|Experienced With||Teaching engagements, Speaking engagements, Lectures, Leading workshops, For-hire services, Commissions, Collaboration|
Typically drafted by some method of collage or sampling, my work has been described as “nonlinear,” and occasionally mimics song arrangements and folktales.
My first poetry collection, Hemming the Water, speaks to the futility of trying to mend or straighten a life that constantly changes. In that book, I attempt to redirect the disruptions of motherhood and domestic life by employing them through sound and rhythm. Creating a hybrid poem for The Owl Project nudged me toward an evolving space of mixed media and online publication. I feel emboldened by the potentiality of multiple lives for literature—writing that can exist on the traditional printed page, in an electronic format, or transition to another genre.
I enjoy making found poems and centos, and creating new sonic and linguistic patterns. I work toward clarity about a question or predicament, rather than a neat resolution.
Yona Harvey is the author of the poetry collection, Hemming the Water. She contributed to the Marvel Comics anthology World of Wakanda and co-wrote with Ta-Nehisi Coates Black Panther & The Crew.