MILWAUKEE – Dasha Kelly Hamilton has a means with phrases.
In early 2021, the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Fee named Dasha Kelly Hamilton Wisconsin’s new poet laureate.
“I describe it to my munchkins and my uncles that I’m the ambassador for poetry,” Kelly Hamilton stated. “I’m going to proceed utilizing poetry, as I’ve for the final 20 years, as a software to get individuals across the desk collectively.”
Hamilton is the primary Black girl to function Wisconsin’s poet laureate.
“I recognize having the ability to carry conversations to the forefront that perhaps others wouldn’t have the necessity to, have an curiosity to,” she stated.
Kelly Hamilton has cherished language since she was just a little lady however didn’t fall in love with poetry till her late 20s.
“I used to be completely that top faculty scholar questioning why are we doing it once more? This poetry unit,” Kelly Hamilton stated.
Kelly Hamilton, who’s “snow birding” in Alaska, works with college students and seasoned writers. She shares the significance of endurance.
“It’s a course of to get from that first second that explodes out of your chest, that you just wish to seize, it’s an excellent concept. Simply write it out so that you don’t lose it. Then return and tinker with it,” Kelly Hamilton stated.
Dasha Kelly Hamilton is dedicated to utilizing her phrases to create change and confront subjects like race, class and fairness.
“Poems give us an opportunity to have these conversations in a contemporary means,” she stated.
As poet laureate, Kelly Hamilton will share and encourage poetry throughout the state. She can be working to carry poetry to individuals in Wisconsin prisons.