Episode 3: #GiftOfWords with Jason Vasser Elong
Building bridges over society's fault lines starts with hearing each other's stories. Artists, teachers, students, and activists wield their words in interviews with Michelle Haberberger of YourWords STL. Gather wisdom from those working toward equity in one of the nation's most divided cities.
YourWords STL is a non-profit organization that uses tutoring, creative writing workshops, and collaborative projects to help amplify the voices of St. Louis youth. Learn more at http://www.yourwordsstl.org.
Our intro sounds are provided by Joey Ferber. Our outro sounds are from the song "For Me" on Aysia Berlynn's new album, Synth & Soul.
Rhyme and Reason: Poetics as Societal Dialogue was the ethnographic capstone for an anthropology student that searched for meaning in the poetry of spoken word poets in St. Louis, Missouri. After earning a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, Jason Vasser-Elong published his debut collection of poetry Shrimp (2Leaf Press), which analyzes identity in a post-colonial context, in April of 2018, distributed by the University of Chicago Press. While using an anthropological lens, Jason continues to research identity.