Jey Tehya, born and raised in Oregon and a member of the Cherokee Nation, is the author of The Wrong Kind of Indian by Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing. She’s also the author of four collections of poetry including Secret-Telling Bones (forthcoming), Orygun, What Makes an Always (an Eric Hoffer Book Award honorable mention), and The Last Exotic Petting Zoo as well as 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.
Jey founded a multi-award winning writing services company in 2012 which serves a variety of clients including Fortune 500 enterprises and major media outlets. Her company received two national bronze awards for Startup of the Year in 2015. Jey 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. Jey was awarded a Writers in the Schools (WITS) residency from the Oregon’s Literary Arts in 2015-16.
An in-demand speaker, she has been featured at the Mt. Hood Cherokees summit, was the keynote speaker for Metro (Portland’s regional government organization) at the “Lunch & Learn: Native American Heritage Month” event, has read at Wordstock, and taught workshops at the Oregon Writing Festival and International Guild of Women Writers summer conference series. She hosts Sauvignon Tongued Devils, a spoken word night at Devil’s Den Wine Bar in the Alberta Arts District and also serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the VoiceCatcher Journal and non-profit. She’s received several writing residencies including the Hosking Houses Trust writer-in-residence post (Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK), the Paris Lit Up poet-in-residence post (Paris, France), the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust poet-in residence post (Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK), and the Women’s International Study Center (WISC) writer-in-residence post (Santa Fe, NM).
Jey is also a registered yoga instructor (RYT), certified personal trainer (CPT), and teaches power vinyasa at Balance 365 Fitness in Hillsboro, Oregon. She founded the Get it Ohm! karmic yoga and strength movement, which offers free classes to groups that don’t have access to traditional yoga studios and/or don’t feel comfortable in such environments.
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