Jessica is a Cherokee poet and novelist based in Portland, Oregon.

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About Jessica

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Jessica (Tyner) Mehta, born and raised in Oregon and a member of the Cherokee Nation, is the author of the novel The Wrong Kind of Indian by Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing. She’s also the author of five collections of poetry including the forthcoming Constellations of My Body by Musehick Publications, Secret-Telling Bones by The Operating System, as well as Orygun, What Makes an Always (an Eric Hoffer Book Award honorable mention), and The Last Exotic Petting Zoo by Tayen Lane Publishing. Jessica authored the business book 100 Ways to Make $100k with Your English Degree, which has been featured on numerous podcasts including JenningsWire and World Outsourcing Solutions.

She’s received several writer-in-residency posts around the world, including the Hosking Houses Trust with an appointment at The Shakespeare Birthplace (Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK), Paris Lit Up (Paris, France), the Women’s International Study Center (WISC) Acequia Madre House post (Santa Fe, NM), and a Writer in the Schools (WITS) residency at Literary Arts (Portland, OR).

Jessica is the recipient of a 40 Under 40 Award from the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED), received a Barbara Deming Award in Poetry, and was a Top 10 Pick from Portland Story Theatre for “Indian Burns.”  She serves as the President of the Board of Directors for VoiceCatcher journal and non-profit. Jessica has led writing workshops around the globe including at the International Women’s Writing Guild summer conference series, and has taught poetry at various institutions including The Loft Literary Center.

Jessica founded MehtaFor (www.mehtafor.com), a writing services company, in 2012 which serves a variety of clients including Fortune 500 enterprises and major media outlets. MehtaFor received two national bronze awards for Startup of the Year in 2015. Jessica offers complimentary writing services to Native American students and non-profits based in the Pacific Northwest and/or serving Native communities.

She received her master’s degree in writing from Portland State University in 2007, and established The Jessica Tyner Scholarship Fund in 2013. It’s the only scholarship exclusively for Native Americans pursuing an advanced degree in writing or a related field.

Jessica is also a registered yoga instructor (RYT), NASM-certified personal trainer (CPT), and continues to advance her yoga teacher-ship at The Bhaktishop in Portland. She founded the Get it Ohm! karma yoga and strength movement (www.getitohm.com), which offers free classes to groups that don’t have access to traditional yoga studios and/or don’t feel comfortable in such environments.

Contact

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Reviews & Bibliography

Reviews

Foreword Review of The Wrong Kind of Indian available for PDF download. Also selected as an “Editor’s Pick:” foreword

Portland Book Review of The Wrong Kind of Indian available for PDF download: pbr 

Kirkus Review of The Wrong Kind of Indian available for PDF download: kirkus

Library Journal published a review of The Wrong Kind of Indian available here.


Bibliography

I only maintain a bibliography of books (all published via traditional print publishers), poetry, and fiction. A full bibliography would entail thousands of publications and bylines. For links to some of my live, business-related writing work, please visit MehtaFor or my yoga and wellness blog at Get it Ohm! karma yoga movement.


Books

Mehta, Jessica. Constellations of My Body. Musehick Publications, 2018.

Mehta, Jessica. “Relativity.” Ed. AEleen Frisch. Microtext 3. Wallingford: Medusa’s Laugh Press, 2018.

Mehta, Jessica. Secret-Telling BonesThe Operating System, 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. The Wrong Kind of Indian. Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing, 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “Recipe for an Indian.” Ed. Grace Bauer. Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse. Ed. Julie Kane. Sandpoint: Lost Horse, 2017.

Tyner, Jessica. Orygun. Tayen Lane Publishing Smooth Stone Press, 2016.

Mehta, Jessica. 100 Ways to Make $100K with Your English Degree. Moonshine Cove, 2015.

Tyner, Jessica. What Makes an Always. Tayen Lane Publishing Smooth Stone Press, 2015.

Tyner, Jessica. The Last Exotic Petting Zoo. Tayen Lane Publishing Smooth Stone Press, 2014.

