Jesse J. Holland

About Jesse



Jesse J. Holland is an accomplished author, novelist and journalist standing at the junction of African American history and literature for children and adults. He is the author of The Invisibles: The Untold Story of African American Slaves In the White House, which was named one of the Smithsonian Magazine's top history books of 2016. He is also the author of the novel, The Black Panther: Who Is The Black Panther?, from Marvel, the first prose novel featuring the nation's first major black comic book superhero. Jesse is a Race & Ethnicity reporter for The Associated Press in Washington, D.C. A former Supreme Court, White House and congressional reporter, Jesse was named one of The Root's 100 Most Influential African Americans in 2011 and is on the University of Mississippi’s Top 50 Journalism Graduates. Jesse is also the author of 2007's Black Men Built The Capitol: Discovering African American History In and Around Washington, D.C., and the 2016 young adult novel, Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Finn's Story. He hails from Holly Springs, Mississippi and lives in Bowie, Maryland. He graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Liberal Arts degree with an emphasis in journalism and English, and received his Master’s in Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College in Towson, Maryland.