IMG_4802 (1)Yona Harvey is a literary artist living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is the author of the poetry collection, Hemming the Water, which won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award.  She is also the recipient of an Individual Artist Grant in literary nonfiction from The Pittsburgh Foundation.   Her poems can be found in jubilat, Gulf Coast, Callaloo, West Branch, and various journals and anthologies, including A Poet’s Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry. She lives not far from where jazz pianist and composer Mary Lou Williams grew up. Williams married the spiritual to the secular in her music, and is a regular muse in Yona’s writing.

She is an assistant professor in the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh.