Jason Vasser-Elong


St. Louis , MO
Missouri US

Author's Bio

After studying anthropology and earning an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, Jason Vasser-Elong published his debut collection of poetry Shrimp (2Leaf Press), in April of 2018, distributed by the University of Chicago Press. 

Jason’s essays and other works have been featured in The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the St. Louis American and among other publications, he also has a peer reviewed essay “Treading the Atlantic” in the special edition of the Canadian Journal of Netherlandic Studies – Netherlandic Migrations: Narratives from North America. His most recent poetry appears in The St. Louis Anthology (Belt Publishing, 2019), the latest in their City Anthology Series. 

Literary agent: 
Gabrielle David, 2Leaf Press

Publications & Prizes

Shrimp (2Leaf Press, 2018)

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Carl Phillips, Tim Seibles, Sally Van Doren, James Baldwin, Carl Sandburg, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Ron Austin, Hayden Carruth, and Treasure Shields-Redmond.
What I'm reading now: 
The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Poetry by Edited by Rita Dove , The Tradition by Jericho Brown

More Information

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Identifies as: 
African American
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Born in: 
Saint Louis , MO
Raised in: 
Saint Louis , MO
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Last update: Jul 18, 2020