LITERARY ARTIST, PITTSBURGH PA
Yona Harvey is an American poet and recipient of the the Kate Tufts Discovery Award for her first poetry collection, Hemming the Water. Her second poetry collection, You Don’t Have to Go to Mars for Love, is forthcoming from Four Way Books in 2020. She is also among the first black women to write for Marvel Comics. She won the inaugural Lucille Clifton Legacy Award in poetry from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and the Carol R. Brown Achievement Award from the Heinz Foundation. She is an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh, teaches creative writing workshops, delivers writing-specific speaker topics, and is at work on her first memoir. She currently serves on the editorial board of Poetry Daily.
Yona’s work has been published and anthologized in many publications including Letters to the Future: Black WOMEN / Radical WRITING, A Poet’s Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry and The Force of What’s Possible: Accessibility and the Avant-Garde. She contributed to Marvel’s World of Wakanda with Ta-Nehisi Coates and Roxane Gay, followed by a collaboration with Coates on Black Panther & The Crew. Her interests and writings in nonfiction recently led her to teach a workshop for Creative Nonfiction magazine: “Writing Away the Stigma for Young Adults,” designed for teens writing about their mental health experiences.
Featured video Walks in Wakanda: Yona in conversation with writer, cultural critic, and Rise of the Black Panther author, Evan Narcisse.
A Pioneer in the Literary World of ‘Black Panther’
DiverseEducation.com | February 18, 2018
Alumna writes for Black Panther comics
OSU.edu | February 16, 2018
Lives of A Poet
PITT Magazine | Summer 2017
Women Writers of Color: Yona Harvey
therumpus.net | March 2017
“Maher’s willful ignorance as to the value of comics inhibits him from recognizing the emotional struggles and triumphs delivered to us every Comic Book Wednesday. Why should a man whose empire revolves around his limited perspective suddenly see? For everyone else, though, there’s an opportunity to view Black Panther, Storm, Luke Cage, Misty Knight and Manifold in a new light—a light that does not blind but illuminates the depth and complexity of who these characters might be.”
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of my female species systematically undermined for the sake of a male leader.
Of course, I stole my files to burn later.
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“Sonnet for a Tall Flower Born at Dinnertime,”
Southern Flower, I want to quote the bard,
to serenade you, to raise a glass to you.
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All above poems published in The Spectacle | Issue No. 02 2016
writing workshop topics include:
The Art of Journaling
The Art of Revision
Archives and Autobiography
DIY: Generating Writing Exercises for yourself and others
Ekphrastic Fantastic: Writing with Art and Music
Mental Health Writing
Politics and Prose: Engaging News and Politics
Visual Arts Poetry
Restorative Writing for Mind and Body
Write Yourself into a Comic (young adults)
speaking topics and one-on-one consultations include:
Budgeting on a Shoestring (women and young adults)
African American Poetry
One Vision, Many Vehicles: Storytelling in Poetry, Nonfiction, and Comics
Poetry Manuscript Editing
Protecting Your Writing Practice
Writing and Censorship
Writing Comics (diversity in comics, women in comics)
Writing and Research
Yes, We Can: Women 40 and over Publishing First Books and Beyond
Yona can be retained as a speaker, reader, or workshop facilitator through her contact form. Inquiries on publications, writings, poems and writing comics are appreciated and emails will be answered as her schedule permits.
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