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Teen Ink Magazine, May 2017 Edition

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Articles from this Issue


A New Me By faller201, Chester, VA
Awa's Chapati By sarit1, Los Angeles, CA
Endless Sleep By SecretlyAMartian, Alamogordo, NM
Late Love By srbrule, Simms, TX
What Belonged to my Father By LioraRabizadeh, Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful Minds By jl637, Livingston, NJ
The Lover Blushes By Luckystar78, London, ZZ

Hot Topics

Community ServiceCarrying the Torch: Read Across America By nicki_writes, Marlton, NJ
Community ServiceWhere Do the Homeless Live? By ariellazee, Peoria , IL
HealthFlatlining By Anonymous, Luray, VA
HealthNo, She's Not a Pet By muttervonhunden, Andover, NH
Letters to the Editor"If Only..." By Janeda, Tyrigsbro, MA
Letters to the EditorAfter All By btkings, Valley Stream, NY
Letters to the EditorCreating a Culture of Consent By ImogenGF, Brooklyn, New York, NY
Letters to the EditorDon't (Get) Rape(d) By GZ123, New York, NY
Letters to the EditorI Shouldn't Have to Write This By pinkpiano, Valley stream, NY
Letters to the EditorThe Day After I Killed Myself By DanielV1234, Phoenix, AZ
Letters to the EditorThe Importance of Failure By anthony.black, Phoenix, AZ
Letters to the EditorThe Walls Around Me By stumbo88, defiance, OH
Pride & PrejudiceGrandma’s Biases By Ryleemck, Piedmont, OK
Pride & PrejudiceHow You Know You’re Fat By bkl1234, Greenwich, CT
Pride & PrejudiceLilac Pajamas and Lady Gaga Fans By usetau628, Purcellville, VA


Educator of the YearArie Dinkeloo By Henrrietta, New Castle, DE
Educator of the YearDirk Schulze By LeahC, Fairfax Station, VA
MemoirA La Virgen By ch0c0lat3b3ar, Saginaw, MI
MemoirA Sparkle of Youth By ShmillyShmob, Chester, NJ
MemoirBroken Words By thatonenerdyboy, Las Vegas, NV
MemoirDescended from Royalty By Clarabradley2324, Orono, ME
MemoirGator Girl By Jillybean, Ypsilanti, MI
MemoirGone to Mud By jamie_alyse, Arlington Heights, IL
MemoirGrowth By poemoheart866, Goose Creek, SC
MemoirHands By malloreyrayne, Nashotah, WI
MemoirI Belong By jodiemejia1221, Hamburg, NY
MemoirJanuary 1, 2012 By Mikayla18, Sheffield, MA
MemoirMisfit By Anonymous, Birmingham, AL
MemoirSkylight By ScarletPeaches, nyc, NY
MemoirSmiles By beyondthesky, santa monica, CA
MemoirSnow Blossoms By sarahyaacoub, Lexington, KY
MemoirStreaks By ctsong, Rockville, MD
MemoirThe Inaugural Address in Context By megf17, Washington, WV
MemoirThe Leash By HannahGoldberg, Arlington Heights , IL
MemoirUnder Lock and Key By Allly, Roseville, MI
Personal ExperienceA Game of Catch By rosiep17, Portland, OR
Personal ExperienceBalancing Acts By mnhjn, Portland, OR
Personal ExperienceI Believe in Newton's Third Law By Anonymous, Ormond Beach, FL
SportsOn the Sidelines By miaH.505, Albuquerque, NM
SportsWhy Cheerleading Is a Sport By katebrady24, Merrick, NY
Travel & CultureAdventures in Jamaica By Bailey G., Port Aransas, TX
Travel & CultureOne Word By Mateo1, Wilmington, MA
Travel & CultureThis is Paris? By Anonymous, Bellmore, NY
Travel & CultureWanderlust By BlackieHolly, Singapore, ZZ


Immigrants Are Not the Enemy By ateenvoice, Unknown, MA
The Rise of the Drones By Brandon_Porter, Los Angeles, CA
We Are Activists By SophieFloph, Seattle, WA
Am I Safe Here? By alexissqueenn, Fort Myers, FL


