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The NW Authors Series welcomes award-winning and multi-disciplinary poet, artist, and author Jessica Mehta Saturday, May 13th, at 2 p.m. This is a hybrid event; join us at the library on the day of the event or watch online: www.cannonbeachlibrary.org. This event is FREE and open to the public. Come early for the best seats!
Jessica Mehta will discuss her works and read her poetry. Her artistry is described as organic and vulnerable – driven by space, place, and ancestry. Her latest work focuses on “Decolonization on a Global Scale.”
Jessica Doe (née Mehta, Tyner) has undertaken poetry and artist residencies around the globe, ranging from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-Upon-Avon to the Crazy Horse Memorial and museum in South Dakota. Her work has been featured at galleries and exhibitions around the world, including Washington DC, Sweden, and New Mexico. Jessica’s doctoral work focused on eating disorders in female poetry and she is a recent Fulbright Senior Scholar. Jessica is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, born in the land that is today called Oregon.
“I began incorporating other mediums into my practice, such as 2-D work, installations, performance, and interactive technology (VR), because I believe it is my responsibility to engage with audiences on myriad levels.
My goal as a person and an artist is to inform, create conversations, and in many cases to educate—particularly non-Indigenous audiences. The key word here is goal, not responsibility. The emotional, mental, spiritual, and oftentimes physical labor of educating non-Indigenous audiences is not for everyone. It is a gift some of us offer when, where, and how we can. It is not a requirement of any Native person.” – Jessica Doe (Mehta)
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