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    Joan Naviyuk Kane is the author of poetry and prose collections including The Cormorant Hunter’s Wife (2009), Hyperboreal (2013), The Straits (2015), Milk Black Carbon (2017) and, A Few Lines in the Manifest (2018). Forthcoming in 2018 is Sublingual (November), and in 2019, Another Bright Departure. Works in progress include Dark Traffic (poems), A Field Guide to Contemporary Native Literature (prose), Innuŋuaq (poems), and an autobiographical nonfiction essay collection. Joan Naviyuk Kane is Inupiaq with family from King Island (Ugiuvak) and Mary’s Igloo, Alaska. She was raised in and attended public school in Anchorage, where she currently raises her sons as a single mother. Kane graduated with honors from Harvard College, where she was a Harvard National Scholar, and Columbia University’s School of the Arts, where she was the recipient of a graduate Writing Fellowship.

    She has received the John Haines Award (2004), Rasmuson Foundation Individual Awards (2007, 2016), the Whiting Writer’s Award (2009), the Connie Boochever Fellowship from the Alaska Arts and Cultures Foundation (2009), a National Native Creative Development Program Award from the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center (2009), the Anchorage Museum Theatre Script Contest (2009), and was a finalist for the 2009 Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly Fellowship. Kane received the 2013 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation National Artist Fellowship, the 2013 United States Artists Foundation Creative Vision Award, the 2013 Rasmuson Foundation Artist Fellowship, the 2014 Alaska Literary Award, and the 2016 Aninstantia Foundation Fellowship. In 2014, she was indigenous writer-in-residence at the School For Advanced Research, was Tuttle Creative Residency Fellow at Haverford College and a Fellow at the Hermitage Artist Retreat in 2016, and, in 2017, was a Lannan Foundation Residency Fellow and a judge for the awards of the Griffin Poetry Prize. She was appointed as the first Native Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry in 2018.

    Her poems have been anthologized widely, including Best American Poetry, Hick Poetics, Read America(s), Syncretism & Survival: A Forum on Poetics, Monticello in Mind, and elsewhere, and new poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in amberflora, Alaska Quarterly Review, FLAG + VOID, Pinwheel, Arkansas International, and Boston Review. Her essays have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Sustenance: Writers from BC and Beyond on the Subject of Food, The Poem’s Country: Place & Poetic Practice, and 21|19: Readings in Proximity. Kane will focus her Guggenheim Fellowship year on research and writing related to the role Alaska assumed in national and world dynamics during the Cold War era, and will write toward a contemporary Inupiaq understanding of the historical prominence of the arctic in geopolitical terms, which shall be subsumed or re-contextualized in her creative work. She taught in the low-residency MFA program in writing at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, beginning in January 2014. Immediately prior to joining the faculty of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the Institute of Amerian Indian Arts in its first year, she was part of the management team of Sitnasuak Native Corporation. Rather improbably, having been admitted to St. Vincent Christus in Santa Fe on May 10, 2018 and placed on a-not-to-be-overlooked intravenous dose of methylprednisolone some days prior to the Gold Nugget Triathlon to treat nonspecific tachycardia and a severe and acute allergic reaction to gadobutrol she'd had injected intravenously contemporaneous with like her 57th time being slipped into a clicking and droning MRI machine in Anchorage on May 4, 2018 &c (long story, but there was at least one pelvis involved), she set a PR in her most recent triathlon. You can check out her times and video footage of her leisurely T2 transition and rather non-dilly-dallying finish on the internet. You can also buy some of her books around, but mostly you should have supported Albion Books and snapped up a copy of her real prose debut (well, I mean, long and complex story there, too) because that went out of print. Well, you can also get it in person at the IAIA bookstore. #kaneout

  • "News"

    A Few Lines in the Manifest available, technically [read more]

    2018 Guggenheim Fellows Announced [read more]

    Sublingual soon [read more]

    The Griffin Poetry Prize Announces the 2017 International and Canadian Shortlist [read more]

    Habituating to vastness [read more]

    Arctic cool: Joan Naviyuk Kane [read more]

    Collection from Alaskan Joan Kane a satisfying journey for lyric poetry fans [read more]

    2017 Griffin Poetry Prize judges announced [read more]

    VIDA Voices and Views at AWP 2017 [read more]


  • Recent Appearances


    Library of Congress [interview :: The Borders of Ourselves Along the Contours of Tradition]

    rob mcclennan's blog [interview :: 12 or 20 questions]

    Jeremy Pataky on [ROUGHLY FOR THE NORTH :: launch]

    rob mcclennan's blog [REVIEW of A Few Lines in the Manifest]

    The Guardian [not the Trump poem, but prose this time]

    Arkansas International Review [one poem online, the rest in print]

    Boston Review [ proem]

    Colorado Review [in print]


    Pinwheel Journal

    (look, we can't keep up with everything the Joan Kane does, okay?)

    Crosscurrents: Joan Kane and Roger Reeves [february 2017]

    VIDA Voices and Views [awp2017]

    IAIA MFA Winter Readers Gathering [january 2017]

    academy of american poets [imagine our parks] exceeding beringia

    boston review [national poetry month 2016] three poems

    south as a state of mind [issue #7] documenta 14 #2 three poems





    (in the past)


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