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Jonell Joshua is an Author/Illustrator based in Brooklyn, New York. Her passion for drawing has deep roots stemming from a young age, inspired by her mother’s artwork, familial roots in New York and adolescence spent in the heart of South Jersey and Savannah, Georgia.


Jonell studied at Pratt Institute where she received her BFA in Communications Design with a focus in Illustration. Her work has been recognized by The Society of Illustrators and American Illustration International Motion Art Awards.


AARP, Buzzfeed News, Bloomberg Pursuits,, CRWN Magazine,, NASDAQ, NPR, PBS: American Experience, Plume Publishing, Selah and the Spades Film, The Commonwealth Fund, The New York Times, New York MagazineThe Washington Post...



The Washington Post, Is America at a Point of Reckoning?


Talks + Panels

Boston Comic Arts Foundation, Picture + Panel: Mental Health w/ Cara Bean + Jonell Joshua - May 2024

School Library Journal, Day of Dialogue 2023: A Potpourri of New YA - Fall 2023

Bookmaking: A Process Approach, Pratt Institute, Ezra Jack Keats Foundation - 2023

Boiling Springs High School Social Justice Club, Artist Talk - 2023

Pratt Institute, Art of Leadership Alumni Panel - 2022/2023

Rhizome Voice: The State of Black Art in and Out of the Institution - 2021


Print Magazine - The Daily Heller: A Graphic Memoir of Love, Pain and Healing

This is How We Create Podcast w/ Martine Séverin: How to Write an Illustrative Memoir

The Baram House, Jonell Joshua: Drawing Life

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