Join us for a reading/performance by Wisconsin Poet Laureate Dasha Kelly Hamilton
Dasha Kelly Hamilton is a writer, performance artist, curator and facilitator. Ultimately, she’s a creative change agent, leveraging the creative process toward human and social wellness.
Dasha has written for national, regional and local magazines; produced three collections of poetry; recorded four spoken word CDs; published two novels; been included in several anthologies; and performed in the last season of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. Her nonprofit, Still Waters Collective, initiated literary arts programming for 20 years, creating platforms for thousands of voices to be honored and heard. Through the organization, she still partners on impact projects and manages a creative leadership fellowship.
Dasha served as an Arts Envoy for the U.S. Embassy to teach, perform and facilitate community building initiatives in Botswana and the island of Mauritius. She was also an artist in residence in Beirut. Dasha has been an adjunct professor at Mount Mary University, Alverno College, Bryant & Stratton and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University and an MA in Marketing Communications from Roosevelt University.
A collection of her micro stories, DashNettes: Life, in Short, was released in Fall 2020. Her stage production, Makin’ Cake, began its national tour in 2021. A former Artist of the Year for the City of Milwaukee, Dasha served as the city’s 11th Poet Laureate. She was appointed Wisconsin’s Poet Laureate for 2020-22.