Competition: US & Canada
Yona Harvey is the author of You Don’t Have to Go to Mars for Love, which received the 2020 Award in Poetry from The Believer magazine. Hemming the Water, her first book of poems, was the winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award from Claremont Graduate University and a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Award.
She received the Inaugural Lucille Clifton Legacy Award in Poetry from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and served as Poet In Residence for the 2018 Queensland Poetry Festival in Brisbane, Australia. She was awarded a 2021-2022 Japan – U.S. Friendship Commission Fellowship and a 2020 Howard Fellowship from the George A. and Eliza Howard Foundation. Between the publication of her two poetry books, Harvey co-wrote Marvel’s World of Wakanda, earning an Eisner Award for best limited series, and co-wrote the comic book series Black Panther & the Crew.
She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is a graduate of Howard University, the Ohio State University, and the University of Pittsburgh.