Book ReviewsBorn a Crime by Trevor Noah By johnnukah, Shelbyville, KY
Book ReviewsNaked Lunch by William S. Burroughs By ohwellwhatever, Rockville, VA
Book ReviewsThe Secret Language of Sisters by Luanne Rice By Anonymous, Portland, OR
Movie ReviewsDeepwater Horizon By joshdriscoll01, East Kingston, NH
Movie ReviewsGirl Rising By AlaNova, Naperville, IL
Movie ReviewsHigh Strung By AlinaMC, Exeter, NH
Music ReviewsPeriphery II: This Time It's Personal By theheavymetalist, Winter Haven, FL
Music ReviewsThings I’ll Never Say to You by Chasing Trains By OliviaKWrites, Franklin Lakes, NJ
Music ReviewsWhat Separates Me From You By kaleestephens99, cannon falls, MN
Video game reviewsAssassin's Creed Syndicate By Introspecter, Brooklyn, New York, NY
Video game reviewsCastle Crashers By Nestor_Martinez, Hemet, CA
Video game reviewsThe Park By Fanfiction13, Somewhere, ZZ

Art / Photo

"Police" By Holmond.J, Conley, GA
A Spark By Trexon, Brooklyn, NY
A Walk in the Woods By MorseToad, Great Falls, VA
Acrobatics By LittlePolska, Winter Garden, FL
All Smiles By ojones, Charlottesville, VA
Angry Eyes By DreaZoie, Foley, AL
Buffalo By Shelbyar, Idaho Falls, ID
Cherish These Moments By CelenaDong, Gainesville, FL
Complex Society By K4M13X4LT3D, Monterey Park, CA
Dreams By Angelaalu, Watervliet, NY
Eating Sadness By malyn12, Moore, SC
Elephant Zentangled By Cooper1123581321, Boswell, PA
Exploration and Photos with my Brother. By jeanes, Trinity, NC
Eyes Never Lie By clarkelewis, Arlington, MA
First Exposure By DS(L)R, Forest Hills, NY
Girl Dog By taliaberns, Aptos, CA
Haying By ranchingurl, Dagmar, MT
If I Were Smaller... By TheAnonymousPeanutButterProfile, Brooklyn, NY
Illuminate By abbyreyes, Miami, FL
L O V E By reach4mars, State College, PA
Lone Survivng Trace By Bookemist, Cherry Hill, NJ
Lost in a Book By Jillian33, Lake Forest, IL
Lost In Thought By mikayla0328, tully, NY
Love and Joy By SpeakerOfTheDead, Lemont, IL
Love Within the City of Venice By Buble, Ammon, ID
Mad-Dawg #33 By jordannnleanna, Seymour, TN
mind over matter By stepphanieee, Lake Hiawatha, NJ
Mother Dearest By Iadala, Fairbanks, AK
Open for Business By mbrawner413, Ledyard, CT
Palace of a Lifetime By Calandra43, Abu Dhabi, ZZ
Prudence By CathyLang, Santa Rosa, CA
Pyrenees Trees By torenfronsdal, Redwood City, CA
Senior Jenna14 By WellingPhotography, Wellington, OH
Silhouettes By evelyn_abramowitz, Bay Harbor Islands, FL
Sometimes its best not to be alone By Detective_J, San Diego, CA
Stare By Eilidh.Huggan, Hamilton, ZZ
Stronger Together By gracieleeart, Simi Valley, CA
The dusk of the old. By Abhik, Howrah, ZZ
The Lonely Sunset By Agirlandherphotography, spanaway, WA
The pass By Hayden21, Colorado Springs, CO
There and Gone By erinb14, Madison, AL
Thursday By Zinc17, Los Altos, CA
Tired By megthepoet, winnipeg, Manitoba
Two Hearts in One By LeahC, Fairfax Station, VA
What You Could Be By TheDefectiveOne, Lewisvile, TX
Winter Morning By Linguinaut, Orange, CA
Winter Of Life By artparisone, Noida, ZZ
Writer's Block By , Windber, PA


