Singer, rapper, and writer Dessa has made a career of bucking genres and defying expectations—she’s performed at Lollapalooza and Glastonbury; co-composed for a 100-voice choir; contributed a song to the “RBG” documentary soundtrack; and appeared on the Billboard charts as a solo artist, a member of the Doomtree hip hop collective, and as a contributor to The Hamilton Mixtape (her track “Congratulations” has notched over 16 million streams). She’s written for The New York Times and National Geographic, presented a TED talk with more than 2 million views, and in 2018 published a memoir titled My Own Devices that tells the story of her life, career, and an ambitious plan to fall out of love. Her most recent full-length record, Sound the Bells, was recorded live with the GRAMMY award winning Minnesota Orchestra. The LA Times says Dessa “sounds like no one else.” The Utne Reader calls her a “one-woman powerhouse.” On the stage and on the page, her style is defined by ferocity, wit, tenderness, and candor.



"Who's Yellen Now?" An interview with Dessa

Dessa discusses her viral hit “Who’s Yellen Now” — a 90-second Hamilton-inspired send-up to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen — one part biography, one part brag rap. She talks about her creative writing process and what she's up to now (her BBC podcast "Deeply Human" launched on International Women's Day 2021) with Girl Geek X founder Angie Chang.