
Midnight Kiss By Elliott46, Hemet, CA
New Year’s Eve Tragedy By gkraft, Hillsdale, NY
The Mistake By hsiegel250, Princeton , NJ
Galaxies and Love Affairs By pagina_, Carteret, NJ
I Drink Vodka Now By Hailey_Mae, San Diego, CA
Love at First Sight By Vespertine, Pennington, NJ
Steeping Tea By NeveB, Narrabundah, ZZ
The Seer By chessi.maria, Brooksville, ME

Hot Topics

EnvironmentBeneath Sequoias By tigerlilyorange, lexington, MA
EnvironmentLook Up By Changeling, Cupertino, CA
EnvironmentThe Clean Water Crisis By Lily46, Wyckoff, NJ
Letters to the EditorAberrant By Patrick82432, Cheektowaga, NY
Letters to the EditorAm I a Banana? And Other Identity Crises By MadelynC, Alvord, TX
Letters to the EditorAutism is Not a Tragedy By sharpened_pencil, Warren, NJ
Letters to the EditorBody Language By Summerstar, Clinton, UT
Letters to the EditorHow to Get Published? By Anonymous, Beaverton, CA
Letters to the EditorThe Trouble of a Troublemaker By MaceyBright, Ayersville, OH
Letters to the EditorWhite Wine By Hannahburns28, Defiance , OH
Pride & PrejudiceNever Be Silent Again By Anonymous, Ojai, CA
What MattersA Teen Girl's Bedroom By LittleRedDeliriousPrince, Parma Heights, OH


Educator of the YearEric Baumann: Physical Education/Coach • East Prairie School, Skokie, IL By Hfiizzleee, Skokie, IL
Educator of the YearTaushia Haist: Creative Writing • Grassfield High School, Chesapeake, VA By lowercase_i, Chesapeake, VA
HeroesKimya Dawson By SilentPixie, Luray, VA
HeroesSteve Shope By Bri.mcavey, Exeter, NH
MemoirSeventeen By jmeeker17, Saugerties, NY
MemoirTable for Two By Hobbz, Towson, MD
Personal ExperienceConfessions of a Student Driver By RedheadWriter, Mckinney, TX
Personal ExperienceIf Only By Anonymous, Minneapolis, MN
Personal ExperienceIn the Wee Hours By crazycatlady426, Olympia, WA
Personal ExperienceLove Equality By Sophiej456, South Burlington, VT
Personal ExperienceNegative Two: Our Relationship in Arithmetic By canaryairy, New York, NY
Personal ExperienceRun Free, Klammer By Scottish_Slovak, Jim Thorpe, PA
Personal ExperienceShattered Glass By AlexaS, Glendale, AZ
Personal ExperienceToday's Loser By camrymel, Hockessin, DE
Personal ExperienceTP Tested My Integrity By megandisbrow, Ormond Beach, FL
Personal ExperienceWritten Like A "Pro" By mydearwatson, Chesapeake, VA
Travel & CultureAmerica, Meet China By ariannakhubani, Towaco, NJ
Travel & CultureGlobal Grins By amandalariv, Clinton, CT
Travel & CultureMonolith of My Ancestors By evan.avila, Monrovia, MD
Travel & CultureSan Francisco By AGarsson, Mill Valley, CA
Travel & CultureUnspoken Story By Sincere_99, Hendersonville, TN


An Open Letter to Climate Change Denying Politicians By YourFuturePresident, Seattle, WA
My First President By lily.zhu001, Princeton Junction, NJ
The Land of the Free By elizzo13, Wyckoff, NJ


Book ReviewsThe Cellar by Natasha Preston By Ruby2598u, Brooklyn, NY
Book ReviewsThe Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore By JuliaT, Newfields, NH
Hot New ReleasesRunning for Water and Sky by Sandra Kring By AWriterOfWords, Hamburg, NJ
Movie Reviews13th By Ben2613, Birmingham, AL
Movie ReviewsRogue One: A Star Wars Story By Team_Underoos2k16, Bowie, MD
Music ReviewsFlight Log: Turbulence • GOT7 By mochi_9794, Brooklyn, NY
Music ReviewsRevival • Selena Gomez By AlaNova, Naperville, IL
Music Reviews… Like Clockwork • Queens of the Stone Age By sam77359, Altadena, CA

