Previous Narrators

Since its start in 2010, the Pfister Narrator-in-Residence program has seen numerous talented, Milwaukee based writers contribute to the Pfister Hotel Blog, and hundreds of writers apply for the position. Each Narrator has brought their own distinct and unique approach to the program and has subsequently left an impression on the hotel staff and visitors. In 2013 the program was expanded from a six-month residency to a full-year residency; a change that has allowed the Narrator, and the hotel to build a stronger relationship together.

  • Molly Snyder

    Molly Snyder
    May 2013 - April 2014


    During Molly’s original tenure as the 6th Pfister Narrator, the position was revamped to run for a full year instead of six months.


    Snyder has lived in Milwaukee her entire life. She started keeping a diary when she was four and published her first poem at age 10 called “The Unicorn” in the now-defunct Shorewood Herald. Today, she writes less about mythical creatures and more about Milwaukee people and places. She is a senior writer at, where she has worked for the last 12 years. Telling people’s stories is her passion.

  • Jenna Kashou

    Jenna Kashou
    November 2012 - April 2013


    A Milwaukee native and freelance writer, Kashou has published in local publications such as Milwaukee Magazine, M Magazine and the Shepherd Express. Find her weekly adventures of city life as's ‘Girl About Town.’ Kashou earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa in mass communications and Spanish, and a graduate certificate in digital storytelling from Marquette University. By day, she has worked in the nonprofit sector in arts and education for 10 years. In her spare time, Jenna enjoys dabbling in everything from being a DJ and photography to do-it-yourself deco, yoga and rock climbing.

  • Dasha Kelly

    Dasha Kelly
    May - October 2012


    Kelly is founder and director of Still Waters Collective, a Milwaukee-based outreach initiative utilizing the transformative power of the written and spoken word. She has performed and delivered workshops to writers, youth, educators, co-eds, executives, inmates and artists throughout the U.S. She is also an HBO Def Poetry alum. As a poet and novelist, Kelly’s writings have appeared in anthologies, textbooks, magazines and online.

  • Ed Makowski

    Ed Makowski
    November 2011 - April 2012


    Makowski is a poet, writer, and dabbler in visual arts. While publishing as Eddie Kilowatt, he released the poetry collections Manifest Density (Full Contact, 2006) and Carrying a Knife in to the Gunfight (Full Contact, 2007). Density was included in Best New Poetry of 2006 and Carrying won the Carma Writer's Award. His poems have been published in many print and Internet journals. Makowski contributed interviews to Milwaukee's NPR station 89.7 WUWM, where he also curated the Lunch Counter storytelling series.

  • Stacie Williams

    Stacie Williams
    May - October 2011


    With a love of stories and storytelling, Stacie Williams worked at a local Milwaukee bookstore for more than five years, and has experience in travel writing and blogging. She studied theater at University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee and was active in its creative writing program. Williams was chosen to serve as narrator based on her writing style and outgoing personality.

  • Julie Ferris

    Julie Ferris
    November 2010 - April 2011


    Julie was the first-ever Pfister Narrator. An established blogger, Ferris also has experience in teaching, management, public relations and media writing. She holds a Ph.D. in mass communications and journalism from The University of Iowa.

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