Dasha Kelly Hamilton
Milwaukee Poet Laureate Dasha Kelly Hamilton is a writer, performance artist, and creative change agent. She uses the creative process to facilitate dialogues around human and social wellness.
Dasha is the author of two novels, three poetry collections, and four spoken word albums. She has taught at colleges, conferences, and classrooms and curated fellowships for emerging leaders. An Arts Envoy for the U.S. Embassy, Dasha has facilitated community building in Botswana, Toronto, Mauritius and Beirut. Her touring production, Makin’ Cake, engages communities in a forward dialogue on race, class, and equity.
Dasha is a former Artist of the Year for the City of Milwaukee. In 2017, she led a series of workshops at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center that led up to her performance, Makin’ Cake with Dasha Kelly.
Benjamin D. Rinehart
Benjamin D. Rinehart specializes in multimedia images with a strong focus in printmaking, book constructions, painting, and drawing. His socially charged work is a part of many public and private collections and has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Ben received a BFA from the Herron School of Art and an MFA from Louisiana State University.
Ben is an associate professor of painting and printmaking at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. He continues to lecture and teach as a visiting artist at various institutions, including the Center for Book Arts in New York City, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, and Black-Eyed Press. Ben is the author of Creating Books & Boxes, a step-by-step guide offering sophisticated and original projects for beginners and experienced book-makers alike.