Journal/Magazine Publications

Mehta, Jessica. “Turns.” Platypus Press, November 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “Owl of Forest Park.” Lunch Ticket at Antioch UniversityNovember 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “If I Write About You.” Picaroon Poetry, November 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “Stratford’s First Black Cleopatra.” The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, October 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “Mourning Lights.” Hobo Camp Review, October 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “Seeing.” Edify Fiction, October 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “Mourning Lights.” The Mantle, October 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “Spring Frenzy.” The Long Island Literary Journal, October 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “An Event Worth Celebrating.” The Long Island Literary Journal, October 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “Landmarks Made of Stone.” Roar: Literature and Revolution by Feminist People, September 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “Prix Fixe.” Roar: Literature and Revolution by Feminist People, September 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “Relativity.” The Lake, September 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “The Wrong Kind of Indian.” Hawaii Review, September 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “Land Lords.” Clumsy QuipsSeptember 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “Relief.” Clumsy QuipsSeptember 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “A Priest and an Indian Walk Into a Bar.” Panoplyzine, August 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “That Kind of Beautiful.” Storyfile, August, 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “Should Whiskey Write a Love Letter Back.” The Broke Bohemian, July 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “Fruition.” Cordella Magazine, July 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “Jackson Street.” Colloquial: A Poetry ReviewJuly 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “Dawn and Death in Stratford.” Colloquial: A Poetry Review, July 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “Shanti.” REaDLips Press, July 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “Red Popsicles.” REaDLips Press, July 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “When to Stay.” REaDLips PressREaDLips Press, July 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “To Grin Macabre.” Allegory RidgeJuly 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “All the Ways.” Allegory RidgeJuly 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “The Wrong Kind of Indian.” Allegory RidgeJuly 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “Spoon Me Out.” Allegory RidgeJuly 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “Should Whiskey Write a Love Letter Back.” Subprimal Poetry ArtJuly 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “Recipe for an Indian.” South 85 JournalJune 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “Mi Regalo.” *82 Review, June 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “Odense Zoo.” HowlJune 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “Alpha to Omega.” HowlJune 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “Columbidaes.” HowlJune 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “Lumber Yards.” HowlJune 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “How to Talk to the Dying.” Causeway Lit, Apr. 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “The Animals of My Father.” The Elephant Magazine, Feb. 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “Chiaroscuro.” The Elephant Magazine, Feb. 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “Nvada Diniyoli: Children of the Sun.” The Elephant Magazine, Feb. 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “Rezervations.” The Elephant Magazine, Feb. 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “Red Delicious.” The Elephant Magazine, Feb. 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “A King-Sized Ocean.” Eunonia ReviewFeb. 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “On Lovers.” Eunonia ReviewFeb. 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “Plots.” Eunonia ReviewFeb. 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “How Many Crows Make a Murder?” Eunonia ReviewFeb. 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “The Falsity of False Deaths.” Eunonia ReviewFeb. 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “Recipe for an Indian.” Dying Dahlia Review, Feb. 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “Look at All the Beautiful.” Dying Dahlia Review, Feb. 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “Animals of My Father.” Black Napkin Press, Jan. 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “Red Delicious.” Black Napkin Press, Jan. 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “Pack Animals.” Black Napkin Press, Jan. 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “Our Descent.” (b)OINK, Jan. 2017.

Mehta, Jessica. “Ma’am, I Am Tonight.” Vending Machine Press, Dec. 2016.

Mehta, Jessica. “On Lovers.” Vending Machine Press, Dec. 2016.

Mehta, Jessica. “Your Grandest Regret.” Vending Machine Press, Dec. 2016.

Mehta, Jessica. “Mi Regalo.” Vending Machine Press, Dec. 2016.

Mehta, Jessica. “Fly Songbirds Just Let Go.” Vending Machine Press, Dec. 2016.

Mehta, Jessica. “Dead Don’t Go.” South 85 JournalDec. 2016.

