Issue 01 – The Loneliness Issue

Welcome to HopeIRL’s first issue—The Loneliness Issue.

The stories in this issue are all from young people dealing with a common theme, they are surrounded by people, but often feel lonely. If you feel like that, please know you’re not alone. We hope these stories bring you a sense of comfort, and might even encourage you to go out and invest in your own social connections.

Toes

Icicles pressed against one another Under clean sheets,  fitting like  puzzle pieces Little piggies heading…

Accepting Loneliness

There was a time in my old apartment that I used to search up and…

The Quarantine Poem You Won’t Read

Time doesn’t exist anymore​—My days are no longer spent, but experienced The sun still comes…

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HopeIRL Vol 1, Issue 1

The Loneliness Issue Welcome to HopeIRL, a zine by young people for young people. The…

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Social Media Makes Me Anxious

Featured Artist: Christopher Lloyd Chang “What you’re describing is grief.” Those words were spoken by…

Lonely AF

A Personal Perspective on Loneliness in College What does loneliness look like to you? If…

My Loneliness Experience and Awakening

My sophomore year of college I lived in a Berkeley duplex with my four best…
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A Kiss

A poem Was it right? Had I sacrificed my emotional timeline in favor of the…

Editor’s Letter: Issue 1

Welcome to Hope IRL’s first issue. We are so excited that you’ve found us. This…

Reflections of a First-Year College Student

“We’ll call every weekend.” “Promise.” “And every free night.” “Yes.” We stayed there hugging in…