Curriculum Vitae

Jessica Tyner Mehta

Writer  ●  Editor  ●  Poet  ●  Performer  ●  Teacher  ●  Activist 

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

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

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

The Pulitzer Prize (2015) – Nominated

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

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)

Yoga Alliance
Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
– Registered Yoga Teacher Certification (RYT)

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

CPR Lifeline
Portland, Oregon
– CPR/AED certification