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Author Event | Dessa


Friday October 12, 2018: 7:00pm to 8:30pm


Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room


A rapper, singer, essayist and proud member of the Doomtree hip-hop crew, Dessa discusses her new memoir, My Own Devices: True Stories from the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love in an interview with Detroit based storyteller Patricia Wheeler.

In her literary debut, 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 show. 

Dessa has 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 as a contributor to The Hamilton Mixtape. She’s been published by the New York Times Magazine, MPR, the Star TribuneMinnesota Monthly, literary journals across the country, and has written two short collections of poetry and essays. She splits her time between Manhattan, Minneapolis, and a tour van cruising at six miles per hour above the posted limit. 

Patricia Wheeler is a producer, writer, and storyteller from Hell, Michigan based in Detroit. She is The Moth’s Michigan producer, and curates and MCs storytelling shows at music festivals across the country. Her stories have been published in Storytelling Magazine, the Great Lakes Review, and more. She has told stories with Risk!, The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers, and others. She leads workshops to help businesses and individuals harness the power of story within their work. Find her at

This event includes a book signing and books will be available for purchase.



This event will be recorded