About the Speaker:
Dessa is a rapper, a singer, and an essayist who earns her living on the road. She’s performed around the world at opera houses, rock clubs, and sometimes standing on barroom tables. Her imaginative writing and ferocious stage presence have been praised by NPR, Forbes, Billboard, the Chicago Tribune, and the LA Times. As a musician, she’s landed on the Billboard Top 200 as a solo artist, a member of the Doomtree collective, and she is a contributor to The Hamilton Mixtape. She’s been published by the New York Times Magazine, MPR, the Star Tribune, Minnesota Monthly, literary journals across the country, and has written two short collections of poetry and essays.
Dessa has delivered presentations on art, science, and entrepreneurship for Fortune 500 companies, the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, the Mayo Clinic, and universities and colleges across the country including Georgetown, Macalester, and the Universities of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Indianapolis. With a witty, charismatic style, she engages, entertains, and inspires audiences from all walks of life.
She splits her time between Manhattan, Minneapolis, and a tour van cruising at six miles per hour above the posted limit. Her first hardcover collection, My Own Devices, was released in September of 2018 from Dutton Books.
The Collective Speakers Series is presented in partnership with the Colorado Chautauqua and Collective Speakers. The Boulder-based agency represents dynamic individuals working for the greater collective and takes pride in their core values of bringing awareness to their areas of specialty, including diversity, social justice, mental health and education. Founded by Sean Lawton in 2018, the agency is pleased to present a new series of lectures that challenge and inspire the Boulder Valley community.