Lucas Artists Fellow

Yona Harvey writes poetry, nonfiction, and hybrid works that underscore issues of anxiety, micro aggressions toward Black women, rebellion, and self-care. Her nonfiction chronicles her late sister’s struggles with depression and how conflicting accounts of her sister's death at a Cincinnati, Ohio ER when seeking psychiatric care have impacted her family.

She recently contributed to Marvel's World of Wakanda, a companion series to Ta-Nehisi Coates’s bestselling comic, Black Panther.  She is currently co-writing with Coates another comic book, Black Panther and The Crew. She is the first Black woman to write for Marvel's iconic character Storm.

Her poetry collection, Hemming the Water, was awarded the 2014 Kate Tufts Discovery Award from Claremont Graduate University.  Her writing appears in many publications including The Force of What’s Possible: Accessibility and the Avant-Garde and Writing Away the Stigma: Ten Courageous Writers Tell True Stories About Depression, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, OCD, PTSD & more. 

She received the Heinz Foundation's 2016 Carol R. Brown Achievement Award and St. Mary's College of Maryland's inaugural 2017 Lucille Clifton Legacy Award.