What does it feel like to exist? According to the writers of the 2019 826CHI Teen Writers Studio, existing feels like belting “I Want You Back” with your mom on the way home from violin lessons, like catching and releasing butterflies, like being mesmerized by someone’s laugh. It feels like making new friends, losing a loved one, and hoping to be accepted by a new country and new city.
Featuring a foreword by poet Tara Betts, This Is What It Feels Like to Exist is collection of stories, memoirs, and poems from high school writers from across Chicago. This anthology will having you looking at Chicago and the experiences of the youth who call it home with new eyes, seeing the dark spots of these students’ realities, anxieties, and fears, and their glowing pride in their city, their loved ones, and themselves.