Dessa is an internationally touring musician and writer who has built a career by bucking genre conventions and industry trends. She’s appeared on the Billboard Top 200 list as a solo artist, as a member of Doomtree, and for her contribution to The Hamilton Mixtape. She’s been published by the New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, and literary journals across the country. The paperback edition of her essay collection, My Own Devices (Dutton Books, Penguin Random House) was released in August 2019; in November, Dessa released Sound The Bells, a live album of her groundbreaking collaboration with the Minnesota Orchestra.