Dessa, a member of the Doomtree hip-hop crew, has made a career out of bucking traditional genre designations—from rapping at Lollapalooza to arranging for full choir. She co-wrote an episode of the chart-topping podcast Welcome to Night Vale, and was tapped by Lin-Manuel Miranda to record the song “Congratulations” for Billboard’s #1 album The Hamilton Mixtape. Her forthcoming album, Chime, debuts on February 23, 2018. As a writer, Dessa has contributed to The New York Times Magazine, MPR, the Star Tribune, and literary journals around the country. She has published two short works of her own: Spiral Bound (Doomtree Press) and A Pound of Steam (Rain Taxi). Her next collection of essays will be published by Dutton Books (Penguin Random House) in 2018.