On Wednesday, January 23, poet Yona Harvey spoke with our students as part of the Woodland Hills Interaction Series. Ms. Harvey is the author of the poetry collection Hemming the Water and she has written for several issues of Marvel Comics' Black Panther series spin-offs. She has also written for the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh's Chutz-Pow! Superheroes of the Holocaust comic book series.
Ms. Harvey gave students an overview of her career and explained her writing process with Marvel Comics. She answered our students' questions regarding her life and work. Special thanks to Ms. Kayla Clair and Mrs. Lisa Silverman for teaching Ms. Harvey's poetry in their classes in order to prepare them for this interaction.
The Woodland Hills Interaction Series (WHIS) started in 2013. The WHIS was created by library media specialist Kevin McGuire and instructional technology coach Jason Coleman with the goal of providing first-class interaction opportunities for students at Woodland Hills Jr/Sr High School.
During our first five years, the WHIS has hosted such notable guests as Jennifer Egan (Pulitzer Prize Winner), Sara Shepard (N.Y. Times Bestseller), Tayari Jones (N.Y. Times Bestseller), Colum McCann (National Book Award Winner/Academy Award nominated writer), Elizabeth Strout (Pulitzer Prize Winner), Dr. Sheri Fink (Pulitzer Prize Winner), Terrance Hayes (National Book Award winner/MacArthur Fellow), Jesse Andrews (N.Y. Times Bestseller), Dr. Cyril Wecht, S.L. Price (Sports Illustrated Senior Writer), and Robert Bilheimer (Academy Award nominated director). Additionally, the WHIS has also hosted local writer Dave Newman, poet Jim Daniels, EPA Director Barnes Johnson, nationally syndicated cartoonist Joe Wos, and U.S. Ambassador Bryant Salter.