JASON Z GUEST

TEXAS POET

About


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

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. That desire of my ancestors to look beyond the horizon lives within me.

A late bloomer to the poetic form, I visited South America in 2018 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.

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 performance rights organizations, GRAMMY Award-winning artists and many Texas Hall of Fame 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 giants Dell and SolarWinds.

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News


IN THE NEWS
APPEARANCES
  • 2018 October: Chile: Society of Writers of Chile (SECH), Gabriela Mistral Branch, Coquimbo Region, XXI Meeting of the World of Culture in La Serena, Vicuña and Paihuano. / Sociedad de Escritores de Chile (SECH), Filial Gabriela Mistral, Región de Coquimbo, XXI Encuentro del Mundo de la Cultura, en La Serena, Vicuña y Paihuano.
  • 2017 April: El Salvador: Autonomous University of El Salvador, Santa Ana, International Festival of Art and Literature. / La Universidad Autónoma de Santa Ana, El Salvador. El Festival Internacional de Arte y Literatura.

Poetry


A limited selection of poetry by Jason Z Guest

Miraflores

Time spent on Rio Chagres fed this retrospective of Panamá.

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Open When Ready

Exploring the sentimentality in keepsakes.

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No Vacancy

A taste of the Texas Hill Country life.

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Channel Hate

A triolet capturing my thoughts on mainstream media.

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Sighs (Of the Salvadoran Coffee Farmer)

Four related poems reflecting upon the wilds of everyday life around the crater-lake region of Lago de Coatepeque, El Salvador.

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Balm In Gilead

A poem of witness.

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My latest creative writing project, Wild Words, delivers handwritten poetry by e-mail each week to subscribers. Each poem is simply fed by everyday prompts and observations. Equally two-fisted and passionate, works may range from the beautiful to the obscure.

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Contact


  • Austin, Texas, United States

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