Dasha Kelly Hamilton ’11

Dasha Kelly Hamilton ’11 (Antioch University Los Angeles, MFA in Creative Writing) was named the 2021-2022 Wisconsin Poet Laureate. Dasha is being honored for her work in the creative industry, the education and training of young poets and writers, and her many other contributions toward improving the industry in Wisconsin. Hamilton makes history as the first Black woman to hold the title of Wisconsin Poet Laureate.

Hamilton was named artist of the year in 2016 by the Milwaukee Arts Board. In 2019 she was named Milwaukee’s Poet Laureate. This makes her the second person ever to hold both positions. She is a poet, performer, and an alum of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. Hamilton leads the nonprofit Still Waters Collective, which curates poetry programming and spoken word events. She has been an assistant professor at Mount Mary University, Alverno College, Bryant & Stratton, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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Gwynne Garfinkle ‘06

Gwynne Garfinkle’s ‘06 (Antioch University Los Angeles, MFA in Creative Writing) piece, “Sinking, Singing,” was reprinted by Mermaids Monthly.

Theresa Daskalakis ‘14

Theresa Daskalakis ‘14 (Antioch University Los Angeles, BA) had a piece, “Silent Night,” appear in Tipping the Scales. 

Jeri Frederickson ‘18

Jeri Frederickson’s ‘18 (Antioch University Los Angeles, MFA in Creative Writing) chapbook You Are Not Lost will be published by Finishing Line Press on October 1, 2021.

Jesus Francisco Sierra ‘18

Jesus Francisco Sierra ‘18 (Antioch University Los Angeles, MFA in Creative Writing) was accepted into and attended a two-week residency at Mesa Refuge. His essay, “Twelve Grapes,” was published in the Write Now! SF Bay anthology Essential Truths: The Bay Area in Color.

Mary Birnbaum ‘17

Mary Birnbaum’s ‘17 (Antioch University Los Angeles, MFA in Creative Writing) essay, “Everything Was Wild, No One Was a Stranger,” was a 2021 Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize finalist.

Rebecca Kuder ‘01

Rebecca Kuder’s ‘01 (Antioch University Los Angeles, MFA in Creative Writing) essay, “A Trampoline,” was published in Los Angeles Review of Books.

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