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Dasha Kelly Hamilton has appeared on "HBO Presents Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam" and has been named Artist of the Year by the city of Milwaukee.

A reading and discussion with poet Dasha Kelly Hamilton is at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Pablo Center at the Confluence's Clearwater Recital Hall, 128 Graham Ave.

The event is organized by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters and the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild.

Hamilton, a writer and performer, has released four spoken-word recordings, written two novels, and appeared in "HBO Presents Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam." She has twice been a finalist for poet laureate of Wisconsin and was named Artist of the Year by the city of Milwaukee.

For tickets, which range from $8 to $10, go to pablocenter.org or call 715-492-0240.