Dessa is a rapper, writer, and member of the Doomtree collective. Her most recent album, Parts of Speech, debuted at #76 on the Billboard charts. Literary wit and a magnetic live show have earned praise from critics throughout the U.S. and in Europe. She has written two literary collections: Spiral Bound is primarily creative nonfiction, and A Pound of Steam is a poetry chapbook. Her essays have appeared in The Star Tribune, Minnesota Monthly, and on MPR.