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SURGE: The Zone's Teen Art & Literary Magazine is a publication produced by the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department and Writopia where teenagers in the Kravis Children's Hospital at Mount Sinai.

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SURGE THE ZONE’S TEEN ART & LITERARY MAGAZINE KRAVIS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL AT MT. SINAI • WINTER 2018

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MASTHEAD Editor-in-Chief Brigit Young Co-Executive Editors Diane Rode Rebecca Wallace-Segall Founding Editor Russel Mindich Art Directors Jaclyn Damiano Lauren Smith Graphic Designer Ethan Shafran Moltz Guest Teen Editor Kayla Collins Thanks to Russel Mindich and family, and to the staff of the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department of the Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital. To view this issue online visit: http://mschildlife.org/surge.html Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital 1184 5th Ave New York , NY 10029 212-241-6797 Writopia Lab 155 W 81st Street Suite A New York, NY 10024 212-222-4088 writopialab.org

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Untitled by Sola Fidé Johnson, 12. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 I’m Okay by Chris, 16. .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Diana by Sarah Waring, 14. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 The Night Sky by Jalissa Hernandez, 11. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 To Be A Bird by Reagan Prior, 14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Untitled by Lydia Schultz, 14. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Q&A with Ali Spike. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Cherry Blossom by Kyla Acevedo Bonner, 19. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 A Happy Place by Brandon Gonzalez Merino, 17. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Me by Chris, 16. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 The Parkour Part of Me by Bayron Gil, 17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Fireworks by Jalissa Hernandez, 11. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Graphic Novel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Untitled by Jalani, 18. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Actual Living by Gabrielle Broome, 17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 A Day at the Beach by Sierra Leedy, 18. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Photography by Becky Wolfson, 16. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 A Place That Gives Me Hope by Hazera Khatun, 19. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Peach-colored Flower by Sola Fidé Johnson, 12. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 The Park by Sola Fidé Johnson, 12. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Just Keep Swimming by Abraham Weitzman, 14. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Elephant by Anwr Assana, 12. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Animal Kingdom by Gabriella Gonzalez, 19. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Forgiveness by Leelu Ravi, 17. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Ombré by Campbell, 12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Untitled by Zoe Steinberg, 17. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 I don't know by Olivia, 16. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Strong Enough by Kayla Collins, 14. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Tree by Marian Cepeda, 17. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Cover Photography by Becky Wolfson, 16

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A LETTER FROM THE EDITOR WDear Readers, ELCOME TO THE fourth collaborative publication between the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department at Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital and Writopia Lab, a nonprofit creative writing program for kids and teens. Within these pages, you will find the work of teen artists and writers, some hospital patients and some not. All of them have bravely applied the page or canvas as tools to grapple with fear and frustration, as well as to revel in hope and dreams. By engaging with their work, you may find yourself relating to an experience or empathizing with one. Creative expression allows for these moments of connection. Perhaps a piece of writing or an image will inspire you to create as well. If you’re interested in contributing to the next issue of Surge, please submit your writing to Brigit.Young@mountsinai.org and your artwork to Jaclyn.Damiano@mountsinai.org. Enjoy! Brigit Young EDITOR-IN-CHIEF INSTRUCTOR AT WRITOPIA LAB

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GUEST TEEN EDITOR Kayla Collins Kayla's writing is featured on page 36! WDear Readers, ELCOME TO THE Winter edition of Surge! Surge is a magazine that is meant to give you a feeling of connection to other kids your age. This magazine is a way for all of us kids to express ourselves through writing and illustrations. While reading all of the pieces in this magazine I felt as if someone genuinely understood me. Surge is one of my outlets as a student and patient. It is a great way to feel connected to others my age. Many times our teachers or parents won’t be able to connect to what we as teens or young children feel, but through this magazine, I’ve felt like I’m not alone. While reading all of the writing and looking at all the beautiful illustrations I was able to smile and enjoy myself. I hope you enjoy this issue of Surge! Kayla Collins, 14 GUEST TEEN EDITOR Winter 2018 | Surge | 5

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6 | Surge | Winter 2018 Untitled by Sola Fidé Johnson, 12

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I’M OKAY BY CHRIS, 16 My hands got sore. I’m okay. Next my feet got tired. I’m okay. My stomach became ill. I’m okay. My blood pressure went down. I’m okay. I feel better than before I came. I’m okay. I switched schools, a long process. I’m okay. I made new friends. I’m okay. I feel like the same person. And I’m okay. Winter 2018 | Surge | 7

