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Transmit Culture: Diversity and Inclusion in the Children’s Publishing Workspace

November 18 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

PSU – Fariborz Maseeh Hall, 1855 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201 + Google Map

A conversation on how the children’s publishing industry handles diversity and representation through their employees and authorship. With guest speaker Nakita Simpson, Designer and Art Director for Portland-based company A Kids Company About. Moderated by the publisher, author, and illustrator Brian Parker from Believe In Wonder.

Nakita is an art director, designer, and illustrator—someone who draws words for a living. She’s a now Portland-based Creative by way of Georgia, Florida, and Toronto (her hometown) who works as an Art Director at A Kids Company About. She’s a lifelong learner who loves to explore creativity through work, travel, crafts, and cooking.
The conversation will be moderated by PSU’s very own Brian Parker. Brian is the current adjunct instructor for Children’s Book Publishing. In 2015, Brian started an independent publishing company, Believe In Wonder, which he co-owns with his wife.
Nakita and Brian will be discussing what happens behind the scenes of publishing and how the children’s publishing industry handles diversity and representation through their employees and authorship.
This will be a great learning opportunity for anyone interested in publishing. We hope to see you there!
Fariborz Maseeh Hall (FMH 234)


PSU – Fariborz Maseeh Hall
1855 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97201
+ Google Map


PSU Book Publishing Program