HYPERNOVA LIT

A Stellar Flare of Young Adult Writing and Visual Art

Category Archives: Creative Nonfiction

Our World, Our Love

BY JAELA CHEN The world we live in. It’s crazy. The fights, the riots, the hate. Kids play outside while parents talk, kids of all colors and races. Black, White, … Continue reading

February 20, 2021 · Leave a comment

Thank You, Coronavirus: Lessons I’ve Learned While Social Distancing

BY RACHEL LICHTENWALNER March 12 was … something else. It was 5:30 p.m. My mom and I had just pulled into the garage from a shopping frenzy at Publix. I’ll … Continue reading

February 13, 2021 · Leave a comment

The Boy Who Lived

BY IRIS MARK The girl sits across from me, laying out her papers and supplies in an almost ritualistic fashion. I watch as she skims questions displayed on her iPad, … Continue reading

February 13, 2021 · Leave a comment

Social Media: The Danger in Disguise

BY SARAH FAZ My eighth-grade graduation approached with bountiful excitement on my part. After a year of making slideshows and presenting my case, I was finally permitted to get social … Continue reading

February 6, 2021 · Leave a comment

The Deer

BY JOSHUA WU At our old house, we had a garden out back. We had all sorts of plants like lettuce and broccoli and spinach, ready for us to eat … Continue reading

January 23, 2021 · Leave a comment

Clouds Are Overrated

BY SACHIN ALLUMS Clouds are overrated. If you took your fist and punched a cloud, it would dissipate and fly away. A cloud appears fluffy and looks like it contains … Continue reading

January 23, 2021 · Leave a comment

How to Read a Bouquet

BY CAITLIN MUSICH, 2022 Dear Corona, I present you with this bouquet of flowers as I sit alone in my room. Now, don’t be flattered. All these flowers together don’t … Continue reading

November 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

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BY @TEENDIARIES All our lives we strive for perfection. Many people blame it on the perfectionist or an over ambitious mind, but me? I blame it on the very roots … Continue reading

November 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

My Way Home

BY GWENYTH LEE “Camouflage yourself, keep your legs together, you’re interpreting a boy…” all my life I was informed I had to be feminine. I was a child, yet I … Continue reading

October 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

The School Lawn, October 11

BY ANONYMOUS October 11, 2017. I stand outside on the school lawn while families swarm into the school building for Parents’ Day Weekend. The day before, I was glad my … Continue reading

October 25, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Lazarus Effect

BY SAMANTHA HERNANDEZ A singular raindrop falls down on my head. I look up at the gray sky and one raindrop turns to a downpour in the blink of an … Continue reading

October 25, 2020 · Leave a comment

Dear Alzheimers

BY ALLISON W. Dear Alzheimers, In my eighteen years of existence, I have watched you grow and take over some of the most vulnerable, most precious pieces of my life. … Continue reading

September 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

Girl of Class

BY ALISON SWANITZ She traipses down the hall like she’s made of glass. Delicate, an ornate work of art carefully carved and polished to stand out from the rest, to … Continue reading

September 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

A Vicious Cycle

BY ADITYA AGGARWAL Salad Days is a poem discussing the lessons I’velearned throughout my childhood. Around the middle ofthe poem, I provide a single lesson that has changed mylife profoundly. … Continue reading

September 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

This One is On Fire

BY ADELA XHEZA The first words that Nonna said when I was born was “questo è in fiamme.” This one is on fire. We all thought that she was talking … Continue reading

September 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

AMERICAN DREAMING: TWO POEMS

BY ANNA KIESEWETTER Ethnic We pretend to be ethnic—absurd reminiscencesof a world we’ve never known.We drape ourselves inour mother’s hanfu,fold thin paper intoornate hand-held fansas the world looks on at … Continue reading

September 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Word

BY AARON ZHAO Immigrant. The word lingered in Matthew’s mind as he kicked a tuft of grass on the wet field, strolling in solitude. His classmates laughed at him from … Continue reading

September 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

How to Label Yourself

BY ABIGAIL FISHER In the Style of Lorrie Moore 2018. Your history class learns about the Stonewall Riots. Pretend you’ve never heard of the event. Ask enough questions to show … Continue reading

August 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

I Guess I’m Kind of Liberal

BY MACY PERRINE The thing about wearing a feminist shirt to school is that I live in Wisconsin. We’re not technically conservative, but we are also not California. The only … Continue reading

July 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

A Place With You

BY: GRACE FEELEY “Happiness is only real when shared.” -​Christopher McCandless Dear You, I went to the place we used to love today. I let myself relax in the cool … Continue reading

July 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

I Want to Make a Change

BY MARIJA NIKOLIC How often do you hear look up, hold up, get up, go up? All these words have something in common, and I am pretty sure you can … Continue reading

June 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

Truly Open Your Eyes

BY CHLOE KIM Looking around, I can see people Going about with their daily lives. Some look as if they don’t have a care in the world, Others look as … Continue reading

June 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Fat or Fiction: A Girl’s Journey To Find Herself

BY DANIELLE CONNOLLY Binge-Eating Rummaging through the barren pantry, I looked for something, anything, I could cram down my throat. Hot tears were welling up in my eyes as I … Continue reading

June 9, 2019 · Leave a comment

Eighty Cents

BY MEGAN HORSTHUIS I am standing at my podium. I am relaxed, loose even, my breathing is regular and my body is still. I reach for my notebook, and feel … Continue reading

May 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

Alone and Where It All Began

BY GABRIELA RODRIGUEZ Alone Driving alone my eyes on the road. An endless trail of snow makes me feel all alone. I can’t help but remember that cold night in … Continue reading

May 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

A Negative Space

BY EMILY BURKE Emma looked at her plate. Full. It had exactly 15 green beans, 5 ounces of chicken, and 2 scoops of mashed potatoes exactly. Even though she had … Continue reading

April 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Grappling With Questions

BY CATHERINE O’CONNOR The world is so overwhelming I often wonder why we question. In fact, that first statement perfectly captures my frustration. There seems to be no way to … Continue reading

March 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

What I Learned

BY ALLY I didn’t know what I wanted before I heard it. I didn’t know it was something I was capable of wanting until then. When I was told that … Continue reading

January 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Why I Am A Feminist

BY LYNDSEY MILES Feminist is such a loaded word. Many of all genders find it to be distasteful. They believe that being a feminist means something like women want to be better than … Continue reading

October 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

House Renovations to Personal Changes

BY KATHRYN COURT My Grandma Kaye is a pretty cool person. She has bright red hair and always wears festive clothes to match whatever event is taking place. Whether it … Continue reading

July 24, 2018 · Leave a comment