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Presenting Dasha Kelly & Crystal Cheatham

DASHA KELLY & CRYSTAL CHEATHAM

THURS, JULY 23RD, 630PM-8PM

The Spiral Bookcase is happy to welcome Dasha Kelly, author of Almost Crimson to the shop on Thursday, July 23rd.  Published by Curbside Splendor, Kelly has received powerful accolades, calling her work “candid and heartfelt,” and “a debut of rare power and grace.”  Stop by and discover a gem of a book and get to know the author behind the words.  Local author Crystal Cheatham will also be joining us to share her work and discuss the writing process. 

almost crimsonAbout 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.
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dasha kellyAbout Dasha Kelly:
Dasha Kelly is a nationally-respected writer, artist and social entrepreneur. 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. Dasha holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. She is an alum of the iconic Squaw Valley Writers Community, the former writer-in-residence for the historic Pfister Hotel, and founder of Still Waters Collective, an arts education and community-building initiative. In 2014, Dasha was selected as a U.S. Embassy Arts Envoy to teach and perform in Botswana, Africa. She is also the author of one chapbook Hither and three books: All Fall Down, Hershey Eats Peanuts, and Call It Forth. She lives in Milwaukee, WI.
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About Crystal Cheatham: With an M.F.A. in creative writing from Antioch University, Crystal Cheatham is a freelance writer, editor, singer and LGBT activist.  Check out one of her articles for HuffPost here