Dillard, Louisiana’s first Historically Black University,

Presents a Panel Discussion with

authors from the


Wednesday, March 10, 6 PM (EST)


On Facebook Live


In celebration of the importance of historically black colleges and universities in achieving Black literary excellence, Dillard University will present The Black Panther Tales of Wakanda Virtual Program, a panel discussion showcasing esteemed authors from the brand new anthology Black Panther: Tales of Wakanda, edited by Jesse J. Holland and published by Titan Books.  The event will take place at Dillard University on Wednesday, March 10 at 3 pm (PST), 4 pm (MT), 5 pm (CST), and 6 pm (EST).  This event is being hosted by Dillard University’s English Program, School of Humanities with award-winning poet Dr. Mona Lisa Saloy as event facilitator.

The program will showcase authors Jesse J. Holland, Dr. Glenn Parris, Milton Davis, Kyoko M., Danian Darrell Jerry, and Linda Addison with contributor Sheree Renée Thomas, the Editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction as moderator.

To register in advance for this free event, please click onto: https://bit.ly/36UbcYo.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

For more information about this event, please contact Kim McMillon at (510) 681-5652 or email kimmac@pacbell.net.



9781789095678 | March 9, 2021 | Hardback | $25.95/£17.99 | 480pp

 event author bios:


Jesse J. Holland is the author of The Black Panther: Who is the Black Panther? prose novel, which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award in 2019. He is also author of The Invisibles: The Untold Story of African American Slaves Inside the White House, which was named as the 2017 silver medal award winner in U.S. History in the Independent Publisher Book Awards and one of the top history books of 2016 by Smithsonian.com. Jesse is also the author of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Finn’s Story young adult novel, the nonfiction book Black Men Built The Capitol: Discovering African American History in and Around Washington, D.C., and is one of the co-creators of the late, lamented comic strip, Hippie and the Black Guy.  He is currently the Saturday host for C-SPAN Washington Journal as well as an assistant professor of Media & Public Affairs at The George Washington University. He is a former Race & Ethnicity writer for The Associated Press, as well as a former  White House, Supreme Court and Congressional reporter. Jesse was awarded a doctorate of humane letters from Lemoyne-Owen College in 2018.  You can see more at his website, www.jessejholland.com



Linda D. Addison is an award-winning author of five collections, including How to Recognize a Demon Has Become Your Friend, and the first African-American recipient of the Horror Writers Association Bram Stoker Award®. She has received the HWA Mentor of the Year Award and the HWA Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2020, the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association designated her a Grand Master of Fantastic Poetry, and she has over 350 poems, stories, articles in print. Linda received her fifth HWA Bram Stoker Award this year for The Place of Broken Things, written with Alessandro Manzetti. She’s excited about the 2020 release of a film (inspired by her poem of same name) Mourning Meal by award-winning producer/director Jamal Hodge. She has fiction in three early landmark anthologies celebrating African-American speculative writers: the award-winning anthology Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction (Warner Aspect), Dark Dreams I and II (Kensington), and Dark Thirst (Pocket Books). Her work has made frequent appearances over the years on the honorable mention list for Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and Year’s Best Science Fiction. She has a BS in Mathematics from Carnegie-Mellon University and currently lives in Arizona.



Milton Davis is a Black fantastic fiction writer and owner of MVmedia, LLC, a publishing company specializing in science fiction and fantasy based on African/African Diaspora culture, history and traditions. Milton is the author of nineteen novels; his most recent is the postapocalyptic adventure Gunman’s Peace. He is the editor and co-editor of nine anthologies; The City, Terminus, Blacktastic, Dark Universe with Gene Peterson; Griots: A Sword and Soul Anthology and Griot: Sisters of the Spear with Charles R. Saunders; The Ki Khanga Anthology, the Steamfunk! anthology, and the Dieselfunk anthology with Balogun Ojetade. MVmedia has also published Once Upon A Time in Afrika by Balogun Ojetade and Abegoni: First Calling and Nyumbani Tales by Sword and Soul creator and icon Charles R. Saunders. Milton’s work has also been featured in Black Power: The Superhero Anthology; Skelos 2: The Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy Volume 2, Steampunk Writers Around the World published by Luna Press, and Bass Reeves Frontier Marshal Volume Two. His Steamfunk story “The Swarm” was nominated for the 2017 British Science Fiction Award. You can contact Milton Davis from his website: https://www.miltonjdavis.com.



