Johnalynn Holland (American b. Nashville TN, lives in Washington, DC) received her BFA in Electronic Arts from The Atlanta College of Art and attended the Howard University Graduate Film and Television program. At Howard, she studied screenwriting and cinematography under Haile Gerima and she was selected as a Screenwriting Fellow for the ABC/Disney New Talent Development Screenwriting Program. She was an Artist-in-Residence at the Taller Portabelo Norte Art Colony in Portabelo, Panama and the Rhode Island WrIters Colony resident in Warren, RI.

After a 14-year career in film and television post production, Johnalynn pivoted  to literature and illustration. Since then, The New York Times bestseller Finish the Fight featured an illustration of Mary Church Terrell and The Guardian named her illustrations of Covid health care workers as their 2020 favorites. As a playwright, her work was featured in The Classical Theater of Harlem’s “Future Classics” series and The Kennedy Center’s “Page to the Stage” program.

When she’s not working on a middle grade novel and children’s book, she’s hanging out with her pit boxer, Taco, and patiently awaiting an Ivy Park gift box.

US Literary/Illustration Rep: Sara Crowe, scrowe(at) | +1 212 338 9310

For inquiries or commissions: johnalynnholland(at)

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
New York University, New York, NY, Washington, DC
UCLA College, Los Angeles, CA
New York Review of Books, New York, NY
The Guardian, New York, NY
GirlTrek, Washington, DC
Science Magazine, Washington, DC, Washington, DC
God Bless the Child Productions, Plainfield, NJ
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN
Kelloggs, Battle Creek, MI
Rebel Girls
Jason Reynolds, Washington, DC

HMH Books/New York Times, New York, NY
The Atlantic, Washington, DC
New York Review of Books, New York, NY
Penguin Books, New York, NY
Little, Brown and Company Books, New York, NY
University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
Cassondra James, New York, NY
In These Times Magazine, New York, NY
Washington Post, Washington, DC

Madhuri Pavamani, Jersey City, NJ
Gay Magazine, New York, NY
Nate Smith
Washington Post, Washinton, DC

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