Presenter Bio

Stef Tirado is married and lives in downtown Rochester with her in-laws and eight cats. She is in the process of publishing her first novel, and is working on her graduate degree in Creative Writing at the College at Brockport. Stef is fascinated by psychology, the paranormal, politics, and criminology; when she is not writing or studying she is researching mental illnesses, conspiracy theories, and parapsychology, or watching documentaries about the supernatural or serial killers. Most of her work is about these topics. She is also an accomplished artist and spends much of her time drawing or painting.

Presentation Type

Creative writing – Reading

Presentation Title

The Moss Will Grow Over Us

Session Title

Creative Writers Forum

Abstract

I would like to present an original poem for the SEGue Conference. The poem, called “The Moss Will Grow Over Us,” mainly focuses on the difficulties of loving and supporting a person with mental illness, specifically when the person supporting them must leave them behind for their own safety and stability. This poem takes the trope of abandonment and turns it on its head; it is told from the point of view of the person abandoning, instead of the abandoned. It is essentially a formal goodbye letter from the departing party, but one of love and failed attempts at empathy and support. This poem specifically focuses on Anti-social Personality Disorder, but also fits a number of other mental illnesses as well. It is autobiographical, a letter to my best friend, who I do not have the opportunity to say goodbye to. Additionally, I would like to note that it is a longer poem, formatted in twelve short chapters, each showing a different stage in the journey.

Location

2nd floor Lounge

Start Date

23-4-2016 1:10 PM

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Apr 23rd, 1:10 PM

The Moss Will Grow Over Us

2nd floor Lounge

I would like to present an original poem for the SEGue Conference. The poem, called “The Moss Will Grow Over Us,” mainly focuses on the difficulties of loving and supporting a person with mental illness, specifically when the person supporting them must leave them behind for their own safety and stability. This poem takes the trope of abandonment and turns it on its head; it is told from the point of view of the person abandoning, instead of the abandoned. It is essentially a formal goodbye letter from the departing party, but one of love and failed attempts at empathy and support. This poem specifically focuses on Anti-social Personality Disorder, but also fits a number of other mental illnesses as well. It is autobiographical, a letter to my best friend, who I do not have the opportunity to say goodbye to. Additionally, I would like to note that it is a longer poem, formatted in twelve short chapters, each showing a different stage in the journey.