Mother By miaagnese, Middle Village, NY
Never By MLuff, Spring, TX
Sunflower By proudram1013, Burbank, IL
Worth the Weight By theblonde, Parkland, FL
Pathway By MikeyG, Salt Lake City, UT
and so i learn to release her By Zinc17, Los Altos, CA
Biding Rikes By j1448, North Andover, MA
Blue and Green Fish By Anonymous, Saint Peters, MO
Bound By Caroline.16, Jacksonville, FL
bumble bees By ambivalent, West Bend, WI
Children of the Concrete Jungle By Anonymous, Saginaw, MI
claim me By Srs226, Pittsburgh, PA
Crescendo and Echo By mayahanson, Fenton, MO
Curvature of a Peach By AvaBoo, West Newton, MA
Dandelion Hope By RenSiannodel, Center Sandwich, NH
down on her knees By megthepoet, winnipeg, Manitoba
Dreams By Rlnicole, Dekalb, TX
Earthquake By HolyIrishScriptures, Lahore, ZZ
hands By chessi.maria, Brooksville, ME
Her Skin By Blaine1, oshkosh, WI
Hummingbird Heart By KawaiiCooper, Winter Garden, FL
I Remember By FrankMannino, South Plainfield, NJ
In a World By Palindrome, Reedley, CA
In Sanguine Veritas By zoeataylor, Ormond Beach, FL
Just Livin' Lively By Batman18, montgomery, IL
Lackluster By npolous, Oswego, IL
Letters from Seattle By CCFOR3, Oconomowoc, WI
Listening to the Night By Emilyens, South plainfield, NJ
Long Distance By Jaquan225, Baton Rouge , LA
Love Poem By Anonymous, Lexington, MA
Memories of my Brother III By mereCat, Horsham, ZZ
Mother By ninachabanon, Bay Harbor Islands, FL
My Star By ajax77, Marlton, NJ
Nature By Jared412, South Plainfield, NJ
Nikki By __gg69, Flushing, MI
Nostalgia By gmuller16, Oshkosh, WI
Painted By xziax, Simi Valley, CA
pencil sharpener By ambivalent, West Bend, WI
Queen Lay Zee By Anonymous, New City, NY
Reaching By dinks, Hinsdale, IL
red jar By emilyjiang, Holmdel, NJ
Silent Streets By ShelbyEdison, Houston, TX
Slept Inside of Me By SpidersAcrossStars, Hayward, CA
Solitude By acarter99, Kingsland, GA
Sparrow By Anonymous, Culpeper, VA
strings By bekanne, Vancouver, Columbia
Sweet summer rain By lamewriter, Chestertown, MD
Symbiotic Relationship By btcappy11, Simi Valley, CA
Tell me By flamelocks, Cambridge, MA
The Climb By margaretmcdonnell, cambridge, MA
The Edge of the Wall By RachelSchwartz, Lakeland, FL
The Lonely Seamstress By sbrugh, Evansville, IN
The North Kingdom By NimWallace, North Smithfield, RI
The River By Mules_321, Newmarket, NH
The Walls of Distress By AshleyDaigle, New Canada, ME
Tired By Alex.walker, Canton, IL
Toothpick Fingers and Pebble Eyes By Esykim98, Potomac, MD
Toy Head By clare7298, Arlington Heights, IL
Under the Sky By soxford44, San Jose, CA
Vanishing Buffalo By Snowflake_23, Pewaukee, WI
Where I'm From By Snowflake_23, Pewaukee, WI
Wonders of The Campfire By kenmarie, Waukesha, WI
you say, “out loud!” By tessellations, Columbia, MD
Beckoning Books By hourtohour, edwards, CO
Drama By Your_Apathetic_Basketcase, Orlando, FL
Dying Rain By Kali2018, ozark, MO
Him By ASHWOOD, Myrtle Beach, SC
I Want to Know You By hannnahk12, Fremont, CA
In The Garden By j1448, North Andover, MA
Intelligence By Anonymous, Houlton, ME
life’s thirst By Cocobean, Brooklyn, NY
My Haiku By mr.billbob123, lenexa, KS
No. 4 By Kimina_Kat, Youngstown, OH
Punny By Lamar713, Sacramento, CA
remember me? By CynthiaFeathers, Frisco, TX
Seasons in Haikus By Briannalynch, Hollywood, FL
Storm By Lily46, Wyckoff, NJ
The Crooked Willow By Blizzardstorm, Willow Street, PA
Wildthoughts By jcb.bck, Fredonia, WI

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