SU to host poetry reading and lectures

Poetry reading by Yona Harvey and Tony Medina

Yona Harvey and Tony Medina will be reading poetry on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Main Chapel.

Harvey is the author of a poetry collection called “Hemming the Water.” She is also the winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award from Claremont Graduate University and a finalist for the Hurston-Wright Award. 

Harvey’s work has been anthologized in publications such as “A Poet’s Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry” and “The Force of What’s Possible: Accessibility and the Avant-Garde.”

Medina is the author and editor of 18 books for adults and young readers. He has also won the Paterson Prize for Books and Young People two times. 

Medina was nominated for the Pushcart Prizes for his poems titled “Broke Baroque” and “From the Crushed Voice Box of Freddie Gray.”

The event is sponsored by the English department, the Reflector, the dean of the college of arts and sciences and the women’s center. 

For more information, contact Nicole Santalucia at

Graham Hetrick to speak at SU

Graham Hetrick, the Dauphin County coroner, will be hosting the presentation, “A Look At America’s Insatiable Appetite For Drugs: Does Addiction Discriminate?”

The presentation will give students and the community a different look at the opioid crisis. He will base his presentation on more than 27 years of determining the cause and manner of death to more than 13,000 medical and legal certifications.

Hetrick is a television personality of an Investigation Discovery television show titled “The Coroner: I speak for the Dead.” He says the title of the show is not happenstance.

During the presentation, Hetrick will challenge the norm and how people question the opioid crisis. 

It will look at the connectedness of the mind, body and spirit as well as the impact of diverse cultural groups in America.

“In order for successful recoveries and outcomes, a holistic and comprehensive approach needs to be addressed,” Hetrick said.

The presentation was originally scheduled for March 20, but was canceled because of the snow. A new date will be announced at a later time. 

The event is open to university members and the community. 

For more information, contact Ana Moraña at or (717)-477-1196.

Lecture to discuss substance abuse and older adults

SU graduate Kristen Varner will be hosting a lecture about older adults and substance abuse on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in Shippen Hall Room 224. 

Varner is the Recovery, Advocacy, Service, and Empowerment (RASE) Project director of Carlisle programs, training and advocacy and an active member of the recovery community. 

She facilitates educational trainings, maintains the “In My Own Words” Speakers Bureau and is responsible for advocacy efforts.

In 2013, she was appointed to the Citizens Advisory Committee for Cumberland County Children and Youth. She serves on the Substance Abuse and Prevention Coalition, the Local Housing Options Team, is a committee member for Swatara Township and the Cumberland County Opiate Overdose Coalition.

The lecture is sponsored by the social work and gerontology department. For more information, contact Dara Bourassa at

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