Jessica Tyner Mehta, born and raised in Oregon, is the author of The Last Exotic Petting Zoo which was shortlisted for a Pulitzer Prize and What Makes an Always, both published by Tayen Lane Publishing. She is the founder of MehtaFor, a writing company which serves a variety of clients including Fortune 500 enterprises and major media outlets. As a member of the Cherokee Nation, Jessica offers complimentary writing and editing services through her company to Native American students as well as non-profits based in the Pacific Northwest and/or serving Native communities.
She received her master’s in writing from Portland State University and established The Jessica Tyner Scholarship Fund in 2013. It is the only scholarship for students with a Native American connection pursuing an advanced degree in writing or a related field. An extensive traveler, she has lived in England, South Korea and Costa Rica.
Jessica currently lives in Portland, Oregon where she writes, runs and practices yoga.