Mehta, Jessica. “The Halve Nots.” Babbling of the IrrationalMay 2016.

Mehta, Jessica. “For Erin.” Babbling of the IrrationalMay 2016.

Mehta, Jessica. “Full (and Upright).” Babbling of the IrrationalMay 2016.

Mehta, Jessica. “Doorbells and Fancy Things.” Yellow Medicine Review, Mar. 2016.

Mehta, Jessica. “The Halve Nots.” Yellow Medicine Review, Mar. 2016.

Mehta, Jessica. “The Two Percent.” Yellow Medicine Review, Mar. 2016.

Mehta, Jessica. “What’s Inside Me.” Yellow Medicine Review, Mar. 2016.

Mehta, Jessica. “You Look Something.” Yellow Medicine Review, Mar. 2016.

Mehta, Jessica. “Fly Songbirds Just Let Go.” Spine Magazine, vol. 1, no. 1, 2016.

Mehta, Jessica. “Full (and Upright).” Urban Sasquatch, Mar. 2016.

Mehta, Jessica. “Down There.” Urban Sasquatch, Mar. 2016.

Mehta, Jessica. “Kenny, in Breeding.” Portland Family Magazine, February 2016.

Mehta, Jessica. “For Erin.” SideJob Magazine, Jan. 2016.

Mehta, Jessica. “Ed.” Midnight Muse, 2016.

Mehta, Jessica. “The Constellations of my Body.” The Real Us2016.

Mehta, Jessica. “Call This a Love Poem (Call This Our Story).” The Real Us2016.

Tyner, Jessica. “Call to Prayer.” And/orno. 4, 2014.

Tyner, Jessica. “Produce.” The Gap Toothed Madness, vol. 4, no. 1, 2014.

Tyner, Jessica. “For the Animals.” The Gap Toothed Madness, vol. 4, no. 1, 2014.

Tyner, Jessica. “Choerography.” Red Savina Review, 2014

Tyner, Jessica. “How Dying is Done.” Red Savina Review, 2014.

Tyner, Jessica. “Produce.” Paper Nautilus2014.

Tyner, Jessica. “For the Animals.” The Ijagun Poetry Journal. Dec. 2013.

Tyner, Jessica. “Produce.” The Ijagun Poetry Journal, Dec. 2013.

Tyner, Jessica. “Passing.” The Ijagun Poetry Journal, Dec. 2013.

Tyner, Jessica. “Childhood.” The Cossack ReviewJune 2013.

Tyner, Jessica. “Ouroboros.” Soundings Review, May 2013.

Tyner, Jessica. “Things Mahariva Doesn’t Know.” Nether Magazine, May 2013.

Tyner, Jessica. “Of Trans Ams and Chickens.” Every Writer, Apr. 2013.

Tyner, Jessica. “What I Found in the Swamp.” The English Chicago Review, Mar. 2013.

Tyner, Jessica. “The Carving Station.” L’Allure des MotsFeb. 2013.

Tyner, Jessica. “Bouquet of the Body.” L’Allure des MotsFeb. 2013.

Tyner, Jessica. “Eating.” The Missing SlateFeb. 2013.

Tyner, Jessica. “Of Trans Ams and Chickens.” Every Day Poems, 2013.

Tyner, Jessica. “The Sacrament.” Flycatcher Journal, 2013.

Tyner, Jessica. “Love You More.” Commonline Journal, 2013.

Tyner, Jessica. “Passing.” Off the Coast2013.

Tyner, Jessica. “Call to Prayer.” Penumbra, 2013.

