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Stephanie Hammett
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Stephanie Hammett stephanieh@spokesman.com (509) 459-5013

Stephanie Hammett joined The Spokesman-Review in 2020. As an arts and literature reporter, she covers local authors, fine arts and other A&E events for Features. Have any opera-centric or -adjacent story ideas? She’s your gal.


Most Recent Stories

A&E >  Books
Nov. 28, 2020, 10 a.m.
The result of more than 20 years of research, biologist Sarah Elmeligi’s “What Bears Teach Us” explores the complex behavioral patterns of bears and examines the dynamics of bear-human interactions from the “ursine” perspective. Elmeligi will discuss the special wisdom of bears and the value of incorporating the human dimension.

Nov. 26, 2020, 9 a.m.
Already in its seventh touring year, “The Hip Hop Nutcracker” continues to surprise audiences with its stark juxtaposition of artistic styles. At 7 p.m. Dec. 19, a version of the celebrated holiday dance spectacle, recorded at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, will be streamed online for audiences at home across the country.

A&E >  Books
Nov. 21, 2020, 10 a.m.
Inspired by a project the Minneapolis Star had planned in 2013, the original idea for “Summer Stories” was to run a serialized novel in Sunday’s Today section of The Spokesman-Review. When several local authors started releasing short-story collections around the same time, Carolyn Lamberson, then the features editor, had another idea.

A&E >  Art
Nov. 14, 2020, 2 p.m.
Joyce Wilkens is primarily a visual artist specializing in painting and photography, but, in the last decade, she has gradually been integrating poetry into her creative arsenal. Outside a few high school classes on meter, Wilkens’ journey into the world of poetry began while she was compiling a series of anecdotes.

A&E >  Books
Nov. 7, 2020, 11 a.m.
Author Deborah Cuyle is an expert on paranormal history in the Pacific Northwest. Her local haunted histories include “Haunted Snohomish,” “Haunted Everett,” “Ghosts of Leavenworth & the Cascade Foothills,” “Ghosts of Coeur d’Alene and the Silver Valley” and, coming soon, "Haunted Spokane," among others.

A&E >  Books
Nov. 5, 2020, 9 a.m.
When author V.S. Santoni joined Wattpad a few years ago, he was primarily a content consumer. But when the idea for his popular “Gay Wizard” series came to him in 2017, he knew it was time to start posting his own work. “(‘I’m a Gay Wizard’) was the first thing I ever posted, and it pretty much blew up immediately,” Santoni said. 

Nov. 1, 2020, 4 a.m.
With voting deadlines on the horizon and politics generally raining on parades, escaping it all seems alternately impossible or irresponsible since, according to politicians on both sides of the aisle, we’re about to experience the “most important election of our lifetime.”

Oct. 29, 2020, 9 a.m.
While local ghostologist and historian Chet Caskey isn’t sure when he’ll be able to start running his Spooky Spokane tours again, one thing is certain: There’s no COVID-19 hiatus in “the spirit world.” Caskey remembered being jokingly asked whether ghosts wear face masks. “Short answer: most definitely,” he said.

A&E >  Books
Oct. 27, 2020, 8 a.m.
Novelist Jess Walter’s latest book was driven, in part, by the “horror of the inequality in income and wealth in America,” both now and when the story is set, he told the Northwest Passages Book Club Monday.

A&E >  Books
Oct. 25, 2020, 4 a.m.
Local and No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Jess Walter had always dreamt of becoming a novelist, but journalism came to him first. He couldn’t have asked for a better detour, he said. “It was a great thing for me, to find that sense of curiosity and the deadline chops you get as a writer,” Walter said.

A&E >  Books
Oct. 24, 2020, 10 a.m.
Spokane Community College’s Hagan Center for the Humanities will host a virtual visit with Washington State poet laureate Claudia Castro Luna on Wednesday. The visit is open to the public and will be livestreamed on SCC’s YouTube channel at 6:30 p.m.

A&E >  Books
Oct. 17, 2020, 4 p.m.
A dedicated scholar of medieval literature, Michael Herzog taught the works of Geoffrey Chaucer for nearly 30 of his 45 years at Gonzaga University. Today, he continues to dedicate himself to Chaucer's work in pursuits both scholarly and fictional.

