Joan Kane

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Joan Naviyuk Kane
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reading at Lannan Center, 2014
Nationality American
Ethnicity Inupiaq
Alma mater Harvard College;
Columbia University
Genres Poet, novelist

Joan Naviyuk Kane is an Inupiaq American poet. She is 2014 Indigenous Writer-in-Residence at the School for Advanced Research[1]


Joan Kane is Inupiaq Eskimo, with family from King Island and Mary's Igloo, Alaska. She graduated from Harvard College and from Columbia University with an M.F.A.

She lives in Anchorage, Alaska with her husband and sons.


  • 2004 John Haines Award from Ice Floe Press
  • 2006 Walt Whitman Award semi-finalist by the Academy of American Poets
  • 2007 Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Award
  • 2009 Whiting Writers' Award [2]
  • 2009 National Native Creative Development Program Longhouse Education and Cultural Center Grantee [3]
  • 2010 Alaska Native Writers on the Environment Award [4]
  • 2012 Donald Hall Prize in Poetry from AWP[5]
  • 2013 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Literature Fellowship [6]
  • 2013 Rasmuson Foundation Artist Fellowship[7]
  • 2014 Indigenous Writer-in-Residence at School for Advanced Research[8]



  • "The Gilded Tusk," won the Anchorage Museum script contest [9]


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