The Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic, DogStar Books and Iris G. Press are pleased to announce “An Evening of Poetry with Fledgling Rag, featuring Yona Harvey” on Tuesday, April 30 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm.

Yona Harvey
, Carnegie Mellon University Professor of Creative Writing, will read from the newly-released 12th issue of the Lancaster-based poetry journal, Fledgling Rag as well as from her critically acclaimed collection,Hemming the Water. Also appearing will be Pittsburgh poet Tameka Cage Conley and Lancaster County poetsMarci Nelligan and Jeff Rath all who have been published in Fledgling Rag.

The evening will be hosted by former patient of the clinic and current editor of Iris G. Press, Le Hinton, as part of the 75th anniversary celebrations of this pioneering Clinic. The Clinic founded in 1938 on North Lime Street by local orthodontist, Dr. Herbert K. Cooper, was the first clinic in the world dedicated exclusively to the treatment of children with cleft lip and palate. Last year, under the direction of Dr. Cooper’s grandson, Dr. Ross Long Jr., the Clinic returned to its roots as a free-standing cleft/craniofacial clinic.

Everyone is welcome. The event is free.  However, donations to the Clinic are encouraged. Free tickets can be obtained online from Millersville University at muticketsonline.com/list/mu-lancaster-events/.  Pre-event donations can also be made at this website.

Copies of both Hemming the Water (Four Way Books, 2013) and Fledgling Rag, Issue 12 will be available at the event. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of both collections of poetry will go to the Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic.

The evening is sure to please poetry aficionados and supporters of the Clinic, so please join us on April 30 from 7:30 – 9.00 pm for this special event!

For more information about the Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic please visit www.cleftclinic.org.


Harvey_Front_Cover - CopyYona Harvey is a literary artist living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is the author of Hemming the Water (Four Way Books: New York, 2013) and the recipient of an Individual Artist Grant from The Pittsburgh Foundation.  More information can be found at www.yonaharvey.com.


  1. Nice.

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