Dasha Kelly

Johanna Lawshea

Dasha Kelly holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. As a spoken word artist, Dasha has performed throughout the U.S., in Canada and appeared on the final season of HBO presents Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam.  In 2014, Kelly was selected as a U.S. Embassy Arts Envoy to teach and perform in Botswana, Africa. She is the author of Hither, a chapbook, and three books, All Fall Down, Hershey Eats Peanuts, and Call It Forth. In her new novel, Almost Crimson (Curbside Splendor Publishing), Kelly portrays a young woman’s struggle to break free from the grips of codependency, her mother’s crippling depression, their severe poverty, an absentee father, and her own insecurities to find confidence and success in her career and her personal life. Kirkus Reviews calls it, “A multilayered exploration of the intricate nature of family ties in defining who we are – and how, ultimately, we can choose who we want to become.”