j.Nicholas & Company

Teaching artist

Consultations include:  

Basic writing skills

College writing

Content writing

Concept to Manuscript

Creative Writing Workshop

Essay development


Grant Review

Manuscript appraisal

Let’s W.R.A.P. Workshop

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Center for Creative Arts (COCA) edu program with Sigel Elementary: Collaboration with Alicia Sunshine Depry-Gbaho and Syrhea Conaway 


Reading poems at Emge Elementary School

"In Shrimp, jason vasser-elong casts past, present, and future into the waters of fitful reckoning. His words emerge from the waves and froth, spelling out the truths behind ancestry and individuality."

     - Ron Austin, professor, author and 2016 Regional Arts Commission Fellow

"Through the inviting poems in Shrimp, jason vasser-elong includes us on his lyric quest to determine who he is and in what ways he as an individual connects with his family, his multi-racial lineage and present day society. With quiet determination, poetic poise and concision, in shrimp he paints for us a powerful portrait of a man unafraid to examine himself and his surroundings, whether he's in the kitchen cooking dinner or walking down Delmar Boulevard in St. Louis."


- Sally Van Doren, poet, artist and author of the poetry collection, Promise: Poems (2017).

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"jason vasser-elong's verse pulls at the very sinews of our heart muscles. With a surgeon's eye, he moves from massaging the muscle to life - 'she looks back over her tomb/then back into the trees/ trembling to the shore' - to incisive cutting - 'beneath my skin are feathers,/ what comes out as words are really songs.' The dexterity with which he moves between subjectivities serves to create an adventurous collection;  alternately gripping with suspenseful narrative, and, and at times, drenched in sorrowful, knowing lyricism. shrimp is an astounding debut collection." 

- Treasure Shields-Redmond, poet, speaker, diversity and inclusion coach, and social justice educator. 

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"The Mirror" 
After an essay I wrote of the same name .