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THE ZONE’S TEEN ART & LITERARY MAGAZINE KRAVIS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL AT MT. SINAI • SPRING 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 Abraham Weitzman 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 2 | Surge | Spring 2018 TABLE OF CONTENTS Photograph Nothing Will Ever Be the Same by Becky Wolfson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 by Rebecca Fields. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 The Wind Untitled Watercolor by Daejoné. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 by Hazera Khatun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 A Letter to Cancer Shadows in the Sunset by Marian Cepeda . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Art and Writing by Isabella Gavilanes . . . . . . 23 Vertical Lake by Stina Trollbäck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Wayward by Lily Krug. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 The Girl and the Black Forest by Bayron Gil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Outer Space by Sola. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Everyday Wonders by Christopher Crescitelli . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Make Your Own Comic! by Abby Coleman & Elsa Bermudez. . . . . . . . 14 The Marble Effect by Chloe Buckle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 The Cotton Candy Sea by Myles. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Q&A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 My Old House in Ibb, Yemen by Anwr Assana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Feeling Colorful by Marian Cepeda . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Making it Out of the ICU Alive by Zoe Ehrenkranz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Identity Crisis by Teyanna Terry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Untitled Oil Pastel by Isabella Gavilanes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Going Under by Carly Menker. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Feelings about Sickle Cell by a 15-year-old Sickle Cell Patient. . . . . . . . . 32 Bound Repeat & Recovery by Hazera Khatun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 By Abraham Weitzman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 At Home Flowers by Safi. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 by Mia Kaganowicz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Me as I Change by Gabriel Luís Touré. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Cover Art by Kimberly Asitimbay Self Portrait in Red Hat by Stina Trollbäck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Back Cover Art by Marian Cepeda Spring 2018 | Surge | 3

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TAHLEETETDEITROFRROM Dear Readers, Welcome to the fifth 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. From inside hospital walls to writing workshops in New York City and beyond, these teen writers and artists have come together to share their voices in SURGE. In the following pages, you will find these young writers and artists diving into matters of identity, fear, and illness, as well as rejoicing in life’s wonders, the tranquility of nature, and, in one piece, the whimsical tale of a wise frog looking for love in a pink sea. The creative arts provide an outlet for every child and young adult to explore their inner lives, both directly and through the vast expanse of their imaginations. As you read, you may find yourself inspired to create your own art and writing. We would love to hear your voice and see the world through your eyes. Please send your work our way by emailing writing and artwork to our Art Director, Jaclyn.Damiano@MountSinai.org. Enjoy! Brigit Young EDITOR-IN-CHIEF INSTRUCTOR AT WRITOPIA LAB 4 | Surge | Spring 2018 Abraham's writing is featured on page 34! GUEST TEEN EADbrITahOaRm Weitzman Dear Readers, Welcome to the Spring issue of SURGE! It is an honor to be serving as Guest Teen Editor and a contributor. In this issue you will find artwork and writing about who the contributors are, and what we are experiencing. Having a chronic disease or a condition that requires multiple hospitalizations changes your life. You miss the feeling of being invincible that most kids have. Just when you would like to be free of adults, you desperately need them. Do not think this only saddens us. We toughen up. We mature. We triumph over our diseases as we live with them. Our diseases do not define us. We come from diverse communities. We are shy, outgoing, funny, serious, optimistic and angry, just like everyone else. The work we have shared here reflects our identities, the way we perceive ourselves. When looking through SURGE, I hope you see beyond the tubes and monitors. I hope you see the strong individuals whose contributions have made this issue possible. Enjoy! Abraham Weitzman, 14 GUEST TEEN EDITOR Spring 2018 | Surge | 5

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6 | Surge | Spring 2018 Photograph by Becky Wolfson, 16 THE WIND BY DAEJONÉ, 16 I fight sickle cell and I am the wind. I go everywhere. Calm at times, but very rough, very powerful. sssssssssssssssh I bring a sense of the light, a sense of fire. Spring 2018 | Surge | 7

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A LETTER TO CANCER BY MARIAN CEPEDA, 18 It seems like you have control over my life, but really you don't. Your presence only makes me stronger, braver, and wiser. I choose how I think and speak, and the way I love. Those are the things you can’t touch. The fear of your name no longer haunts my soul. And the horrible feelings that you bring I ignore. I have a bigger army. We will fight against you. This dictatorship you've been trying to create will stop because I own myself, my feelings, my body, and I will survive this. In this life I've only been told that I can’t do certain things because I’m sick, but I disagree. What about those who have no arms? And sell pretty flowers on the streets of New York? Or those who can’t hear? Like Mandy Harvey, who lost her hearing and had no idea what her voice sounded like. She feels the vibrations of the instruments on the floor and creates beautiful music. Those are only obstacles, like being in an army, preparing yourself for harder situations, going through hard training. For what? You may ask. To prepare yourself and become strong human beings. Even stronger than any rock in Central Park. 8 | Surge | Spring 2018 Vertical Lake by Stina Trollbäck, 17 Spring 2018 | Surge | 9

