Jason Vasser


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Jason Vasser, a native of St. Louis Missouri, is a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing student who became interested in poetry while attending Visual Performing Arts at Marquette Middle School. He writes poetry that mirrors experiences in life and like most poets, writes his best work when the world is hard. Influenced by artists such as Claude McKay, William Carlos Williams, and Tim Seibles, Jason uses what he experiences in life in his work.
He has served as Co-Director for Studio STL’s Wellston Book Project, How my life has been since I got older, and Pagedale’s Family Support Centers, Superhero Power Book. Jason enjoys using his poetry in the community to help mentor youth.
He got his start performing spoken word poetry at Legacy Books and Café, located near the Delmar Loop in St. Louis. As a performance artist, he has shared stages with The Last Poets, used his poetry as a model while guest lecturing in cultural anthropology courses, and as an anthropology student researched if spoken word poetry is a continuation of storytelling used in West Africa, in his research titled Rhyme and Reason: Poetics as Societal Dialogue.
Jason currently serves as the Coordinator for the Writers in the Schools Program for UM-St. Louis’s English department. In 2012, Jason had two poems “By Definition” a villanelle defining misery and “Sons of Singleton” a poem about the evolution of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. of which he is beloved member published in the Bellerive’s Penumbra.