Summer Guide

Shakespeare’s Globe Young Academics By TheBibliophile, La Canada, CA
Summer Discovery By torihoff, Franklin lakes, NJ
VISIONS Service Adventures By SarahYama, Morristown, NJ

Art / Photo

Afro Girl By ChiyoR, Bronx, NY
Alone. By KaitlynDay, wakeman, OH
Always Pray for Orlando By Freakly.Chic, Fort Wayne , IN
Ambition By LittlePolska, Winter Garden, FL
Apple Cider By Yousmell-likealoser, Grafton, WI
Black and White City By graceshutterbug, Painesville, OH
Buy Me A Rose By tyedyeeyes, Lexington, KY
Chaos By lizferguson, Lafayette, NY
Chillin By reach4mars, State College, PA
Clogged By CelenaDong, Gainesville, FL
Dancing On Clouds By Pidge, Hemet, CA
Exploring the unknown By isaelwaw, Boston , MA
Glass Self Portrait By NickFlesch, Fort Wright, KY
Golden Gate By Metaphorphosis, Greenwich, CT
Hiding From the Camera By birdafraidofheights, Lowell, IN
Inside The Woodwork (Film B&W) By Stalker_Panda, Albuquerque, NM
It's Easy to Smile By LeahC, Burke, VA
Kendra and Jordan05 By WellingPhotography, Wellington, OH
love yourselfie By stepphanieee, Lake Hiawatha, NJ
Love. By Writing-Is-My-Drug, North Myrtle Beach, SC
Lovers At McDonalds By reach4mars, State College, PA
Lucid Dreaming By Cinnamonsand, Lewisville, TX
Machu Picchu By Josh59623, Boca Raton, FL
Mannequin Dreamscape By Eric.X, Mason, OH
Midnight Lights By MignoteTadesse, Arlington, VA
My inspiration By EkaterinaKZ, Almaty, CA
Of Stark December By chessi.maria, Brooksville, ME
On The Road By Yifei, Yorba Linda, CA
Patriarchy By rosie848, Niverville, NY
Salvation By Elmer, Vidalia, GA
Selfie-Expression By benjiwashere, Yukon, OK
Silhouette By chipsahuyard, Staunton, VA
Sparks Fly By dinma, Norwalk, CA
Sun Sets By Isaiah_Paredes, Weslaco, TX
Sweet Rose By Kisila, Oklahoma City, OK
Tea Time By taliaberns, Aptos, CA
The Supermoon By 1SistersR4Ever, Cliffside Park, NJ
These Stairs By warriorwritergirl77, Bryn Mawr, PA
Turkish Lamps By matrichas12, Basking Ridge, NJ
Two Roses in The Garden By nickgtz, Los Angeles,
Victory By mk531, Draper, UT
Water Falls By Eilidh.Huggan, Hamilton, ZZ
What lies ahead By SinghAnika, New Delhi, ZZ
Whoever said, "Diamond's are a girls best friend," never owned a dog. By xtinadiaz, Oakley, CA
Working Girl By MaxPhotography, Madison, WI


