Outtakes from “White Rose”

Our very own poetry editor shares two outtakes from her debut YA novel-in-verse, “White Rose.” Happy reading!


4 Poems by Alexandra Peñaloza Alessandri

Doing High School When You’re a Señorita by Alexandra Peñaloza Alessandri
When you’re a señorita, //
your dreams are cracked open //
like granadillas […]


Watch Us Rise — Outtakes

We’re thrilled to help celebrate the publication of Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan’s fabulous new YA novel “Watch Us Rise.” Renée and Ellen were kind enough to share some outtakes from the novel with us. Take a look — and go find this book!

[…]Look at me. No, no—don’t turn away. See all of this.  All this fat girl curve, this belly, these hips. See me. […]


Blitz, Magical Thinking

Two poems by Mureall Hebert


“It’s a blitz!” she wailed under the strobe light //
looking [almost] beautiful //
and limber //
and wild //
and free. […]


Paleontology, Foxes

Two poems by teen writer, Nandita Naik


In a nightmare, I mend my sutures //
with wildflowers, kneel by the river //
and drink. […]


eulogy for dying pine, anatomy

Two poems by Taylor Fang


your faceless blue shadow //
mauled on the water, //
yawning in the waves, //
makes me wonder […]


Dressing up as Groucho Marx, Rain

Two poems by Kelly Wisdom


Sheltered, I sit //
beneath a saturated sky. //
A hundred perfect watery circles //
pound politely on the windshield. […]


3 Poems by Cindy Baldwin

Three poems by Cindy Baldwin


you wake //
to the tarry sky outside, an echo //
of the heaviness in your arms […]


Storm, A Castle by the Sea

Two poems by Gina Pasciuto


she’s a force //
to be reckoned with //
a toss of her cascading hair […]


I guess it’s time to write about the death of black bodies, formless

Two poems by Mya Nunnally


I wish I was still afraid of the dark. //
that I didn’t know what rests in swirling cloaks of black […]


paper lives, femme fatale

Two poems by Caitlin Thomson

paper lives

a desperate heartbeat shakes her paper frame //
and falling rain dissolves her […]

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