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Minneapolis MN

Dessa is an essayist, a rapper, and a proud member of Doomtree, Minneapolis' ascendant hip-hop collective. Her most recent album, A Badly Broken Code, was enthusiastically received by NPR, the Chicago Tribune, and URB. After her last North American tour, the Utne Reader called her “a one-woman powerhouse.” Dessa’s first book was published on Doomtree Press under the title Spiral Bound. The slim volume of poetry and essays was received as a “dazzling literary debut” by City Pages. Candid, but not confessional, Dessa manages to extract moments of profundity from the most mundane circumstances, and offers full access to the workings of her active mind. In her lyrics and her writing, Dessa’s style is defined by precision—the exactness with which she crafts her characters and her metaphors. She often alternates between wry narrator and tender protagonist. She exercises her wit without forfeiting her sympathies or her earnestness. She’s an artist with a dark, fertile imagination, an agile sense of humor, and very keen aim. Recently, Dessa was named Artist in Residence at the McNally Smith College of Music.

Music Video


Wednesday March 16



Flamingo Cantina


515 E 6th St


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