About


About
I come from a seventh-generation Texas family and am a native of 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.

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, I also spent nearly a decade in commercial and public sales and marketing with tech giants Dell and SolarWinds.

Wild Words

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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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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.

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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

Led by the prompt of "things in boxes" this poem explores the concept of keepsakes.

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No Vacancy

A product of the Poetry Machine creative writers group, this poem began with the prompt "no matter how".

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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 both 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 fed from a simple prompt.

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Perdí un hombre que se encontró

La poesía ofrece un enfoque único para las retrospectivas de viajes y la inspiración. El poema "Perdí un hombre se encontró" observa a dos extraños divididos por una barrera del idioma, pero de alguna manera capaces de comunicarse.

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04Apr

The story behind the poetry of Texas poet Jason Z Guest.

Poetry began as a personal writing exercise during my Latin American travels – one rooted in protest.    

Why?  Well, it offered an outlet to counter the tiresome rhetoric that so often reduces travel copy – something that I have witnessed both in publishing and travel writing.

Poetry became my vehicle of choice for authentic storytelling.   

As a Texas poet, my work is rooted in adventure and discovery and tends to focus on themes of travel, nature, and culture, illuminating the beauty, brokenness, passion, landscapes, people, places and events, all delivered in a 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 (FIALSA) and recognized by the Association of Journalists of El Salvador.  Quite the surprise, this opened doors to a handful of wonderful relationships with poets throughout the Spanish-speaking world, including Canary Islands, Colombia, Chile, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, and Spain.   

By good fortune, I was also welcomed into Poetry Machine, a weekly literary exercise led by Austin musician and artist Bob Schneider.  

Later this same year I launched Wild Words, a newsletter with the simple idea of delivering one handwritten poem each week to e-mail subscribers.    

In October of 2018, poetry took me to South America, into the birthplace of Latin America's first Nobel laureate, Gabriela Mistral, by invitation of the Society of Writers of Chile (SECH), Gabriela Mistral Branch, Coquimbo Region.  Here I presented my poetry during the XXI Meeting of the World of Culture of 2018, across the Valle de Elqui in locations around Coquimbo, La Serena, Pisco Elqui and Paihuano, Chile.  I participated not only as the first Texas poet, but as the first American invited by SECH.

In 2019 poetry will take me into Colombia and Argentina. I will also publish my first book of poetry, a bilingual edition reflecting upon my travels throughout El Salvador.

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