Tyner, Jessica. “Bronco Busting.” Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Dec. 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “Bouquet of the Body.” Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Dec. 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “The Carving Station.” Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Dec. 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “The Banana Plantation.” Speculative EdgeNov. 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “Inside the Rosemary Bush.” Speculative EdgeNov. 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “The Road Past Cartago.” Coldnoon Poetics, Nov. 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “The Catamaran.” Coldnoon Poetics, Nov. 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “Love You More.” Coldnoon Poetics, Nov. 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “Christmas Chai.” High Desert Journal, Oct. 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “Eating.” Bop Dead City, Oct. 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “Love You More.” Toe Good Poetry Review, Sept. 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “The Photograph.” Viral CatOct. 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “For My Father.” Viral CatOct. 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “The Road Past Cartago.” Viral CatOct. 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “The.” Enhance MagazineAug. 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “The Road Past Cartago.” Works and Days, Aug. 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “The Catamaran.” Works and Days, Aug. 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “The Photograph.” Underground Voices, Aug. 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “For My Father.” Underground Voices, Aug. 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “En Moravia.” Contemporary Literary Review IndiaAug. 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “The Stopgap.” Ninepatch JournalJuly 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “The Sacrament.” The Conium Review, July 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “Symptoms of an End.” A Clean, Well-Lighted PlaceJuly 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “For My Father.” Meat for Tea, July 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “Leave Two Pounds of Skin.” Caliban, July 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “The Sacrament.” Scissors and SpackleJuly 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “Limits of the Tongue.” Tugboat Magazine, July 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “Interview with Poet Luis Chaves.” Grumbacher’s Thalo Magazine, June 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “For My Father.” Yahoo!, May 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “The Last Exotic Petting Zoo.” Shangri-la ShackMay 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “Childhood.” The Resurrectionist, May 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “Anatomy of a Trunk.” Menacing Hedge, May 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “Recipe for Moong Daal.” Menacing Hedge, May 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “Things Mahariva Doesn’t Know.” Menacing Hedge, May 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “Holy Week at Playa Negra.”Laptop Lit Magazine, May 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “Speleology.” Sword & Saga Press, May 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “Two Days Prior to the Burial.” Glint Literary Journal, May 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “How to Oil an Indian Man’s Hair.” Glint Literary Journal, May 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “En Moravia.” Solo Press: 122 DaysMay 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “How to Oil an Indian Man’s Hair.” Slow Trains Literary JournalMay 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “How to Oil an Indian Man’s Hair.” Eclectica Magazine, Apr. 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “En Moravia.” Straylight Magazine, vol. 6, no. 1, Apr. 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “The Last Exotic Petting Zoo.” Life as an [Insert Label Here], Mar. 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “The Stopgap.” Out of Print Magazine, Mar. 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “Holy Week at Playa Negra.” OVS: Organs of Vision and Speech2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “Limits of the Tongue.” The Quotable, 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “How to Oil an Indian Man’s Hair.” ITCH, 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “Speleology.” Ray’s Road Review, 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “Eating.” Turbulence Magazineno. 11, 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “For My Father.” Red Ochre, 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “Speleology.” SPILT Magazine, 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “The Sacrament.” Avalon Literary Review, 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “Holy Week in Playa Negra.” Ray’s Road Review, 2012.

Tyner, Jessica. “Two Days Prior to the Burial.” Disappearing City Literary Review. Mar. 2009.

Curriculum Vitae

Education

Portland State University
Portland, Oregon
– Master’s in Writing (Completed second year interning with The Fulbright Commission in London, UK)
– Bachelor’s in English Literature

Residencies

Hosking Houses Trust, Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK (2017) – Fellow and writer-in-residence

Paris Lit Up, Paris, France (2017) – Poet-in-residence

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK (2017) – Poet-in-residence

WISC (Women’s International Study Center), Santa Fe, New Mexico (2017) – Fellow and writer-in-residence at the Acequia Madre House

Literary Arts, Portland, Oregon (2016) – Writer in the schools (WITS) teaching artist and writer-in-residence

Teaching

The Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis, MN
Poetry instructor, “Poetry Inspired By the True North”

Literary Arts, Portland, Oregon
Writers in the Schools (WITS) resident teaching artist

International Women’s Writing Guild Summer Conference, Allentown, Pennsylvania
Taught a three-day workshop titled “Crafting a Lucrative Writing Career”

