Joan Kane

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

Joan Naviyuk Kane is an Inupiaq American poet. She is 2014 Indigenous Writer-in-Residence at the School for Advanced Research.[1] She is a judge for the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize. She was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in 2018.[2]


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 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[3]
  • 2009 Whiting Award [4]
  • 2009 National Native Creative Development Program Longhouse Education and Cultural Center Grantee [5]
  • 2010 Alaska Native Writers on the Environment Award [6]
  • 2012 Donald Hall Prize in Poetry from AWP[7]
  • 2013 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Literature Fellowship [8]
  • 2013 Rasmuson Foundation Artist Fellowship[9]
  • 2014 Indigenous Writer-in-Residence at School for Advanced Research[10]
  • 2014 American Book Award for Hyperboreal
  • 2018 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship[11]


  • "Insomnia at North", AGNI, 3/2006
  • Due North, Columbia University, 2006
  • Cormorant Hunter’s Wife, NorthShore Press, 2009, ISBN 9780979436529; University of Alaska Press, 2012, ISBN 9781602231573
  • Hyperboreal. University of Pittsburgh Press. 21 October 2013. ISBN 978-0-8229-7914-2.
  • Milk Black Carbon. University of Pittsburgh Press. 2017. ISBN 978-0-8229-6451-3
  • The Straits. Voices from the American Land, 2015. V.4, Issue 2


  • The Gilded Tusk, won the Anchorage Museum script contest [12]

In Anthology[edit]

  • Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology. University of Georgia Press, 2018.ISBN 9780820353159


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