We are proud to introduce Dasha Kelly as the fourth ‘Pfister Narrator.’ In the role, she will spend time in the hotel’s lobby, speaking with visitors and guests and sharing their stories right here on the Pfister blog. As narrator, Dasha will be posting blog entries at least twice-per-week over a six-month period.
“It’s an honor to be entrusted with a tradition that captures people’s extraordinary and everyday stories,” said Kelly. “I’m excited to join the history of this landmark as the new Pfister Narrator.”
Kelly is founder and director of Still Waters Collective, a Milwaukee-based outreach initiative utilizing the transformative power of the written and spoken word. She 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, Kelly’s writings have appeared in anthologies, textbooks, 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.
Kelly was chosen to serve as narrator based on her writing style, experience and personality, from a significant pool of qualified applicants by a review panel consisting of local writers and editors, and representatives from the hotel. She will be replacing Ed Makowski, who has been blogging for the hotel since November 2011.
“Although we’re sad to see Ed leave, we’re thrilled to add Dasha to our team,” said Joe Kurth, general manager of The Pfister Hotel. “I’m confident our guests will appreciate her enthusiasm, as her extensive writing experience promise creative, captivating blog entries.”
Kelly will begin her residency as narrator the week of May 1, 2012. More information about the Pfister Narrator program can be found at www.ThePfisterHotel.com/Pfister-Narrator. Email updates about the program are available at www.thepfisterhotel.com/email-subscribe.
Watch some of Dasha’s Def Poetry here: