Dasha Kelly

Dasha Kelly is a writer, performer, facilitator, and creative change agent who seeks to amplify community connections by facilitating discussions about topics that often divide communities, topics like race and class. She utilizes the breadth of her talents and experiences to reach audiences ranging from college campuses to correctional institutions. She has released four spoken-word recordings, written two novels, and appeared in HBO presents Russell Simmon's Def Poetry Jam. In 2012, she was named Pfister Narrator and shared the stories of the hotel's visitors and guests on its blog. She has twice been a finalist for Poet Laureate of Wisconsin and was named Artist of the Year by the City of Milwaukee. She also founded Still Waters Collective, a network for storytellers and language enthusiasts. Kelly was the first American artist-in-residence invited to Lebanon's Rafiki Hariri University for a partnership with the American University of Beirut. She has traveled as a U.S. Embassy Arts Envoy to Botswana and the Island of Mauritius.