Jason N. Vasser
Jason N. Vasser is a poet, essayist, and lover of the performing arts that was born and raised in Saint Louis but has roots in Cameroon, Central Africa.
He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL) after studying anthropology and publishing his ethnographic thesis Rhyme and Reason: Poetics as Societal Dialogue. His poetry has appeared in many local publications and currently has an essay “Treading the Atlantic” in the special edition of the Canadian Journal of Netherlandic Studies – Netherlandic Migrations: Narratives from North America and a poem, “If/Then” in Black Lives Have Always Mattered, edited by Abiodun Oyewole and published by 2Leaf Press in New York. Over the years Jason has appeared in the St. Louis Post Dispatch in an article written by Jane Henderson titled “Poetry can be an early form of artistic response to trauma”, in response to issues in Ferguson, Missouri, has donated time and talent throughout the St. Louis area programming, performing, and using poetry as a form of outreach, for programs such as Outside In: Paint For Peace, One Hundred Thousand Poets and Musicians for Change, and others. He is active in the community as a Community Arts Training fellow, board member of the Saint Louis Poetry Center, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and in other organizations. Later this spring, Jason will be featured in a documentary “Never Been a Time”, produced and directed by Denise Ward of Washington University and internationally in “The Art and Culture of Cameroon”, written, produced and directed by Daniel Anagho, and is currently editing Ethical values of Bamileke traditions, written by Chief Ouabo Gouamou (Wabo Gooamo) of Cameroon. When not writing at Meshuggah Café in U-City, Jason is a program specialist in community arts at the Missouri Arts Council, where is proud to help support Missouri arts based organizations.