Oregon Writing Festival, Portland, Oregon
Taught a workshop titled “Business Writing”

Politecnico, San Jose, Costa Rica
Writing Instructor

Sogang University, Seoul, South Korea
Writing Instructor

The Fulbright Commission, London, UK
Led a year-long mentorship for students preparing to study writing abroad

Portland State University, Portland, Oregon
Graduate Assistant (taught writing courses)

Awards & Nominations

Barbara Deming Memorial Fund Award for Poetry (2017) – Poetry recipient

National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) 40 Under 40 Awards (2017) – 40 Under 40 Awardee

Portland Story Theater Top Ten Pick of the Year (2016) – Selected as one of the top ten stories told of 2016 for “Indian Burns”

Pushcart Prize (2016) – Nominated by Smooth Stones Press for the poem “What the Body Remembers”

Oregon Art’s Commission Career Opportunity Grant (2016) – Recipient

Best of the Net Nomination (2016 ) – Nominated by Pidgeonholes Journal for the poem “Kenny, In Breeding”

Best of the Net Nomination (2016) – Nominated by Midway Journal for the poem “Full (and Upright)”

The American Business Awards (2015) – Startup of the Year, Bronze

The Golden Bridge Awards (2015) – Startup of the Year, Bronze

Eric Hoffer Book Awards (2015) – Honorable mention, poetry

Best of the Net Nomination (2013) – Nominated by Midway Journal for the poem “Speleology”

Pushcart Prize Nomination (2012) – Nominated by Ray’s Road Review for the poem “Speleology”

Nina Mae Kellogg Award (2005) – Award recipient

 Readings, Performances, Workshops & Speaking Engagements

Association of Writers and Publishers (AWP) Conference
AWP Annual Conference, Tampa, Florida (2018) – Panelist onHeads in the Cloud: A Consideration of Poetics and Technology, hosted by Submittable”

International Poetry Festival: Crossing Borders
Poet’s Arbour, Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK (2017) – Workshop leader on Native American poetics

Plonk Reading Series
Corkscrew Wine Bar, Portland, Oregon (2017) – Featured novelist

Rhubarb Poetry Reading
Jade Lounge, Portland, Oregon (2017) – Reading from poetry collections

Many Voices of Women’s Fiction Book Club
Women’s Fiction Writer’s Association, virtual (2017) – Featured novelist for Q&A session with readers

PSA: Providing Service Through Art
Ford Gallery, Portland, Oregon (2017) – Reading from poetry collections

Writers of Color Literary Arts Reading
Literary Arts, Portland, Oregon (2017) – Reading from poetry collections

Unchaste Readers Series
Literary Arts, Portland, Oregon (2017) – Reading from poetry collections with other female writers

Yellow Dog Bookstore Reading
Yellow Dog Bookstore, Columbia, Missouri (2017) – Reading from poetry collections and novel

BooksOrBooks Reading
BooksOrBooks Bookstore, Las Vegas, Nevada (2017) – Reading from poetry collections and novel

Another Read Through Reading and Launch Party
Another Read Through Bookstore, Portland, Oregon (2017) Launch party for The Wrong Kind of Indian

Hillsboro First Tuesday Art Walk
Balance 365 Fitness, Hillsboro, Oregon (2016) Featured (literary) artist at city event

Lunch and Learn with Jessica Mehta: Native American Heritage Month
Metro regional government offices, Portland, Oregon (2016) – Keynote speaker

Night Circus, Lit Crawl
The Sentinel Hotel, Portland, Oregon (2016) Closing performer reading poetry

Sauvignon Tongued Devils Spoken Word Night
Devil’s Den Wine Bar, Portland, Oregon (2016 – 2017) Host for monthly event

Transmit Cultures Monthly Speaker Series
Portland State University, Portland, Oregon (2017) Featured speaker discussing Native Americans in publishing

Ooligan Press’ Write to Publish Conference
Portland State University, Portland, Oregon (2017) Panelist discussing diversity in the publishing world

