Writer • Photographer • Adventurer

The imperfect photo


The Imperfect Photo is an exploration of photography through assessable and engaging poetry. This collection spans the globe and your guide, Jay Desind, shares his experiences and passion for photography and the written word. His unique approach has won him a worldwide audience that continues to grow. 

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The Hotel Vidal


Drawing on over a year of travel to locations in Europe and in the United States, Jay Desind creates brief moments in time where the convergence of mobile photography and language come together to tell stories through poetic images and words. These moments are sometimes personal or more universal; all are told with a keen observance of the world we live in. The prevailing thread that knits them all together is the brave exciting new world of capturing and editing pictures on the fly and writing about them on the same device. This innovative form of expression creates exciting and dynamic easy to read stories that showcase how technology is forever changing and expanding the different ways we see the world.

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Area 51


Jay Desind's third book of poetry and iPhone photography.  Desind travels the world, looking for love and places that don't charge a fortune for Haribo Gummy Bears, and it shows in his writing and photographic choices that he really needs a break. In plain speech, without nary a hint of a 'thee' or a 'thou,' Desind's poetry is reminiscent of Billy Collins. Desind's heartfelt style has won him rave reviews on social media. One person even has said he's pretty terrific.  The truth is, Jay is never boring. 

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Balance?


Balance? is Jay Desind's 4th book in his mini-mogul empire of books. Very soon, he thinks, something will catch on and he'll go Justin Beiber viral (but in a good way before Beiber became a brat with his new group of followers, bratabeiberholics). Yup, this book has more poems and photography. Some of it is fun, some of it is more thoughtful. It's a balance, get it? Become a Jaynarcoleptic today and get your own copy. Better yet, fill up your shelf with all four of his books. They aren't that many pages so you don't need so much shelf space. Especially this book and Area 51 because they are iBook editions. 

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Lost In Language: A Tragicomic memoir


"I admit it. I failed language class in Italy." ...so begins this rollicking comic adventure where nothing is exactly what it seems. Structured around twenty-four Italian language classes, poet and photographer Jay Desind invites you on a quest that goes backwards and forwards through time, surprises with unexpected humor, and shows an emotional range and honesty in a framework of quirky invention.
It’s a memoir about the consequences of loss and the powerful redemptive things that happen when you immerse yourself into the accents, idioms, and traditions of other cultures. 
In the end, it is nothing what you expect and once finished, everything you wish you had experienced for yourself in a comfortable travel outfit.
Lost in Language shares the bravery and unflinching honesty of Eat, Pray, Love and Cheryl Strayed’s Wild. It’s also absurdly funny like the best David Sedaris essay.  What holds it all together is a unique authentic voice that takes the ‘me’ out of memoir and tells a universal story of finding yourself even when no one else is looking for you in the first place.


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