About Me

Dasha Kelly is founder and director of Still Waters Collective, a Milwaukee-based outreach initiative utilizing the transformative power of the written and spoken word. Dasha has performed and delivered workshops to writers, youth, educators, co-eds, executives, inmates and artists throughout the U.S. She is also an HBO Def Poetry alum. As a poet and novelist, Dasha’s writings have appeared in anthologies, text books, magazines and online. Her latest collection of work, Hershey Eats Peanuts is available through Penmanship Books. She is currently working on her second novel and a new collection of essays.
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The End

Here’s the third post  to end my term AND this guest fiction challenge. Thank you, Everyone.  Thank you! Pt 1. – The Beginning  Pt 2. – The Middle Pt 3. – The End (this one)   Hahn /Spokane/ Insurance A fire you had to put out this week? Relationship issues Where do you go for peace? […]

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The Middle

This is the second of three posts where unsuspecting guests help to build a short story. Pt 1. – The Beginning  Pt 2. – The Middle (this one) Pt 3. – The End Michael /South Carolina/ Retired Medical Researcher A fire you had to put out this week? Let’s see… a lot had to be […]

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The Beginning

This is the first of three posts where I wrangle an unsuspecting Pfister guest into a short story project. Pt 1. – The Beginning (this one) Pt 2. – The Middle Pt 3. – The End Today, I asked for random details to shape the beginning of a story. Jeff / Milwaukee/ Writer & Producer […]

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Nights Like This

You have reached your bewitching hour.  While most people will unwind inside the cushioned margins of prime time, you won’t shrug away the day until it’s ready to expire. You are not governed by office hours or bedtimes. You will review and research and design and sort and package and analyze and schmooze until your […]

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Rock Star

“Let me tell you a story about the Colorado River…” The speaker is only a few minutes into her keynote address. From my seat at the back of the grand ballroom, I can barely see her diminutive frame on the dais. I’m sitting on a stray banquet chair between two elaborate exhibits for water purifiers […]

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Can You See Me Now?

Maggie Janssen is the Senior Vice President of Global Communications for one of the largest and most respected non-profit organizations in the world. Well, not yet. I found Maggie stationed at a skirted table outside of the Imperial Ballroom.  At the entrance behind her, a diagram has been pinned to the partition beginning a maze […]

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Sacred Harvest

I’ve always enjoyed fall. Not because of the burnished and bronze treetops or the soft comfort of an old sweater or for the ubiquity of football. Definitely not for the football. Rather, I am incredibly buoyant during the early fall months, inspired by the season’s warmth and currents of change. Perhaps it’s trace enthusiasm for […]

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Back to the Future

“Don’t you remember when police officers had the baseball cards?” This happens a lot. Though I’m Milwaukee-born, I’m an Army brat and didn’t fully experience the city until I moved back an adult.  Subsequently, I miss many of these “remember back when” references of my Milwaukee-bred peers. “Don’t you remember??” he insists. Gabriel is a […]

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Elevated

When people wax poetic about “the good old days,” it’s not often that they’re referring to the 15th century. “Artists had it best during the Medici period,” my table mate says to me.  She’s referring to the Italian dynasty famously credited for ushering forth the Renaissance. Their patronage of promising new artists such as Botticelli, […]