Letter from the Editor
Art by Kirsten Hemrich
Welcome to a New Year! In January, we push ourselves to resolve new paths and fresh ways of doing things. This could mean anything, from going for a run every once in a while, to picking up our journals and meditating on each day. It could be reconnecting with an old friend, or finally getting yourself out of a toxic relationship that has been bringing you down for years. For me, this means a 7th attempt in just as many months to give up eating pizza in my clean sheets. It’s getting out of hand. But nothing brings me more joy than eating cheese, bread, and mushrooms while I’m horizontal watching Fyre Fraud for the fourth time this month.
So what’s new for Iris? Well this time around we’re mixing things up. This month, we are excited to be publishing our Freelance Edition! Our Iris team could not have been more impressed with all of the submissions we received, and we are happy to be a platform for these voices that were so willing to share their work with us. This issue is truly a testament to the talent of our team and our readership as well. It has everything, from poems contributed by Daisy Bassen, Chloë Ester K. Cook, Uma Menon, and Christine E. Black, to short personal stories, written by Judith K. Lang Hilgartner, Isabella Ciambotti, Ibtehal Jastaniah, and Myka Gales-Greene. We even have a film review of one of the most talked about movies of the year, written by Elizabeth Amarosi. What more could you ask for from our very talented, creative, and dedicated group of guest writers?
January. An incredibly inspired month that reminds us that there is never a right time to begin again. Renewal is always on the horizon, something we can find throughout the year and continue to pursue way past the end of winter. If there is anything I’ve learned in this month alone, it’s this: don’t go to a music festival promoted by Kendall Jenner, don’t trust anyone named Joe, and lastly, marinara sauce is incredibly hard to get out of a duvet cover. Cheers!