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Conversations at the Culver June 2024

Conversations at the Culver

How to do Justice to Diversity in Fiction: Journey to Merveilleux City

Rescheduled to June 27 on Zoom

Free and open to the public
Culver Center of the Arts

Event Info


This event has been rescheduled for Thursday, June 27, at 7:00 PM on ZOOM.
You may register for the June 27 ZOOM event at:

How do we, as writers, tell the stories of characters whose lived experience is different from our own? How do we create a world in our work that’s true to the multicultural spaces we inhabit – without risking the misappropriation of those cultures?

Please join Romaine Washington and Stephanie Barbé Hammer in conversation about Stephanie’s new novella, Journey to Merveilleux City, finalist for the Foreword Indie book award, Mystery category. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Stephanie Barbé Hammer is a 7-time Pushcart Prize nominee in fiction, nonfiction and poetry. She recently moved to Santa Barbara with her husband, writer Larry Behrendt, and she rejoices daily in her ability to walk to coffee and Trader Joe’s.

Romaine Washington, M. Ed., is the editor of These Black Bodies Are… A Blacklandia Anthology and the author of Purgatory Has an Address (Bamboo Dart Press) and Sirens in Her Belly (Jamii Publications). She has been published in various anthologies and periodicals, including Inlandia Institute’s San Bernardino Singing anthology and “Cholla Needles 32, 36 and 39.”

Ms. Washington is a graduate fellow of The Watering Hole, South Carolina, and the Inland Area Writing Project at the University of California, Riverside. She was a public school educator for over twenty years and has developed a social justice curriculum available for free on her website: The proud mother of two sons, Romaine Washington is a native Californian from San Bernardino who resides in the Inland Empire.