by Jessica Mehta (Author)
“You look something.” Jennifer had heard this her entire life as a “white-washed” half-Cherokee, half-white girl in a small Oregon town. THE WRONG KIND OF INDIAN is a thinly-veiled memoir-style story of what it means to claim your identity after a dysfunctional childhood steeped in sexuality and eventual homelessness, parents who toe the line between neglect and abuse, and the flailing that occurs when you don’t feel like you belong. Spanning the challenging bridge across 30 – from 27 to 34 years old – and set in the Pacific Northwest, Costa Rica and India, The Wrong Kind of Indian is a journey of cultural pride, self-exploration, and search for love through Oregon, Costa Rica and India.
Jessica (Tyner) Mehta, born and raised in Oregon and a member of the Cherokee Nation, is the author of ten books including the forthcoming Savagery by Airlie Press (poetry), Drag Me Through the Mess by Unsolicited Press (poetry), and You Look Something by Wyatt MacKenzie Publishing (literary fiction). Her previous books include Constellations of My Body by Musehick Publications (poetry), Secret-Telling Bones by The Operating System (poetry), The Wrong Kind of Indian by Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing (literary fiction), as well as the poetry collections Orygun, What Makes an Always 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), the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts (Nebraska City, NE), 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 Associate Poetry Editor for Bending Genres literary journal and is the former 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.CongratulationS Jessica @ndns4vage for being the latest @Author of the Week @AUTHORSWEEK. Keep on creating, keep on writing and stay calm. Click To Tweet