|2021||Poet Laureate of Milwaukee, WI and Wisconsin state|
In 2021, Dasha Kelly Hamilton was named an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow. Hamilton will create a Milwaukee Youth Poet Laureate program and position, which will be an immersive and divergent approach to youth dialogue, leadership, and literary arts. The inaugural Milwaukee Youth Poet Laureate will be selected through a contest. Top pieces from the contest will be included in an anthology and finalists will advance to a recognition showcase. The showcase winner will serve as Milwaukee Youth Poet Laureate through their senior year and graduation and earn scholarships for college, or seed funding for a business.