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Join My Mom and Me for a Coffee

We sit across from each other, hands wrapped around our warm lavender mochas—almost mirror images of each other.

letter above a middle school

To My Middle School Idols

Middle school, almost by definition, is not supposed to be a place where anyone thrives.

bare tree with raindrops falling from it

Weeping Willow

What do you do when you’re sad?

I stand tall. 

I become like a tree: 

brick roads or blue background with a door

On Seasons and Motherhood

I knock, gently, on the door, but there is no answer. Perhaps I am at the wrong address.

orange leaf falling on water

for evergreen

my grandfather knows trees

like I know the bark of his calloused hands

their leaves, their roots, their flowers

photo of mary, miriella, and jasmine

The Story of Jasmine (as told by and to Iris)

Our editor, mentor, colleague, friend

Who shepherds Iris to the end,...

Poet and scholar who dares to dream—

In Jasmine’s light we all feel seen.

Portrait of Bailey in orange

The Bailey Middleton Playlist

About a year ago, one of Bailey’s poems hooked me onto Iris as a new reader. Today, as a fellow Iris writer, I get to talk to Bailey about community, her music recommendations, and what Iris has brought to our lives.

Portrait of Caroline

A Storyteller’s Story: The Artistry of Caroline Silvera

Caroline Silvera applied to Iris magazine one year ago as a second year without any writing experience. Surprising right? Most wouldn’t guess by the variety and depth of her pieces, not to mention the title of “author” beneath her name on the Iris website, that she had never considered herself a writer before. 

photo of mary, miriella, and jasmine

On Mary Esselman: A Love Letter to the Girl and the Fish

Mary has lived many lives, as a journalist for People nagazine, a Georgetown University professor, a Discovery Channel documentarian, and a poetry anthologist, but I find her here today, as the living backbone of Iris—or more formally known as Iris Magazine’s program coordinator and editor.

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20 Minutes With Ella Powell

A creative force in the purest form, here is what Ella has to say about her work, her time at Iris, and her professional and authorial goals.