Urban Teller’s Wordstock Edition Performance
The Fremont Theater, Portland, Oregon (2016) – Spoken word urban story telling performer

Berl’s Poetry Bookshop Reading
Brooklyn, New York (2016) – Featured poet with Ananda Lima and Emily Pryor

Wordstock
Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon (2015 and 2016) Featured poet and novelist at the Northwest’s largest literary festival

JenningsWire Podcast
United States, (2015) – Featured author discussing “Make 6 Figures with Your Writing Degree”

World Outsourcing Solutions Podcast
United Kingdom (2015) – Featured author on “Work at Home Success”

Poetry Brothel
Dante’s, Portland, Oregon (2016) “Poetry whore” for an international show offering an immersive, interactive poetry experience in a “bordello” environment where poets provide one-on-one intimate readings

Portland State University MFA in Poetry Spring Colloquium
Portland State University, Portland, Oregon (2016) Featured speaker discussing how to make a living as a writer with an advanced writing degree

Mt. Hood Cherokee Summit
Portland, Oregon (2015)Keynote speaker on what it means to be a Native American writer

Wilson High School’s Literary Event Festival
Portland, Oregon (2015) Keynote speaker on being a Native American female writer

Unknown Words with Matthew Anderson Podcast
United States (2014) – Featured poet

University of Maryland Baltimore (UMBC) Symposium on Learning Strategies McNair Scholars Presentations
Baltimore, Maryland (2005) – Featured McNair Scholar presenting my dissertation on “Poetry as Therapy”

Volunteer & Community Engagement

VoiceCatcher Journal and Non-Profit
(2016 – Present) – President of the Board of Directors

Grant Poetry Slam
(2017) – Judge for Grant High School’s annual Poetry Slam Competition

Foreword Reviews
(2016 – Present) – Poetry reviewer

Eric Hoffer Book Awards Judging Panel
(2017) – Poetry judge for the 2017 awards

Small Business Philanthropy
(2013 – present) As part of my business model, I offer complimentary writing and editing services to Native Americans and non-profits based in the Northwest

The Jessica Tyner Scholarship Fund
(2013 – present) Founder of the sole scholarship in the US providing funding to Native American graduate students pursuing an advanced degree in writing or a related field

Get it Ohm!
(2013 – present)Founder of a karmic yoga movement in Portland offering free yoga classes to groups that otherwise face obstacles practicing yoga in traditional studios

Contemporary Literary Review India
(2015 – present) – Poetry editor

Oregon Literary Council’s Writers of Color Panel
Literary Arts Council, Portland, Oregon (2015 – present) Founding member of the panel, which helps direct the diversity initiative of the Council

Certifications

Center for Teacher Development
San Jose, Costa Rica
– TESOL Certification (Teaching English as a second language)

Peak Beings Yoga Teacher Training & Certification
Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
– Registered Yoga Teacher Certification (RYT)
– Certified by Yoga Alliance

National Association of Sports Medicine
Portland, Oregon
– Personal Training Certification (CPT)

CPR Lifeline
Portland, Oregon
– CPR/AED certification

Mentions

Click on the live links below to see “mentions” on everything from interviews about crafting a lucrative writing career to what living in South Korea for a year taught me about global BBQing.

The Santa Fe New Mexican wrote a fantastic feature on my residency at WISC.

An interview with the Women’s International Study Center during my writer-in-residency post.

I’m honored to be one of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise’s (NCAIED) 40 Under 40 awardees for 2017.

The Cherokee Phoenix featured seven tribal members being honored at the 40 Under 40 Awards. Take a look at the Cherokee member profiles.

The Native Times has a short on the the NCAIED 40 Under 40 Awards.

The Tahlequah Daily Press featured the 40 Under 40 awardees.

More 40 Under 40 coverage, this time from Cherokee’s Anadisgoi newsroom.

Indian Country Today has also covered the NCAIED 40 Under 40 Awards.

