SAT MAR 12 at 12PM  
Meet & Greet, Book Signing with Dasha Kelly The Bubbler, Madison Public Library

SAT MAR 12 at 1PM Writing Workshop “More Than Words  More Than Words” The Bubbler, Madison Public Library

This workshop is a play date for both established and unsuspecting writers. We will scribble descriptions, plot lines and stanzas, flipping all of our words ideas on their sides. At the end, all participants will have the beginnings of new works and a reinvigorated pen and confidence to write on

SAT MAR 12 at 8PM The Dynamic Page Overture Center, Promenade Hall

Dasha Kelly presents a performance reading of her acclaimed new novel, Almost Crimson, which explores a woman's lifelong challenge of loving and caring for a parent with mental illness. The novel, released last spring, has earned strong reviews as well as Kelly's performances along her nationwide tour. At Line Breaks, Kelly presents a full length reading, an open discussion, as well as intersecting performances by First Wave Artists and Madison musicians.

Dasha Kelly is a writer, artist and social entrepreneur. As a spoken word artist, Kelly has performed throughout the U.S., in Canada and appeared on the final season of HBO’s “Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry.” Kelly earned her MFA in creative writing from Antioch University, is an alum of the iconic Squaw Valley Writers Community, a former writer-in-residence for the historic Pfister Hotel and founder of Still Waters Collective, an arts education and community-building initiative. In 2014, she was selected as a U.S. Embassy Arts Envoy to teach and perform in Botswana, Africa. She is the author of one chapbook, “Hither,” and three books: “All Fall Down,” “Hershey Eats Peanuts” and “Call It Forth.” Her second novel, “Almost Crimson,” was released through Curbside Splendor in spring 2015. She used to work in recruitment and community outreach for OMAI and continues to teach writing workshops for First Wave students. She lives in Milwaukee, Wis.

About Dasha Kelly's “Almost Crimson”

For as long as she can remember, CeCe has taken care of herself. With her father gone and her mother crippled by chronic depression, CeCe struggles to find fulfillment in the sacrifice required to keep their lives together. As her mother's condition worsens, CeCe is forced to stay close to home and stifle her dreams. With the poetic dexterity of Nikki Giovanni and an unforgettable cast of compassionate characters, Dasha Kelly examines one woman's struggle to choose between her obligation to care for her mother and living life on her own terms.