Feather By May_Leaf, FORNEY, TX
Heartbeat By cheshei, Ruther Glen, VA
High School Sweethearts By t.lee., Ridgefield, CT
I Am From By indeewinchell, Bay City, MI
Light and Dark Cycle By Anonymous, Arvada, CO
Living While Black By TierraRussell, saint peters, MO
Natural Goodbye By briannafil14, Newmarket, NH
Society’s Box of Puppets By xziax, Simi Valley, CA
What my Father Taught Me About Loving By Amelia L., Los Angeles, CA
A Bullet for a Book By LaurenMeekins, Blackstone, VA
A Captured Orbit By xSakhix, Cambridge, MA
A Clear Night for Learning to Drive By ItsTimeToBegin, Lexington, MA
amorous arson By megan_lynne, Pittsburgh, PA
Black Ice By Amelia L., Los Angeles, CA
Blessed Destruction By NikolettBogdan, Gilford, NH
Break Away from Pain By HannahSaulnier, Manitowoc, WI
Carbonaria By AdamFroese, Grand Prairie, TX
coins By stacyhuang, New York, NY
Coming Out By ThisFictionAddict, Edwards, CO
Detached By seamless, Hamilton, CT
Dream of Possibility By Zayon C., waldorf, MD
Epiphany of a Morning Commute By nicki_writes, Marlton, NJ
Eternal By InkCatcher, Lunenburg, MA
Eulogy of a Dying Star By SophiaR1999, San Pedro, CA
Failure By TessFitzhenry, Oshkosh, WI
Fallen Knight By Carson_Beck, Austin, TX
Family Portait By Sean_Desautelle, Gilford, NH
Freedom By D.B.Howland, Gilmanton, NH
From Below By KayleeLemire, Gilford, NH
Honey By RitwikSaha, Delhi, NY
Hunting in Reality By j1448, North Andover, MA
Icarus By mayahanson, Fenton, MO
Loving Me to Pieces By EllaNorth, Vancouver, Columbia
Milky Way By droppingyourindexcards, Brooklyn, NY
Mother By kinleydozier, Jacksonville, FL
My Marigold Lover By Bridgeport, Columbus, OH
Nature's Great Spectacle By Daniel-Ramotowski, South Plainfield, NJ
Nature's Music By 12TMK, Newmarket, NH
Nevermind Any of This By MadeleineMoreland17, Corvallis, OR
Night By Quillily, Vienna, VA
Night Driving By gracebrindle, Westfield, NJ
Ode to Coffee By hanabi13, San Jose, CA
Ode to Toaster Oven By Trisa-Noll-Lynch, Wentzville, MO
on paving stones (what might have been) By chessi.maria, Brooksville, ME
On the Road By Lydiah, Manhattan Beach, CA
Questions By 8gebhard, Hartland, WI
Scratched By Anonymous, tumbi umbi, ZZ
Skeletal Gardener By acarter99, Kingsland, GA
Snakes By gracebrindle, Westfield, NJ
Sometimes I Think of Robert Frost By ProcrastinatorSupreme, milford, IN
Stronger Than Ever By Zungy4, Newmarket, NH, NH
Swing By haleybell, Bay City, MI
The Boy I Never Dated By zoe98love, Telford, PA
The Concrete Jungle By Chappie66, Pewaukee, WI
The Cross Road By ItsTimeToBegin, Lexington, MA
The Lone Tree By booklion17, Wind Lake, WI
The Story of the Universe By SydneyEstherThier, Harrisonburg, VA
Thorns By CJ_Choo, Yardley, PA
Time Postulate By courtneygrace96, Nicholasville, KY
Traffic Jam By EmmaFlatch, Telford, PA
trust By stacyhuang, New York, NY
uncrazy twin By megthepoet, winnipeg, MN
Unique Use By IsabellaRoberts, Oshkosh, WI
Valentine’s Day 2016, part 1 By Tipster37, Surfside, FL
Validity Disbelieved By abburke, Apex, NC
Velvet bones By Ovluff, Miami, FL
What Not to Say on the First Date... By JRaye, Dorr, MI
Wishes of a Child By JuliaT, Newfields, NH
20 Gigs By megosh99, Hartland, WI
An Accident By TheWriter115, Ozark, MO
Baked By Benjay, Fairbanks, AK
Broken Barriers By hourtohour, edwards, CO
Disagreement By SCPKalex, Pewaukee, WI
False Hope By 8gebhard, Hartland, WI
Final 11.21.16 By robslobbedonbobscobb, Ft. Lupton, CO
Ironic Haiku By ElisaTheDuck, Rigaud, ZZ
Mixed Messages By hourtohour, edwards, CO
Prime By ShastaTurnbough, Highlandville, MO
Stained Glass By Carina46, Longwood, FL
The Fall By Your_Apathetic_Basketcase, Orlando, FL
Torn Personality By LostPoetry, West Jordan, UT
Vessels By LovelyMother2, New Salem, PA
Just Breathe By Kaeci, cambridge, MA
Unison By Anonymous, Cambridge, MA

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