Danian Darrell Jerry, a writer, teacher, and musician, holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Memphis where he teaches literature and English composition. He is a 2020 VONA Fellow and a Fiction Editor of Obsidian. Danian founded Neighborhood Heroes, a youth arts program that employs comic books and literary arts. He also works with special needs students at the Bowie Reading and Learning Center. He was a featured guest at the 2019 Mercedes-Benz SXSW MeConvention at Frankfurt, Germany. His work is discussed in This Ain’t Chicago: Race, Class, & Regional Identity in the Post-Soul South (University of North Carolina Press), Hip Hop in America: A Regional Guide (two volumes, Greenwood), and other publications. As a professor, he taught fiction writing and performance reading at Memphis College of Art, and he teaches literature and composition at the University of Memphis and serves as a Writing Specialist at Rust College. Currently, he is revising his first novel, Boy with the Golden Arm. As a child, he read and drew comics, and as an adult he writes his own adventures. His work appears or is forthcoming in Fireside Fiction, Apex-Magazine.com and Trouble the Waters: Tales from the Deep.


Kyoko M is a USA Today bestselling author, a fangirl, and an avid book reader. She is the author of The Black Parade urban fantasy series and the Of Cinder and Bone science-fiction series. Her debut novel, The Black Parade, has been positively reviewed by Publishers Weekly and New York Times and USA Today-bestselling novelist, Ilona Andrews. She has been both a moderator and a panelist for comic book and science fiction/fantasy conventions like Dragon*Con, Geek Girl Con, Multiverse Con, Momocon, and The State of Black Science Fiction. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Lit degree from the University of Georgia, which gave her every valid excuse to devour book after book with a concentration in Greek mythology and Christian mythology. When not working feverishly on a manuscript (or two), she can be found buried under her Dashboard on Tumblr, or chatting with fellow nerds on Twitter, or curled up with a good Harry Dresden novel on a warm Georgia night. Like any author, she wants nothing more than to contribute something great to the best profession in the world, no matter how small.


Glenn Parris writes medical mystery, Afrofuturistic science fiction, and historical fiction. The Renaissance of Aspirin, his debut novel which garnered rave reviews, and paranormal fantasy, Unbitten: A Vampire Dream have both been adapted to screen plays. His short story, “The Tooth Fairies, Quest for Tearhaven,” heads up the anthology Where the Veil is Thin. Speculative science fiction novel, Dragon’s Heir, The Archeologist’s Tale, an allegory of culture, caste and imperialism, is scheduled for publication by Outland Entertainment this spring. Over the past 30 years, Glenn Parris has taught young medical students and residents as faculty at Emory School of Medicine, as well as at Morehouse School of Medicine and Philadelphia School of Osteopathic Medicine. Currently, he is Medical Director of a large rheumatology practice in the northeast Atlanta suburbs.



Sheree Renée Thomas is the author of Nine Bar Blues: Stories from an Ancient Future (Third Man Books), her first all fiction collection, and her work appears in The Big Book of Modern Fantasy (1945–2010) edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer (Vintage Anchor). She is also the author of two multigenre/hybrid collections, Sleeping Under the Tree of Life, longlisted for the 2016 Otherwise Award, and Shotgun Lullabies (Aqueduct Press), described as a “revelatory work like Jean Toomer’s Cane.” A Cave Canem Fellow honored with residencies at the Millay Colony of the Arts, VCCA, Bread Loaf Environmental, Blue Mountain, and Art Omi / Ledig House, her stories and poems are widely anthologized and her essays appear in The New York Times. She edited the two-time World Fantasy Award-winning volumes, Dark Matter (2000, 2004), that first introduced W.E.B. Du Bois’s work as science fiction and was the first Black author to be honored with the World Fantasy Award since its inception in 1975. She serves as the Associate Editor of the award-winning journal Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora (Illinois State University, Normal) and the Editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, founded in 1949. Sheree was recently honored as a 2020 World Fantasy Award Finalist in the Special Award – Professional category for her contributions to the genre. She lives in Memphis, Tennessee, near a mighty river and a pyramid. Learn more at www.shereereneethomas.com


Event Facilitator:

Mona lisa saloy

Mona Lisa Saloy, Author & Folklorist, Educator, and Scholar is Conrad N. Hilton Endowed Professor of English at Dillard University. An award-winning author of contemporary Creole culture in poems about Black New Orleans before and after Katrina, as a Folklorist, Saloy documents sidewalk songs, jump-rope rhymes, and clap-hand games to discuss the importance of play.  As a poet, her first book, Red Beans & Ricely Yours, won the T.S. Eliot Prize and the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award and tied for a third. She's written on the significance of the Black Beat poets, on the African American Toasting Tradition, on Black & Creole talk, on conditions  and keeping Creole after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, and her new book, Second Line Home, is a refreshing collection of poems that captures the day-to-day New Orleans speech, contemplates family dynamics, celebrates New Orleans, and all in a way everyday people can enjoy.


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