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Wayward by Lily Krug, 16 10 | Surge | Spring 2018 THE GIRL AND THE BLACK FOREST BY BAYRON GIL, 17 The girl is looking out through the window. It’s dark. She’s wearing white. She’s looking at the moon, thinking how light it is, how she wants the sun to come out because she misses the sun. She’s on her red bed. The wind comes through the white curtains. Outside is a black forest. Spring 2018 | Surge | 11

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OUTER SPACE BY SOLA, 13 Outer space, different colors – light pink, teal, sun orange. Feeling nothing. When I was little I thought of being an astronaut. I would dream of taking my shoe off and putting my actual foot on the moon, like hard sand. From there, the earth is blue, windy, green, and small. Artist from the Zone 12 | Surge | Spring 2018 EVERYDAY WONDERS BY CHRISTOPHER CRESCITELLI, 15 I wonder why doctors don’t have the answers. Why don’t they know what’s wrong? Why does every doctor have a different perspective, a different answer, a different mindset? Am I going to be okay? Does God hear my prayers? I know He does. Is my brother going to be okay? How does anesthesia work? Am I going to wake up? I did wake up. And one day, a doctor will have an answer. Spring 2018 | Surge | 13

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Complete the panels below by drawing characters and writing what they say in speech bubbles. Is your main character the dog, or someone else? What kind of world does the story take place in? You can decide what happens in this comic! MAKE YOUR OWN COMIC! Art by Writopia Instructors Abby Coleman & Elsa Bermudez 14 | Surge | Spring 2018 Spring 2018 | Surge | 15

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16 | Surge | Spring 2018 The Marble Effect by Chloe Buckle, 11 THE COTTON CANDY SEA BY MYLES, 13 There once was a very relaxed, laid back frog. He was old. In human oldness, he’d be seventy. But he didn’t have a family. So he liked to just relax and look at the pink sea all day on his lily pad, but he wanted a family more than anything. He would think about how awesome it would be to have a wife and grandchildren with him, looking at the sea. He would always look across the sea to this one point - maybe a pink rock, but he couldn’t tell what it was. One day, he traveled across the sea to relax on that pink rock. But as he got closer, he realized it was a pink frog! It was a pink frog who was seventy years in human years, who wanted the same thing as he did, who would always look across the pink sea and look at the green rock and wonder about it. So they met in the middle. Spring 2018 | Surge | 17

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BOUND BY HAZERA KHATUN, 20 My roots... My roots are clean and freaks, watching and gossiping. My roots reach Adam and Eve and intertwine with a long history of strangers and Jesus (Issah), Abraham, and Moses. My roots ground me as I grow up and learn about the world. My roots are disastrous and cold and sometimes far away, but we are still bound. At Home by Safi, 12 18 | Surge | Spring 2018 ME AS I CHANGE BY GABRIEL LUÍS TOURÉ, 16 I dream of going back home and getting out of the hospital. Home smells like towels out of the dryer. I love money – the idea of working for something and buying something with what you’ve earned. I forgive myself. Sometimes you shouldn’t beat yourself up for mistakes that you made. I regret my inhibitions. I fear not being able to move or change. I used to stay quiet, but now I voice what I think. I won’t make the same mistakes again, and I will learn from them. Spring 2018 | Surge | 19

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NOTHING WILL EVER BE THE SAME BY REBECCA FIELDS, 16 My words leave me Like breath in the winter Forming a cloud before my face A cloud of darkness hidden inside syllables and synonyms But nothing is really the same Even when shadows cross paths And my fingertips slide through these untraceable melodies Nothing will ever be the same As her heart breaks Cracking into a million shards of love They are swept up by a gust of wind And buried in darkness forever Nothing will ever be the same 20 | Surge | Spring 2018 Untitled Watercolor by Hazera Khatun, 20 Spring 2018 | Surge | 21

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22 | Surge | Spring 2018 SHADOWS IN THE SUNSET ART AND WRITING BY ISABELLA GAVILANES, 12 The sun’s going down The shadows of the palm trees dancing with the wind I feel colorified - sun orange, violet purple, baby pink Happiness and joy Spring 2018 | Surge | 23

