Rapper, singer and essayist Dessa performs and talks poetry, lyrics and her new book, "My Own Devices." A Billboard Top 200 artist who appeared on The Hamilton Mixtape, Dessa is a member of the Minneapolis hip-hop crew Doomtree.
In her literary debut memoir, "My Own Devices: True Stories From the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love," Dessa gives a candid account of her life in the van as a hard-touring musician, her determination to beat long odds to make a name for herself, and her struggle to fall out of love with someone in her band. Raw and intimate, Dessa demonstrates just how far the mind can travel while the body is on the six-hour ride to the next rap show.
Combining musical performance and literary discussion, the AWM's Singers & Songwriters series takes visitors to the intersection of music, poetry, lyricism, and beyond.