Joan Naviyuk Kane

Joan Naviyuk Kane

Visiting Lecturer on English
Joan Kane Photoe

Education: B.A., Harvard College (2000)
M.F.A., Columbia University (2006)

Interests: poetry; creative nonfiction; creative writing; Native American and Indigenous studies; cultural studies; BIPOC and nonwhite literature; gender and cultural studies; cross-genre experimentation; ecopoetics, oral narratives; global history; Indigenous languages; translation; transnational identities; multimedia forms; criticism and critical theory; climate change;  environment; archive and accessibility; the arctic.

Selected Works: Joan Naviyuk Kane is Inupiaq with family from King Island (Ugiuvak) and Mary’s Igloo, Alaska and was a 2019-2020 Hilles Bush Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Her publications include the essay collection A Few Lines in the Manifest (2018), and poetry books and chapbooks The Cormorant Hunter’s Wife (2009), Hyperboreal (2013), The Straits (2015), Milk Black Carbon (2017), Sublingual (2018), and Another Bright Departure (2019). She has been the recipient of the Whiting Writer’s Award, the Donald Hall Prize in Poetry, the American Book Award, the Alaska Literary Award, the United States Artists Foundation Creative Vision Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry, and fellowships and residencies from the Rasmuson Foundation, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, the School for Advanced Research, the Aninstantia Foundation, the Hermitage Artist Retreat and the Lannan Foundation. She has been a finalist for the PEN USA Literary Award, the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly Fellowship, and the Dorset Prize. She was founding core faculty in creative nonfiction and poetry in the graduate creative writing program at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico and also serves as a lecturer in the department of Race, Colonialism and Diaspora at Tufts University, where she teaches Contemporary Indigenous Literature and Culture. Her work has recently appeared in Yale Review, Salamander, and When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry.

(Photo Credit: Tony Rindaldo)

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