The Muskogee Phoenix featured the NCAIED 40 Under 40 winners.

I’ll be at the Association of Writers & Publishers (AWP) Conference and Bookfair March 2018 in Tampa! Check out the panel I’ll be on with some other fab poets in tech, Heads in the Cloud: A Consideration of Poetics and Technology, hosted by Submittable.

I was interviewed by Submittable. Check out the podcast now.

I’m featured on page 8 of the HillsboroART Magazine (print copies available in the Portland metro area).

A little plug in The Stratford Observer.

An honorable mention in Causeway Lit for their spring poetry contest.

My guest post on The Artist Unleashed.

My guest post on Submittable was also shared by Medium (The Problem with STEM).

Check out Electric Literature’s list of books from indie presses for 2017, including my fourth poetry book, “Secret-Telling Bones,” from The Operating System!

I was featured in the Hillsboro Tribune as one of the Oregon artists receiving a state grant.

 

I was interviewed by South 85 Journal on my current projects and writing style.

Check out Mike Wood’s book “Link Juice” for the latest in SEO best practices. I’m quoted along with a slew of awesome SEO experts.

PSA: Providing Service Through Art and the Ford Gallery in Portland, Oregon hosted an amazing arts-centric event featuring visual artists and poets … including me!

WISC announced the writers-in-residence for 2017 (including me!).

Check out The Oregonian’s mention of two January 2017 reading events for The Wrong Kind of Indian.

A little mutual love. Monica of TaylorMade4U Cards featured the card I had made for the publisher of The Wrong Kind of Indian on her blog! Scroll to the bottom to check it out. And if you’re looking for custom, gorgeous and very affordable cards, nobody does it better than Monica!

My story “Indian Burns” was selected as one of the Top 10 Picks for Portland Story Theater in 2016! Click on the “2016” link under Top 10 Picks for the full list.

I was featured on the World Outsourcing Solutions podcast discussing life as an entrepreneur.

Brit + Co asked 7 personal trainers our best motivational tips for clients. Mine is number five.

CEO Blog Nation asked 14 entrepreneurs what their biggest business accomplishment was in 2016. Mine is number four.

I won Cargo Literary’s annual A Cargo Christmas Super Cute Christmas Post Contest with my reflection (and photo) of the year I taught English to Kindergartners in Korea. What else do you do immediately after finishing a master’s in writing and you don’t want to try the real world yet?

Need more poetry in 2017? I’m one of Foreword Reviews’ poetry reviewers.

The Fix asked 10 successful entrepreneurs, including myself, how skills learned in recovery benefit a business. I’m number eight in “10 Entrepreneurs in Recovery.”

IntelBlogs asked me and more working artists about “Art Schools with Creative Writing Programs.”

The Steps to Make Money Online site asked me and others who found success with a B.A. in English “What Do You Do with a B.A. in English?”

I serve as the president of the Board of Directors for VoiceCatcher journal and non-profit. Take a look at the write-up on my incoming presidency.

What can you do with that English degree? The Penny Hoarder asked me and seven other professionals what “8 Awesome Jobs (That are Not “Barista”) You Can Get with an English Degree.”

We were all new yogis once. Take a look at 27 “yoga influencers,” myself included, sharing body transformation stories on BodyPositivity.com.

I’m one of 39 entrepreneurs featured on WatchMeQuit’s article “39 Successful Entrepreneurs Share One Tip to Quitting Your Job and Running Your Own Business.”

I represent 1984 in MSN’s list of “The Most Popular Halloween Costumes When You Were a Kid.” 

Bored of your yoga routine? Yoga with Sapna asked me and other yoga teachers how to shake up a dull routine. Find out here!

See what I and other women business owners have to say about having a business in our respective cities at “Women Business Owners Weigh In.”

InvoiceBerry featured me and  “25 Successful Entrepreneurs Who Quit Their Jobs to Pursue Their Passions.”

I’m cited on Mind Globe’s blog today, “How to Plan Book Writing.”

