• Joan Naviyuk Kane

  • the Joan Kane

    Joan Naviyuk Kane is the author of The Cormorant Hunter’s Wife, Hyperboreal, The Straits, and Milk Black Carbon. Her awards include the Whiting Writer’s Award, the Donald Hall Prize in Poetry, the American Book Award, the Alaska Literary Award, and fellowships from the Rasmuson Foundation, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, the School for Advanced Research, and the Aninstantia Foundation.


    Kane graduated 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. Inupiaq with family from King Island and Mary’s Igloo, she raises her sons in Anchorage, Alaska, and is MFA faculty at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

  • News

    • 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

    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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