Past Issues + Release Parties

2017-2018 Editorial Board
Bridgette Bauer  | Bailey Christensen | Madeline Small

Issue 1 | May 2013 | Theme: "Teen Spirit"

Bonny Cai | Shoham Geva | Scott Haddlesey 
Abby Peterson | Kaavya Puttagunta 
Christopher Shepherd | Noah Steinberg | Alex Kime
NCTE Ranking: Superior, Nominated for Highest Award

Issue 2 | May 2014 | Theme: "Resistance + Rebellion"

Ethan Cannaert | Adriana Hassan | Lillian Schneyer
Abigail Shotwell | Danny Vincenz
NCTE Ranking: Superior

Issue 3 | May 2015 | Theme: "Choose Your Own Adventure"
Skylar Burkhardt | Emi Jackson | Troy Morgan
Ella Horwedel | Kelsey Carpenter
NCTE Ranking: Excellent

Issue 4 | May 2016 | Theme: "Exile"
Celia Arsen | Leah Bauer | Anna Dang | Star Su
Kelsey Carpenter | Chris Morgan-Martin | Kaelan Oldani
Ella Horwedel | Eleana Tworek
NCTE Ranking: Excellent

Issue 5 | May 2017 | Theme: "Enjoy the Silence"
Bailey Christensen | Bridgette Bauer | Anne Boyd
Madeline Small | Christopher Morgan-Martin
Krystal Hur | LIam Keating | Leahley Alawi | Star Su
No Submission to NCTE

Literati Release Parties

Issue 4 | "Exile"
Wednesday, May 18, 2018 Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Celia Arsen | Leah Bauer | Kelsey Carpenter | Sophia Nam
Ella Horwedel | Micaela Keller | Courtney Jones | Collin Cannaert

Attendees were given a limited-edition 7" clear vinyl single featuring a cover of Nirvana's classic "Smells Like Teen Spirit," performed by Kai McKenney and Arden Siegel, on the A-side and "Tree Among Trees," an original composition by Leah Bauer on the B-side.

Issue 3 | "Choose Your Own Adventure"
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor Michigan

Bridget Kennedy | Jessica Krueger | Emi Jackson
Claire Koelling | Evan Murphy | Bobby Boyle | Joan Levleit

Madeline Rombes, a 2012 Skyline graduate and a 2014 Hopwood Award winner at the University of Michigan, served as our featured reader, sharing some of her original work.

Teen Spirit #6 | Spring 2017

Information coming soon.

Teen Spirit | Skyline's Award-Winning Literary Magazine
Each spring, the consultants of the Skyline Writing Center publish a literary magazine called Teen Spirit in order to provide students with an authentic audience for their work and to amplify their voices throughout our community.  Our Editorial Board, comprised of Writing Center consultants, handle every aspect of the publication process from choosing our theme to laying out the book to organizing our annual release party at Literati Bookstore in Downtown Ann Arbor.  Like our Writing Center, Teen Spirit is a publication that is built by students for students.

Issue 5 Release Party | Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor, Michigan | Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Our audience produced a communal story to emphasize the collective nature of Teen Spirit on its fifth anniversary

Student Readers: Jessica Gibbs | Riley O'Brien | Star Su | Sophia Nam | Bess Rothman | Inali Hathaway
Emma Rose Carpenter | Dara Geva | Avery Lumeng | Christopher Morgan-Martin

Other Publications
The Guilty Academic: The Writing Center Zine | Spring 2016

General Editor: Eleana Tworek

The idea for a Zine came about because Writing Center tutors were creating collages, cut-ups, playlists, doodles, and political statements that couldn't find a home. These creations, while awesome, didn't really fit the more serious ethos of Teen Spirit, and they didn't necessarily meet some of the basic requirements for the Writing Prize competition. Our tutors needed an outlet for their more experimental work!

If we're being honest, the name is the result of playing around with a word randomizer online until we came up with something we loved, but, think about it, The Guilty Academic fits. Our tutors have high academic standards for themselves, and we have high academic standards for them, so the idea of this community of writers--supposedly serious writers--doing non-serious work in an underground way was funny to us in the tongue-and-cheek way a Zine should be. There are no formal rules here, but there are some awesomely weird (in the best sense of the word) creations.

We're giving away our Zine for free as a sort of amuse-bouche for Teen Spirit coming in May. So, go ahead, whet your literary appetite with The Guilty Academic coming this April to a high school near you; it's an indulgence you can't refuse.

The Bleeding Heartland: A Murder Mystery From the Prairie | A Community Novel | Fall 2014
General Editors: Bobby Boyle | Alexa Pinsky

Writing Staff: Latifa Al-Mohdar | Gretchen Bakker | Wei Wen Balter | Shannon Cowley | Sam Ellison | Emily Hahn | Tina Lee | Madeline Merlino | Elizabeth Ritter | Abby Shotwell | Noah Steinberg | Katey Urbin 
Anita Vander Meulen

In November 2013, the students of the Skyline Writing Center took on an ambitious task: writing a community novel for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo, as it is more commonly known). The composition of long-form fiction is an exceptionally difficult task when completed by a lone author, but it becomes incredibly complex when fourteen different individuals must work cohesively and collaboratively to form something engaging, immersive, and cogent. The fourteen individuals responsible for the completion of this project worked diligently to ensure that the product was as brilliant as they are, and, by our estimation, they were incredibly successful.

Our motivations for diving into the long-fiction genre were two-fold:
  1. To ensure yet another outlet for Skyline’s creative community to express itself. In an era where opportunities for students to engage in imaginative endeavors in being reduced by external funding and curricular pressures, we need to create windows–portions of the day–where people can dream, where they can play with words, characters, and ideas.
  2. To assist our tutors in the process of producing “creative writing” in the school sense of the term. We believe that our tutors will best serve their classmates if they have a firm understanding of the look and feel of the writing process outside of the traditional academic writing. As people visit us with stories, poems, and multimedia reports, we need to understand their mission and vision to best assist them in reaching their ultimate goal of being a better, more complete writer.

About The Bleeding Heartland: A Murder Mystery From the Prairie

Max Watson, a meandering, middle-aged private detective in small-town South Dakota, finally found love in the world of online dating. Audrey Cranston, a striking woman from a town away, saw Watson’s difficult-to-find charm. As Watson prepares for his first date and his only real chance at love, he finds that Audrey–the apple of his eye–has been brutally murdered. In The Bleeding Heartland: A Murder Mystery From the Prairie, the race is on to bring Audrey’s killer to justice and to deliver Watson the closure he needs to be able to love again.