Sally Ferris, mentee
Sally Ferris is a fifteen-year-old sophomore at Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan. She was awarded Best Writer of her class in 2012. She has the most experience composing short stories, but hopes to become stronger in all genres, especially playwriting and poetry. Additionally, Sally enjoys singing, playing guitar, reading, and surfing.
Jennifer Doerr, mentor
Jennifer Doerr is a writer of prose, plays and non-fiction. She spent over five years working in corporate events as a writer and editor and performed stand up comedy at clubs all over New York City before earning her MFA in Creative Writing from The New School. She has written for the famed improv troupe The Groundlings, and pitched an original sitcom pilot to NBC as a finalist in The Bravo network's Situation: Comedy competition. She is a congregational deacon in her Lutheran church and blogs about spiritual matters at wordandservice.wordpress.com.
I wrote this poem about two weeks after my first breakup. I found that I missed the person a lot less than I had anticipated, but somehow still longed to have him back in my life. In writing this poem I discovered three things: first;companionship is easily taken for granted. Second, the current state of events doesn't change good things of the past. Third, a breakup can be a great reality check for both parties. This poem will explore loneliness, transition, and what it means to not miss a person as much as the spot they filled in your life.