Jan 01

Line Break, Episode 51

Hi everyone! Happy 2022! 
This week I spoke with gracebats about her poem, "Worlds," the multiverse and time travel, middle school, experimenting with poetry, taking inspiration from songs, and annotating books. Also, Oh Snap is returning on January 15th at 1pm Eastern! Sign up through the Events tab on YWP if you're interested in joining us for a fun afternoon of sharing poetry, stories, and random tangents!
I hope you enjoy!
 - Iris

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Dec 04

Line Break New Host Search

Hi everyone!

As you may know, I created Line Break in March 2020, right before the pandemic hit, and I’ve been producing episodes ever since. We just hit the 50th episode milestone, which is so incredible and makes me so happy! I love Line Break and all of the conversations I’ve had with you amazing YWP writers so much. It’s both exciting and bittersweet to announce that I will be handing the podcast over to a new host before I graduate in the spring.

If you love Line Break, YWP, writing, podcasts, and talking to people about these topics and much more, please send me a message through the site. I’d love to talk with you about Line Break and how it would work for you to host, plus any new ideas for changing things up! Ideally, you would also have some knowledge of audio editing/production, but if not it’s easy to learn. I would train you for a few weeks until you’re comfortable, and then you would take over.
Nov 21

Line Break, Episode 50, Part 2: Alumni Advice to YWP

Hi everyone! Here is the special "Alumni Advice to YWP" episode of Line Break! This week, I spoke with YWP alum (and Seattle Youth Poet Laureate!) Yellow Sweater about the college prep process, starting college early, taking classes that interest us, information sessions and college tours, getting involved in student organizations, having people support you, transitioning into adulthood suddenly, keeping writing and YWP in our lives, and upcoming milestones. 
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Nov 06

Line Break, Episode 50 Part 1

Hi everyone! This week I spoke with Lizzy_Rights about her poem, "The Ten Most Beautiful Things," Hallmark movies, dogs versus cats, going through difficult times, finding similarities between ourselves and book characters, relating feminism to chess, and bullet journaling. 
I hope you enjoy! Don't forget to sign up for the next Oh Snap! Online Open Mic hosted by amaryllis and I on Nov. 20 at 1pm Eastern! Can't wait to see you there! :)

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Oct 23

Line Break, Episode 49

Hi everyone! This week I spoke to The Lone Cat about her poem, "Ripeness," getting through writing failures, being gullible, feeling too young to write fiction, poets as performers, and me being a motivational speaker. 
I hope you enjoy!
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Oct 09

Line Break, Episode 48

Hi everyone! This week I spoke with Spoopy_Mouse about his poem, "For My Older Sister," our siblings, books we've read and are hoping to read, writing short stories, and finding meter in poetry. I hope you enjoy!

Also, amaryllis and I will be hosting another Oh Snap! YWP Online Open Mic on Oct. 16th at 1pm Eastern! We'd love to have you join us for a fun afternoon of sharing writing and talking about all sorts of topics! Send me or amaryllis a message on the site if you have any questions and be sure to sign up!


By Spoopy_Mouse

You were brisk with your walking
Ignoring Oregon, and all unsaid
Before the goodbye
I fell behind admiring a slug
Knelt to let it crawl across my palm
I imagined your toys
Dusty, in our attic of ancient things
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Sep 29
fiction, audio, opinion challenge: Heavens
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YWP Contest Week 4 Heavens

Liam Brown

Age 11

Essex Junction
There I was, Fighting Goliath, the biggest monster in here. I was pinned in midair fighting for my life. My Father once said “The end of something always sparks something new.” Yeah right, when something or someone ends it ENDS. 

     Hold on, I should probably start from the beginning. When I was born the priest said I was destined to do something great. Every year as I grew, so did the pit in my stomach, nothing great was happening. When you live in the infinite black abyss it's quite hard to achieve greatness when there is nothing around.
Sep 18

Line Break, Episode 46

Hi everyone! This week I spoke with infinitelyinfinite3 about her essay, "Insecure," getting our licenses soon, the responsibilities of growing up, being scared of dialogue, losing friendships and having crushes, and Emily Dickinson. 
I hope you enjoy! 

