Yona Harvey-Department of English - Carnegie Mellon University

Yona Harvey

Assistant Teaching Professor of English

Department of English
Carnegie Mellon University
Baker Hall 2595000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890USA
Office: Baker Hall 260 E
Phone: (412) 268-9156
Fax: (412) 268-7989


My experiences in archives and information science, as a writer in the schools, and as a collaborator with other artists all inform my work as an emerging poet. Expanding the ways in which poetry is written and read interests me most. Using non-poetry texts to read and compose poetry is also of interest to me at home and in the classroom: music reviews, fashion magazines, old grammar primers, and cookbooks are all fair game. I am constantly searching for new audio archives and rare recordings in poetry, which are becoming more accessible on The Internet. Recordings and texts of some of my poems are housed at the outstanding  Fishouse Audio Archive.


  • MLIS, University Of Pittsburgh
  • MFA, The Ohio State University
  • BA, Howard University

Recent Publications

“Tarry: Notes On Polyphonics," "Mary J. (Upswing)," "The Antelope As Document," "Schotlekotte," and "Even Disasters": No Tell Motel, 2010

“Hurricane”: jubilat, 2010

“Mother, Love”: Bat City Review, 2009

“Ocean Song” and “Theory of the Unheld.” Poetry Memoir Story, 2007
“In Toni Morrison’s Head,” Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade.  Toi Derricotte And Cornelius Eady, Eds. University Of Michigan Press, 2006