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: creative nonfiction; poetry; 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; Indigenous feminisms & genders; translation; transnational identities; multimedia forms; criticism and critical theory; climate change; environment; environmental humanities; archive and accessibility; the arctic.

Selected Works: Joan Naviyuk Kane is Inupiaq with family from King Island (Ugiuvak) and Mary’s Igloo (Qawairaq), enrolled to the King Island Native Community, and was a 2019-2020 Hilles Bush Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and a 2020-21 Mellon Fellow at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Brown Unversity. 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), Another Bright Departure (2019) and Dark Traffic (2021). 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, Lannan Foundation, and the Millay Colony. She is 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 serves as a lecturer in the departments of Race, Colonialism and Diaspora and English at Tufts University, where she teaches Native American and Indigenous Studies and Poetry. Her work has recently appeared in The Yale Review, Living Nations, Living Words: An Anthology of First Peoples Poetry, All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis, andThe Long Devotion: Poets Writing Motherhood.


I welcome conversation with first-generation students, BIPOC students; BLGTQ2S students.

(Photo Credit: Tony Rindaldo)

Contact Information

Office: Lamont Library 407
Office Hours: by appointment & Tuesdays 930-1130am