Author, Poet Yona Harvey to Perform


posted March 14, 2018

Author Yona Harvey will perform on Monday, April 16, 2018, at 7 p.m., in the Whalley Memorial Chapel on the Pitt-Johnstown campus.

The event, sponsored by Pitt-Johnstown’s Humanities Division, is free of charge and open to the public. A book-signing will follow.

Yona Harvey’s first book, Hemming the Water, won the prestigious Kate Tufts Discovery Award.  Her poetry has been anthologized in many publications including 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.

Ms. Harvey — the first of two African-American women to write for Marvel Comics— contributed to Black Panther: World of Wakanda and Black Panther & The Crew: We Are the Streets.

She is an assistant professor in the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh’s Oakland campus.

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Harvey’s appearance marks the 15th anniversary of a reading series begun in 2004 and made possible by a generous endowment from UPJ alumna Esther Goldhaber Jacovitz.  Previous poets have included Aja Monet, Mark Doty, and Terrance Hayes, among others.

Note: this event was rescheduled from an earlier date due to weather.

The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown was founded in 1927 and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and by Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization.” The distinctive combination of Pitt-Johnstown’s people, programs, and place results in exceptional performance in preparing students for career and professional success. Pitt-Johnstown is the regional leader, educating for success in the Real World.