Hi, I’m Justin Campbell, a Puerto Rican/Liberian-American author/illustrator and professional performer based in Brooklyn, NY.

I love mixing visual and performance art, being inspired by my background in dance, movement, and theater. With the desire to be the “griot” of the family, I write stories that explore, and celebrate the interconnectivity, imperfection, and uniqueness of BIPOC people while challenging stereotypes and narrow constructions of identity, gender norms, and the stigmatization of queerness. I aim to reveal the softness, gentleness, and vulnerability of Black/Brown characters.

Graduate of Montclair State University with a BFA in Dance and a Minor in Art Studio & Design (Illustration), I now perform professionally, nationally, and internationally.

For more information about my performance career, visit www.justincampbellnyc.com.

I write for the child I was who struggled to navigate a world that did not see him and my greatest wish is to be a true storyteller OF and FOR the world by adding to the legacy of BIPOC stories and characters, paying tribute to ancestral influence, and helping facilitate change for the future.

Proud member of SCBWI.

Influences include: International Folklore, Americana Folk Art, African stories and art (specifically West African), the Black experience, Caribbean and Native American stories, Fairytales, Mythology, Fantasy, Nature, the OCEAN <3, Dance, Music, Steven Universe, Pokemon, The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Emperor’s New Groove, Disney Animation, Bollywood, Hayao Miyazaki, Brett Helquist, Anoosha Syed, Lina Iris Viktor, Loish, Gregory Maguire, Gravity Falls, Avatar the Last Airbender, Happily Ever After, Harry Potter, Prince (Owwwah), Aaliyah, Beyonce, Musicals, Bravery, Love, Acceptance, Curiosity, Exploration, the complexity of being just HUMAN, and so much more 😉