A&E >  Art
Oct. 15, 2020, 1 p.m.
After experimenting with different writing styles for years, local artist and photographer Joyce Wilkens found in poetry an inspiring new world of expression. To celebrate the release of her first collection, “Poetry Pie,” Wilkens will host a socially distanced open house this weekend.

A&E >  Seven
Oct. 15, 2020, 10 a.m.
After consulting the Spokane Parks Department and Spokane Regional Health District about social-distancing requirements, Out Spokane has decided to move the Annual Pride Parade and Rainbow Festival to online this weekend. June, the month in which organizers had hoped to march, marked 29 years of pride in Spokane.

A&E >  Books
Oct. 10, 2020, 11 a.m.
For author and journalist Anne Helen Petersen, writing was not a career she consciously pursued from childhood, but it nonetheless came to her. Petersen will discuss her book, “Can’t Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation,” in a virtual gathering of the Northwest Passages Book Club at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

A&E >  Books
Oct. 10, 2020, 10 a.m.
Twenty-one years ago, a group of 21 San Francisco Bay Area writers pledged that each would attempt to write a 50,000-word manuscript between Nov. 1 and 30. This year, nearly 1 million authors will observe National Novel Writing Month, including all 30 students in Spokane Public Montessori teacher Thomas Coghlan’s 2020 class.

Oct. 8, 2020, 5:54 p.m.
In honor of the Spokane Symphony’s 75th anniversary, author and journalist Jim Kershner and Spokane Symphony principal trumpet Larry Jess discussed Kershner’s book “The Sound of Spokane: A History of the Spokane Symphony” with arts reporter Stephanie Hammett in a virtual gathering of the Northwest Passages Book Club, Wednesday.

A&E >  Books
Oct. 7, 2020, 4 a.m.
Today, the Spokane Symphony celebrates its 75th anniversary. And, although this past year has been less than kind to the symphony, its members continue to draw hope from the countless other trials and tribulations over which they have triumphed during the previous 74.

A&E >  Books
Oct. 3, 2020, 2 p.m.
From the time author and columnist Jim Kershner left high school, more than anything, he wanted to write in whatever style and on whatever subject he could. “It's a tough choice to make,” Kershner said, explaining the difficulty writers face in making a living by their work. But he was determined.

A&E >  Art
Oct. 1, 2020, 10 a.m.
For the last few decades, artist Hank Chiappetta has been best-known for his intricate hardwood carving work. But when he was diagnosed with lung cancer three years ago, he realized that if he wanted to continue creating art, he was going to have to find a new medium.

A&E >  Books
Sept. 26, 2020, 11 a.m.
Born and raised in Coeur d’Alene, author Michael Koep has been at various and concurrent times a poet, painter, fencing competitor, cliff-jumper and member of a rock band. Each of these hobbies, among others, has contributed to the wild, psychological adventure that is Koep’s fantasy series, “The Newirth Mythology.”

A&E >  Books
Sept. 24, 2020, noon
Journalist Sierra Crane Murdoch will discuss her book, “Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman’s Search for Justice in Indian Country” with The Spokesman-Review’s Shawn Vestal in a virtual event hosted by Auntie’s Bookstore at 7 p.m. Saturday.

A&E >  Books
Sept. 20, 2020, 4 a.m.
Originally written as an experimental exploration of a young man’s life growing up under Imperial rule, local author Jeremy TeGrotenhuis’s debut fantasy trilogy has expanded into a world-spanning adventure full of magic, religion, politics and philosophy.

Sept. 18, 2020, 3 p.m.
Recent Northwest Passages Book Club guest author Vanessa Veselka’s “The Great Offshore Grounds” made the 2020 National Book Award long list for fiction, the National Book Foundation announced Friday.

A&E >  Art
Sept. 17, 2020, noon
For more than a decade now, home to the Music Conservatory of Sandpoint and the Pend d’Oreille Arts Council, the downtown building’s role has had much less to do with putting out fires and much more to do with sparking creativity.