I was a featured performer at the special Wordstock Edition of Urban Teller’s on November 4 at the Fremont Theatre. Check it out here. (Being called a Portland Literatti is pretty cool, too!).

Fox News Health asked me and nine other fitness experts about the things people do at the gym that annoy everyone. Find out what I and others had to say here!

The scholarship I established for Native American students pursuing an advanced degree in writing or a related field, The Jessica Tyner Scholarship Fund, got a little love from Bustle! Read more here.

Hungry for some inspiration? Check out these excerpts. (I’m number five).

Where are the best places for female entrepreneurs in 2016? Good Call Data Center asked a handful of business owners, including myself, to weigh in here.

CNN discusses Korean BBQ musts and when I was asked? It’s not BBQ if there’s no soju! More here.

I was interviewed by Schools.com as an expert in the writing industry. The full interview can be found here.

My contribution to Loop’s article on Korean BBQ? You gotta have the soju!

Forbes contributor Drew Hendricks blogged on marketing misses even seasoned marketers overlook. My contribution falls under “quality writing.”

We all have them. Check out this Prevention.com article, featuring myself and other trainers, to see if yours made the list!

My business book 100 Ways to Make $100k with Your English Degree is featured on Blogher’s “5 Inspiring Business Books Released in 2016.”

Check out Babbleword’s article on barbecue around the world, including my contribution on Korean grilling.

Want better balance? DIYActive asked a number of fitness and yoga experts how to make it happen. Check out the full list here.

The College of St. Scholastica asked nine previous first-generation college students how they thrived. Mine is at number four here.

Schools.com featured me in a Q&A with Experts section talking about writing as a career. Check it out here.

ShadoMe featured the company I founded, MehtaFor, as one of their “day in the life of” features here.

Check out the article and photos from the Oregon Literary Arts Writers in the Schools (WITS) student readings at Bipartisan Cafe in Portland, Ore. I taught a course to high school students on crafting a career in writing.

I’m featured on the JenningsWire podcast talking about making money as a writer. Listen here!

I’m quoted in Burgess Elliot Real Estate here on being a business owner in Oregon.

I was quoted in Business News Daily on taxes in Oregon here.

50 entrepreneurs, myself included, talk about rally songs. The full list can be found here.

Lucky number 13! Along with 20 other entrepreneurs, I shared with Tech.co my morning routine here.

The International Women’s Writing Guild hosts a summer workshop every July in Allentown, PA. In 2016,  I taught a three-day workshop on “How to Make a Lucrative Writing Career.” Take a look at the full program here.

I was interviewed by Lauren Spala, writing coach and writer. Check out the full interview now.

Here’s a brief mention from my alma mater for one of my books. (Find it at the bottom!).

I got a nod from the Portland Business Journal.

In merinews, a media outlet in India, my poem “Lure” was briefly mentioned. It’s included in The Rainbow Hues, an anthology published by Aadi Publications Jaipur for the seventh annual International Poetry Festival.

I kicked off the Multicultural Literary Arts Days, a two-day festival, at Wilson High School and sponsored by the Oregon Literary Arts Council (OLAC). Check out the OLAC blog about her talk!

I was featured at Wordstock, sponsored by the Oregon Literary Arts Council, reading excerpts from my latest book What Makes an Always. Full details are here.

Author interview with Lauren Sapala: An interview where writing as a Native woman, publishing and favorite books are discussed.

Interview with Writer Unboxed: A discussion on diversity in higher education, scholarships for Native American students, and just how tough it can be to fund a graduate education in a non-STEM field.

I was mentioned briefly in the Street Roots interview with Bryan Pollard, “Street Roots Co-founder Discusses Pulse of Native American Journalism.”

The American Indian Graduate Center Magazine/Finding Your Way in the World: I was featured in the AIGC magazine discussing writing, life and being a Native American entrepreneur.

Women in Business and Industry/6 Things the New WOC in the Office Wants Employers to Know: Find out what I and other “women of color” have to say about office life.