JASON Z GUEST

A TEXAS POET, CELEBRATED THROUGHOUT THE AMERICAS.

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Wordsmithing across the Americas

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About


I am a seventh-generation Texan and native to the arguably famous Paris, Texas. The patriarch of our family surveyed uncharted territories, laying down roots in the 1830s. Family lore tells of his intent to join Austin's colony, a community that my family now calls home.

As an avocation, I write poetry. A lifetime of colorful characters and southern charm have shaped my voice. Never shy to storytelling, I belong to an obscure Texas order affectionately known for its satire and contribute weekly to a creative writing group led by Austin musician Bob Schneider.

The stylistic hallmarks of my poetry are rooted in adventure and discovery and tend to focus on themes of travel, nature, and culture, illuminating the beauty, passion, and brokenness found in people, places and events.

A late bloomer to the poetic form, I was featured as 2020's first poet of the week in Mexico, published by Noticias Voz e Imagen of the Oaxaca/Chiapas region. In 2018, I visited South America by honorable invitation of The Society of Writers of Chile, presenting my poetry in the birthplace of Latin America’s first and celebrated Nobel Laureate in Literature, Gabriela Mistral. My poems first featured at the International Literary and Arts Festival of Santa Ana in El Salvador in 2017. Click here to review news, features and appearances.

By trade, I own and operate a boutique travel and music communications firm, Guest Public, which has afforded me the good fortune to work on several Texas music projects including the Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Association, Texas Songwriter U, and alongside industry leadership, award-winning artists, and celebrated Texas songwriters.

I have also partnered in Argentina-based Caburé Films which feeds my love for Latin America travel. In a past life I started media brand Centro Y Sur, recognized as 2011 Publication Design of the Year, and in 2006 co-founded Pure Golf, Inc., which became the PGA TOUR Radio on SiriusXM. A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Missouri at Columbia, I also spent nearly a decade in commercial and public sales and marketing with tech leaders Dell and SolarWinds.

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