Judging Books by Covers – August 22

As part of the Summer Writing Project, an annual collaboration between Black Hill PressJukePop, and 1888 that advocates writing and supports reading, we present a panel to discuss Judging Books by Covers.


This panel of art and design experts will debate the importance of the book cover and the author as a brand.


Diana Arterian of Noemi Press and Ricochet

Deena Drewis of Nouvella

Sunyoung Lee of Kaya Press


Saturday, August 22, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Barnes & Noble

791 South Main Street, Unit 100, Orange, CA 92868


Thanks to our partners and sponsors this event is free and open to the public.  This program will also be recorded and published on our podcast, The How The Why.


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Diana Arterian


Diana Arterian was born and raised in Arizona. She currently resides in Los Angeles where she is pursuing her PhD in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California. She holds an MFA in poetry from CalArts, where she was a Beutner Fellow. Diana is a Poetry Editor at Noemi Press, and a Managing Editor and founding member of Ricochet. She has recently been honored with residencies and scholarships from Caldera Arts Center and Vermont Studio Center. Her chapbook, Death Centos, was published by Ugly Duckling Presse, and her writing and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in AsymptoteBlack Warrior Review,CircumferenceDenver QuarterlyDIAGRAMEleven ElevenTwo Serious Ladiesand The Volta, among others.



Deena Drewis


Deena Drewis is the founder and editor of Nouvella, an independent press dedicated to novellas. Nouvella titles have been selected as a National Jewish Book Award winner, a Lambda Literary Award finalist and an Amazon Best Book of the Month, and have gone on to help launch the careers of New York Times Bestselling authors such as Edan Lepucki and Emma Straub.



Sunyoung Lee


Kaya Press is a group of dedicated writers, artists, readers, and lovers of books working together to publish the most challenging, thoughtful, and provocative literature being produced throughout the Asian and Pacific Island diasporas. We believe that people’s lives can be changed by literature that pushes us past expectations and out of our comfort zone. We believe in the contagious potential of creativity combined with the means of production.