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Q&A Teen Editor Abraham Weitzman interviews KidZone TV Producer Nicole Wood What is video therapy? Drawing upon my background as a Child Life Specialist, I utilize my clinical skillset to explore video, filmmaking, and multimedia technology as therapeutic modalities. From stop motion animation to sock puppet theater and even robot hide and seek, the goals for each video therapy project are personalized to each child, teen, or caregiver involved. Video therapy goals include promoting self-expression, facilitating communication, enhancing self-esteem, promoting mastery, and creating opportunities for storytelling, play, positive memory-making, and empowerment. What is your role at KZTV? Working closely with our incredible studio team (shout-out to Mathea, Lu, Sherry, and Alex! :)), I serve as KidZone TV producer. In my role, I produce, tech, and host shows, book new guests, coordinate live programming, and brainstorm new ways to create shows that are specialized based on our audience’s interests and participation. You work with children at the hospital. What drew you to that work? My background is in theater and film, and I began seeking new ways to apply my skillset in more meaningful spaces. I started as a volunteer at KidZoneTV and the rest is history! 24 | Surge | Spring 2018 Nicole (third from left) with the original Sesame Street cast members on KZTV In your time here what has been your favorite memory? There are so many! But one of the greatest highlights was the reunion show of original Sesame Street cast members over the holidays. They hosted a live sing-a-long show with puppets on KZTV that was an all-time favorite! If you had to pick another career what would it be? Voice actor, screenwriter, or travel journalist. ;) Who is your favorite director? Film? I’m a film nerd, so choosing one favorite film is always a hard question! I love Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, but Roman Holiday, Annie Hall and 10 Things I Hate About You are also favorites. Spring 2018 | Surge | 25

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MY OLD HOUSE IN IBB, YEMEN BY ANWR ASSANA, 12 Tall, like every house in the city, and the top is red. The carpet is red and gold, and sometimes you don’t have to park – you can park anywhere. I used to have two cars when I was a little baby, and I used to live with my cousins Mohammed, Mariam and Wegdan. It smells like cookies and rice, chicken and aseed, so soft and warm, full of water and flour. We eat on the floor. The air is hot, like a smooth wave. We don’t have to wear a jacket – no snow, never. As we eat, I feel calm, relaxed, not thinking about stuff you don’t want to think about, just family and friends. Our country is green, mountains all up and down like stairs. The village, the music, the color of the water- white and blue… Ibb is peace. 26 | Surge | Spring 2018 Feeling Colorful by Marian Cepeda, 18 IMCAUKAINLIGVEIT OUT OF THE BY ZOE EHRENKRANZ, 13 When they come to draw blood, eyes closed, breath in, muscles tense, fist clenched. Be stoic as a boulder in a stream, unmoving, unbreakable, the pain will be over soon. Sail above the noise of the machines, always indignantly beeping; fly high above those clouds and imagine the fresh wind running through your hair, whispering of freedom. When you feel weak, tired, sick, be the sun; eternally radiant and effervescent. As you sleep, remember; there is no rest for the weary. They will come in, poking and prodding, pricking. A hand at your pulse, a flash in your pupil, there is no limit to the tests. If you get up at night, sit up slowly, one painstaking centimeter at a time. When your frail legs tremble beneath you as you pace the room, let each breath build your confidence, carrying vitality and vigor. Although, despite your best efforts, the room starts to spin and bright stars burn streaks across your vision, breathe in and out, in, out, in, out, in efforts to calm your now racing heart. Throughout all of the hindrances the hospital hurls your way, outshine the stars- be invincible, indestructible, unassailable, insurmountable. Open your eyes, exhale, relax your muscles, release your fists; you prevailed, the pain is over. Spring 2018 | Surge | 27

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I'm stirring in the melting pot. I am confused. Who am I? The big apple is a fraud. Just deception in the sauce. Beneath the skin lies defeat, Exactly where my soul is lost. Who am I? This apple is rotten For its essence is rooted In the fields of cotton The land of the freethe foundation of sheer inequality. IDENTITY CRISIS BY TEYANNA TERRY, 16 28 | Surge | Spring 2018 How could this land belong to me? Who am I? My identity Washed away by The tides of tradition. So, who am I? I am the essence of Africa. In this place, I must not forget. My role here Is to stay true to self. I am a melanin goddess Walking on the streets 'paved with gold'. Untitled Oil Pastel by Isabella Gavilanes, 12 Spring 2018 | Surge | 29

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