F243. You CAN Judge a Journal by Its Cover: Editors on Cover Art

Room 200 F&G, Level 2
Friday, April 10, 2015
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Four editors of leading literary journals discuss the aesthetic and impact factors that go into matching the literary arts with wonderful cover art. Through the examples of the journals’ most successful covers, this panel will address finding artists for covers, considering design costs, weighing the politics of certain images, and more. Finally, the editors will share their reasons for thinking seriously and boldly about cover art and what impact these images have on editorial material within.



Kwame Dawes is author of eighteen collections of poetry; two novels; several anthologies; and plays. He has won a Pushcart Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an Emmy Award. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he is a Chancellor's Professor of English and Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner.

David Lynn has been the editor of the Kenyon Review since 1994. His most recent book is Year of Fire, short stories.

Quincy Troupe is the editor of Black Renaissance Noire at New York University. He has authored twenty books, ten volumes of poems, and three children’s books. His work has been translated into over thirty languages. Castor Astral will publish Errançities and Other Poems translated into French in 2015. 

Kirby Johnson is the founding editor of NANO Fiction and the editor of Black Warrior Review. She has previously been an administrator for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Gulf Coast; and Arte Publico Press.


March 8–11, 2023
Seattle, Washington

Seattle Convention Center