Jul 19

Take a pause and listen!

Jul 10

Line Break, Episode 41

Jun 26

cinnamon

like vanilla bean freckles on your cinnamon hands, i followed the constellations left by saffron strands. i drank lattes every morning when you were gone. i measured the coffee grounds and poured steaming water over the parchment, frothed milk and let it slip into a mug. i sprinkled nutmeg on top, added a stripe of caramel, maybe. honey or cardamom or sugar if i was feeling fancy. i held those mugs so gently, placed them so lightly on the wooden nightstand. like chamomile and rose petals steeped for hours, i stained myself with memories. of you, of driving in the middle of the night, of reaching for the moonlight even when it disappeared behind the dense clouds. i let you have my leather jacket. i stuffed notes in the pockets and waited for you to unfurl them like roses, yet you never sent a reply. i tell these stories to your ghost: the days when you were away, when the shadows came too quickly, when time and mugs fell from my hands as if i was made of feathers.

 
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.
 
Audio download:
Podcast40Edited!!.mp3
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!
-Iris 

Intro and outro music: "Jazzy Frenchy" from Bensound.com.
Audio download:
Podcast39Edited!!.mp3
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!
-Iris

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
Audio download:
Podcast38Edited!!.mp3
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!
-Iris

Intro and outro music: "Jazzy Frenchy" from Bensound.com.
Audio download:
Podcast37Edited!!.mp3
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!
-Iris 

Intro and outro music: "Jazzy Frenchy" from Bensound.com.
Audio download:
Podcast36Edited!!.mp3
Apr 17

Line Break, Episode 35

Hi everyone! This week I spoke with ivyparks about her poem, "glistening sea glass hearts," blue cotton candy, writing about feelings, talking to strangers, Harry Potter and my big announcement, and Rainbow Rowell's books. Also, the next Oh Snap! Open Mic is April 24th at 1 p.m. EDT! Sign up if you'd like to join us for a very fun afternoon of reading poetry and sharing our thoughts on all different writing and book related topics!
I hope you enjoy!
-Iris

Intro and outro music: "Jazzy Frenchy" from Bensound.com.
Audio download:
Podcast35Edited!!.mp3
Apr 03

Line Break, Episode 34

Hi everyone! This week I spoke with Roses about her poem, "gray," mythology, water as a metaphor, taking inspiration from Line Break (listen to Episode 30, Part 2 here!), North Dakota possibly being home to Area 51, and seventh grade drama. A little subway rumbling can be heard throughout this episode, but it shouldn't be too bad. 
I hope you enjoy! Also, send me a message if you're interested in recording a Line Break episode! I'd love to talk about your poem and tons of other cool writing-related and completely random topics. 
-Iris

Intro and outro music: "Jazzy Frenchy" from Bensound.com.
Audio download:
Podcast34Edited!!.mp3
Mar 25

One: A Year of Line Break in Photos and Writing

Mar 14

Happy Birthday, Line Break!

Hi everyone! March 14th is exactly a year since I posted the very first episode of Line Break, and I am so happy and grateful to everyone who has been on the podcast, listened to the episodes, and supported Line Break in any way! It means so much to me that I’ve been able to create episodes for an entire year (wow!!), talk about writing with amazing young writers and share their work for others to appreciate and be inspired by. Thank you so much, YWP!! Keep an eye out for a special episode coming soon! 
 
-Iris
 
Thank you to:
Mar 06

Line Break, Episode 32

Hi everyone! This week I spoke with IceGalaxy about their poem, "White Dress," using imagery, the magic of bookstores, second-person POV in writing, thinking about the future, my existential crisis about turning 17, and looking for truth and honesty in books. 
I hope you enjoy! 
-Iris

Intro and outro music: "Jazzy Frenchy" from Bensound.com.
Audio download:
Podcast32Edited!!.mp3
Feb 20

Line Break, Episode 31

Hi everyone! This week I spoke with Sunflowergirl about her poem, "Forget Me Please," being inspired by the weather, pulling an all-nighter, feeling giddy at funerals, going to big cities, and admiring other YWP writers. Also, I mentioned that Yellow Sweater and I are hosting another Oh Snap! YWP Online Open Mic on February 27th at 1pm EST. You can sign up here to join us, and we'd love to see you there! 
I hope you enjoy!
Iris

Intro and outro music: "Jazzy Frenchy" from Bensound.com.
Audio download:
Podcast31Edited!!.mp3