The Poetry of Jason Z Guest


Poetry began as a personal writing exercise during my Latin American travels – one out of personal protest simply to counter the boring rhetoric that so often reduces travel copy. I suppose that the hallmarks of my work are based in adventure, exploration, obscurity, truth and discovery. Typically I focus on themes of travel, nature and culture, illuminating the beauty, brokenness, passion, landscapes, people, places and events, delivered in a two-fisted, spirited voice. 

In 2017 I was honored with my first-ever presentation of work at the International Literary and Art Festival of Santa Ana in El Salvador, and recognized by the Association of Journalists of El Salvador. Quite the surprise, this blessing has provided for a handful of wonderful, developing relationships with poets throughout Colombia, Chile, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, and Spain.

In this same year I was also included into Poetry Machine, a weekly literary exercise spurred on by Austin artist and musician Bob Schneider. In December of 2017 and as my writing increased, I launched Wild Words simply delivering one handwritten poem each week to subscribers. 

In 2018 I will visit the birthplace of Latin America's first Nobel laureate, Gabriella Mistral, and present my poetry to Society of Writers of Chile (SECH), Gabriela Mistral Branch, Coquimbo Region during the XXI Meeting of the World of Culture in La Serena, Vicuña and Paihuano, Chile.

In 2019 I intend to publish a bilingual book of poetry reflecting upon my travels through El Salvador, made available in Central America.