Isaura Lira Greene, a senior at Great River High School, is a 2011 graduate of ThreeSixty’s Intro to Journalism Camp. She has contributed artwork, stories and personal essays to ThreeSixty, including a powerful piece on her struggles with synesthesia, a condition that causes her to experience one sense at the same time as another.
Hometown: St. Paul
Favorite author: I love all good authors, but for now, Markus Zusak and J.K. Rowling.
Favorite musician(s): Enya, Trampled By Turtles, Bob Marley, Fleetwood Mac, Clash, Doors and The Cure
Favorite movie(s): Mirror Mask, Harry Potter, Hunger Games and Whale Rider
Favorite places/things to do in the Twin Cities: Going to the library and May Day Parade, volunteering, hanging out at the beach and Hancock Recreation Center
If you could interview anyone (living) who would it be? Maya Angelou, Emma Watson, Suheir Hammad, Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer, Dessa, Antoinette Tuff, Andy Goldsworthy, Amber Riley, Alfie Enoch, Amanda Stenburg, Keke Palmer, Evanna Lynch, Annasophia Robb, Asa Butterfield, Chloe Grace Moretz and Rigo Starr. Black actressess who rarely get attention in the media but have talent: Tamora Pierce and Diana Wynn Jones.
What do you like about writing? I love to feel the energy that flows from my heart through the pen onto the paper. I am always surprised with what turns out and how good I feel after harboring something in my head for so long.
What issues are important to you? Mental illness/depression, racial inequality, climate change, marriage inequality, Illiteracy, gender inequality
What is your ideal future career? Journalist/broadcast journalist, creative writer (who has time to write poems), report on science issues because I always like to wonder and ask questions. I also want to be on TED Talks and make a grand speech like Martin Luther King, Jr., be poet laureate.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? Mexico, Central America and South America. I hope to take a Semester At Sea in college so I can go all over.
What are your special talents? I am creative, artistic, a reader, a writer, a poet, a questioner and an intuitive person.
What do you do when you’re not at school? Reading, writing, drawing, chatting online or volunteering.
What else do you think people should know about you? I am almost from every continent except Asia and Australia.