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Voices Against Violence

Sunday, June 3, 2018, 1— 3 pm
Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts
3834 Main St, Riverside, CA 92501

Join the Inlandia Institute on Sunday June 3, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. for Conversations at the Culver: Voices Against Violence featuring Nikia Chaney and Shonda Buchanan with Allyson Jeffredo and Lydia Theon Ware i. This event will take place at the Culver Center, located at 3834 Main St, Riverside, CA 92501.

Voices Against Violence seeks to contextualize the impact of violence through a humanities framework by providing a program that supports reflection, conversation, and self-empowerment, highlighting the personal experience of individuals affected by violence in the community of San Bernardino County and two of its outlying cities, Redlands and Riverside.

San Bernardino is still healing from the 2015 Dec. 2 terror attack, and the 2017 North Park Elementary School shooting. Other incidents of violence including domestic abuse and police brutality are also unfortunately still prevalent. This program included writing workshops and will culminate in a public exhibition this summer. This special Conversations at the Culver will invite the community to weigh in on the conversation.

About the speakers:

Nikia Chaney is the current Inlandia Literary Laureate (2016-2018).  She is the author of two chapbooks, Sis Fuss (2012, Orange Monkey Publishing) and ladies, please (2012, Dancing Girl Press).  She is founding editor of shufpoetry, an online journal for experimental poetry, and founding editor of Jamii Publishing, a publishing imprint dedicated to fostering community among poets and writers.

Award-winning author and educator Shonda Buchanan is the former Fall 2017 Writer-in-Residence in the Department of English at William & Mary College. Currently a lecturer at California State University, Northridge, Shonda’s family memoir, Black Indian, will be released by Wayne State University Press February 2019. Shonda is currently working on a collection of poetry about the critically acclaimed singer and concert pianist, Nina Simone as well as a novel and a screenplay. For more information, visit

Allyson Jeffredo is a writer of Southern California. Her work can be found in The Fem, Cider Press Review, Slipstream Press and others. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from California State University, San Bernardino and currently teaches writing to elementary and college students of the Inland Empire.

Dane Lydia Florence Theon Ware i is the author of Signs a tiny gift book and D.I.R.T.; A Poem Song. She is a self taught poet, an actor and a Certified Peer Support Specialist. She has also performed her work at L.A. City College, at USC, and at UCLA. Lydia has been a Peer Artist teaching poetry at the Art Works Gallery Recovery Arts Corps. She was involved with the performance troupe Acting Out Loud in the original play Jubilee a play of Recovery and Hope. Currently Lydia will be teaching this summer a Ten Week Intensive called “Cartless” with the Riverside homeless population; in partnership with Inlandia Institute and The Path of Life Ministries.







This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit

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