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DIANA BY SARAH WARING, 14 She talks to the moon at night. She doesn’t know that I can hear her, too. I hear her whisper that she’s lost, she has nowhere to go, she wants to be swallowed in stars, she wants to escape into space, she just wants to escape. I am the only one besides her and the moon that knows about the girl she lost those years ago, the boy that made her feel unclean, the reasons why she cries to the sky. I can see her pull her sweater sleeves over her hands as she shivers on the rooftop. I can see her hair blow around her face and her glasses fall down her nose but she can’t see me--isn’t that how it always works? She can’t see-She cries to the moon and holds out her arms, wishing for the galaxy to take her, the galaxy that mirrors the constellations on her skin and the universe in her eyes. I hear, she hears, voices calling for her to come down but she is closer to away up here, where the sky is dark and the stars hang just out of reach and she can believe--oh, she just wants to believe-That she has a friend in the moon. 8 | Surge | Winter 2018

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The Night Sky by Jalissa Hernandez, 11 Winter 2018 | Surge | 9

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TO BE A BIRD BY REAGAN PRIOR, 14 In a world of darkness hope is the light that lures us into joy’s cupped hands and makes us believe that we have a chance to fly free like a bird soaring through the sky. But our wings get clipped. And we burst and wither remaining on the ground. Stuck. Wishing. 10 | Surge | Winter 2018

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Untitled by Lydia Schultz, 14 Winter 2018 | Surge | 11

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Q&A with Ali Spike Ali Spike is a certified Child Life Specialist who works in The Blau Center for Children's Cancer and Blood Disease. She is also the primary handler of facility dog, Professor, and the coordinator of the Mount Sinai Paws and Play program. Ali sat down with Surge’s Teen Editor, Kayla Collins, to answer some questions about coping with the challenges of her job, and the joys of Professor! Ali and Professor with Guest Teen Editor, Kayla When/if times get emotional while visiting patients, how do you cope with your emotions? Working with patients, both inpatient and outpatient, there are definitely some emotions involved (for patients and for me!). At work, I lean on my coworkers for support with emotions that come up. When I have had a particularly heavy day I try to do something nice for myself after work, such as go for a run or watch a movie to relax. At home and at work, I also look to Professor for an extra hug! What is a Child Life Specialist? What made you want to be a Child Life Specialist? Child Life Specialists work with patients and families in the healthcare environment to mitigate or minimize distress and to increase positive coping. We specialize in therapeutic play, child development, and family systems. I wanted 12 | Surge | Winter 2018

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to become a Child Life Specialist to help patients and families navigate the complicated, and often scary, world of healthcare. What additions would you like to see implemented in the Child Life program? We just added two new employees to our department, facility dogs Professor and Amos! As a department we have also started implementing more programming for caregivers and families, such as our new "Caregiver Connections" group! I would love to see more of this type of programming implemented for our hardworking caregivers. What do you like to do on your free time? I enjoy running, spending time with family and friends, being a tourist in NYC, and catching up on all of my TV shows (Netflix is the best!). What’s your favorite thing about working with Professor? My favorite thing about working with Professor is his ability to read a room. When we walk into a patient’s room he immediately knows whether that person needs a snuggle, active play time, or a napping buddy. I feel so lucky to be able to work with Professor to brighten difficult days. What’s your funniest memory with Professor? Professor’s absolute favorite toy is a tennis ball. One day in clinic we were playing with some friends in the playroom when the tennis ball went into someone’s exam room. Professor ran right into the room for his ball and got stuck in the curtain. He made everyone laugh (including me) and he was happy to have found his ball! Winter 2018 | Surge | 13

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CHERRY BLOSSOM BY KYLA ACEVEDO BONNER, 19 Surrounded by cherry blossoms, he laughs. Every day he picks a flower and sketches it. He wishes that he had someone to share these moments with. He will never give up on finding the one he loves. He always keeps hope that one day she will wander into the cherry blossoms that surround him. Art by Anonymous 14 | Surge | Winter 2018

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A HAPPY PLACE BY BRANDON GONZALEZ MERINO, 17 Green, gray, brown and red Birds and music Rice and beans, mole A little breeze The ground is hard, rough, patchy Chewing Bubbaloo gum I lay on the hammock My grandma tells me what has to be done in the house Me tienes que limpiar la cocina I’m in Mexico Winter 2018 | Surge | 15

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