Writing is one of the most important aspects of my life. Yet, my words hid from me. As a poet, where does that leave me?
Shayla Astudillo was born in New York City; at a year old they moved to Illinois. In Illinois, they found their love for the arts and multiple life lessons. Coming back to New York City was difficult, but they adapted. They are currently attending high school in Manhattan, NY with their friends. They have dealt with mental illness in their life, which is a strong factor in their writing. They continue their journey with optimism. Their life goal is to spread love to everyone they meet. They hope you can connect to their writing and find your safe place to call home.
Favorite Authors & Artists
Cecelia Ahern, Ellen Hopkins, Emily Brontë
Shayla Astudillo spends their time writing poetry about their current life events or conflicts. These topics include mental health, growth, and becoming a new adult. All their poems ask the reader to look within themselves and ask the bigger picture of how their emotions impact their own lives. They quickly grew into their straightforward writing style that leaves room for interpretation for every reader.
Mental health is often overlooked in society. This poem dives into the mind of a teenager who finally has had enough.
As a teenager grows into adulthood they begin to understand the consequences of their words. They no longer have bliss, and the people around them continue to remind them of it.
Presence delves into stepping into your own footprints. Not needing nor wanting someone else to speak for you. But using your voice no matter the fear or consequences.