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
Feb 06

Line Break, Episode 30 Part 2

Hi everyone! Here is the very special Episode 30, Part 2 of Line Break! Amaryllis and I gave each other lines that we wrote, which we used as inspiration to write our own poems. My poem, january., can be found here, and amaryllis' poem, hallowed halos, hollow be thy name can be found here. In this episode, we talked about our poems, superstitions, my writing process, writing songs versus poems, memories, and what it was like to write using each others' lines. 
I hope you enjoy this episode, and thank you to everyone at YWP for supporting Line Break and creating a really amazing podcast with me! 
-Iris

Intro and outro music: "Jazzy Frenchy" from Bensound.com.
Audio download:
Podcast30pt2Edited!!!.mp3
Feb 06

january.

(listen to episode 30, part 2 of Line Break to listen to how this poem was inspired by a line that amaryllis wrote, and to listen to her poem that was inspired by one of my lines!) 

Periwinkle skies in the middle of the night. The inelegant purr of my typewriter. Lucid dreams, I’m aware of a complete numbness in my body that I mistake for loneliness.

I only throw pennies in pairs, seventeen years of tossing salt over my shoulder never blinded any demons. I want to crack open pistachios while the world orbits around me, the Earth itself is sometimes poetry.
 
Cacao powder, dried flowers pressed into books with gilded pages, spilled espresso makes ink beads that spread out on homemade paper like a ripple in the water.
 
Jan 23
audio challenge: Podcast

Line Break, Episode 30 Part 1

Hi everyone! This week I spoke with TreePupWriter about her poem, "Cilantro Flowers," yoga, being young and having a simple life, writing about small things, and taking big meaning from picture books. Also, Yellow Sweater and I are hosting another Oh Snap! Online Open Mic on January 30th at 7pm EST. Sign up if you want to join us for a fun night of sharing and listening to poetry!
I hope you enjoy!
-Iris

Intro and outro music: "Jazzy Frenchy" from Bensound.com.
Audio download:
Podcast30Pt1Edited!!!.mp3
Jan 14

"I want the ocean"

Saltwater is sometimes
the only safe place to hide,
sunken under miles of ocean,
hiding between the corals and
schools of zebra-striped fish.
I whisper your name again
and again like a prayer
but there’s never any response.
All I hear is the echo
of lovers who drowned.
I can’t build stepping stones
across the Atlantic
but I could pretend you’re
sitting next to me beside the
seaweed.
The shadows of my feet
kick up clouds of sand
from the ocean floor.
I feel sorry
for the salty creatures
who watch me from the abyss
in the same way that
I feel sorry for people
who have never seen
the world from above,
when the cities become toys
for the clouds to toss around,
and the cars and the people
vanish as if they never existed
at all. It’s the same way in reverse
underwater, the world lifts or maybe
you fall, there’s no air to breathe,