By infinitelyinfinite3

I turn fifteen in exactly sixteen days. That, in and of itself, is terrifying. Difficult to explain, really, but I am a writer — that is my job — to explain, to entertain, to engage. And so, here I stand, holding my innermost pains out to you all. 
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Sep 04

Line Break, Episode 45

Hi everyone! This week I spoke with liebeslied about her poem, "Goldfinch," thinking about love and falling in love with strangers, "The Little Prince," and writing for yourself instead of others.
Also, amaryllis and I are going to be hosting another Oh Snap! Online Open Mic on September 18th at 1pm Eastern Time. Join us to share your writing, listen to other cool writers share their pieces, and have random discussions about anything we think of! The sign-up is here and on the front page of YWP, and we'd love to see you there!
I hope you enjoy this episode!
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Aug 21

Line Break, Episode 44

Hi everyone!

This week I spoke with Geri about her poem, "Truly Alone," feeling lonely during the pandemic, experimenting with poetry forms, our love for words, libraries, and writing that we adore. I hope you enjoy this episode! 

Also, amaryllis and I will be hosting another series of Oh Snap! Online Open Mics from September through May! Check out the front page of YWP to see the announcement and sign up sheet for September.

We'd love to have you join us for a fun afternoon of sharing our writing and discussing random topics! 
- Iris

Truly Alone
By Geri

I wrote this during the Writing With Reuben workshop. Really fun workshop!

I have learned what it means to be lonely. 

Staring at my phone screen,
letters all in blue, 
silently begging for a reply. 
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Aug 07

Line Break, Episode 43

Hi everyone! This week I spoke with Coraline Hart about her poem, "Lemonade," (see below), phonesthetics (words that sound pretty), summer and music, seeing houses we used to live in, horror movies, and the best bookstore in the world. 
I hope you enjoy!
- Iris
By Coraline Hart
The sour taste sizzles on your tongue,
sweetness stings your taste buds
hot summer beams on us when we're young
ice cools the drink so it suds
the sweet and sour brings back splashes
of sunburned, chlorine soaked children
not thinking about incoming classes
the couple play a tune for the steamed night
while sweet and sour collide
lightning bugs glow bright
in hopes that one day she'll be my bride
That's what I think of summer serenade
whenever I drink lemonade 
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Jul 24

Line Break, Episode 42

Jul 19

Take a pause and listen!

Jul 10

Line Break, Episode 41

Jun 26

Line Break, Episode 40

Hi everyone! This week Treblemaker and I both wrote poems based on the prompt: what does cinnamon remind you of? In this episode, we talk about my poem, "cinnamon" and Treblemaker's poem, "Cinnamon," how we interpret prompts, The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe, coffee, associating smells with family members, and reflections of how we've changed since we last spoke in Episode 19
Also, I wanted to thank YWP again for allowing Line Break to be here for 40 episodes! I've had so much fun recording and I hope that you enjoy listening. 
- Iris

Intro and outro music: "Jazzy Frenchy" from Bensound.com.
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Jun 12

Line Break, Episode 39

Hi everyone! This week I spoke with reeseriversandstone about her poem, "Dreamsicle, Belly Up," memory, our childhoods, contradictions and duality, and neuroscience (but in simple terms!). 
I hope you enjoy!

Intro and outro music: "Jazzy Frenchy" from Bensound.com.
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May 29

Line Break, Episode 38

Hi everyone! This week I spoke with Sawyer Fell about their poem, "Exulansis," hidden meanings in poems, searching for the right words, reclaiming our power after toxic friendships, and Rudy Francisco and Sabrina Benaim (I've linked some of their spoken word pieces below).
I hope you enjoy this episode!

Here is "To The Girl Who Works At Starbucks" by Rudy Francisco (a really fun and beautiful love poem): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTL1yA2XJYI 
And here is "My Honest Poem," also by Rudy Francisco: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDa4WTZ_58M
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May 15

Line Break, Episode 37

Hi everyone! This week I spoke with Penelope about her story, "The Purple Flowers," writing down ideas even if they aren't amazing, Christmas trees, including the pandemic in writing, and stories speaking to different people. Also, sign up for the last Oh Snap! Online Open Mic of the school year on May 29th at 1pm EDT to share a poem or story and talk about all sorts of random topics, including writing! 
I hope you enjoy!

Intro and outro music: "Jazzy Frenchy" from Bensound.com.
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May 01

cant hear u EP

I did promise you guys an EP of my electronic songs, so here it is. 
6 tracks, 
4 electronic,
2 with singing.
Hope you enjoy <3 
May 01

Line Break, Episode 36

Hi everyone! This week I spoke with GreyBean about her poem, "A Dreamer," missing live concerts, vintage stores, writing about characters, reading more than one book at once, and getting advice from Lin-Manuel Miranda. 
I hope you enjoy!

Intro and outro music: "Jazzy Frenchy" from Bensound.com.
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