Dasha Kelly is a writer, performer, social entrepreneur and carrot cake connoisseur. She is an alum of the iconic Squaw Valley Writers Community, the former writer-in-residence for the historic Pfister Hotel, a sponsored artist of the National Performance Network and founder of Still Waters Collective, an arts education and community-building initiative. In 2015, Dasha was selected for a second time as a U.S. Embassy Arts Envoy to teach and perform in Botswana, Africa. Additionally, she was named a finalist for Poet Laureate of the State of Wisconsin. She is also an HBO "Def Poetry Jam" alum. Her first novel, "All Fall Down" (Syntax), earned her a place in Written Word Magazine as one of the Top Ten Up-and-Coming Writers of the Midwest. "Hershey Eats Peanuts" (Penmanship Books) is her collection of poems, essays and short stories. Her second collection, "Call It Forth," was released in summer 2014. Her second novel, "Almost Crimson," will be available through Curbside Splendor Publishing in May.