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  • A p p e a r a n c e S (IN THE DISTANT PAST)

    readings, teaching & talks

    photo by Santee Frazier

    in 2016

    State University of New York at Geneseo

    The Genesee Literary Forum
    205 Doty Hall, Park Street
    Geneseo, NY

    November 10, 2016 6 pm


    Women in a Changing World

    with Gail Devers and Geraldine Fabrikant

    Asolo Repertory Theater

    5555 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL

    October 7, 2016 530pm


    Institute of American Indian Arts 2016 Fall Writer's Festival

    Santa Fe, NM
    with Amanda Boyden and Melissa Febos​

    Friday, July 29 6pm​


    Naropa Summer Writing Program

    Boulder, Colorado

    Naropa University Performing Arts Center

    2130 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder

    Tuesday, June 21 at 730pm

    with Dorothy Wang, Cedar Sigo, Roberto Tejada


    Association of Writers and Writing Programs

    Annual Conference

    Pitt Poetry Series Reading: The West Coast Connection

    Room 403 A, LA Convention Center
    Saturday, April 2, 2016 4:30pm to 5:45pm​


    Haverford College

    Haverford, PA
    Magill Library Philips Wing, Haverford College

    Thursday, February 25, 2016, 7pm


    Institute of American Indian Arts 2016 Spring Writer's Festival

    Santa Fe, NM
    with Lidia Yuknavitch and Jon Davis​

    Tuesday, January 5 6pm​


    in 2015

    International Writing Program American Writers on Tour

    Kiev, Kharkiv & Poltava, Ukraine

    December 2015

    with Christopher Merrill, Jennifer Croft, Elliot Ackerman, Jeffrey Brown


    Arctic Circle Assembly
    HARPA, Austurbakki 2, 101

    Reykjavík, Iceland

    October 15-18


    Read Local: A Celebration

    APU/UAA Consortium Library

    Anchorage, Alaska

    Saturday October 10, 7-930pm


    Best American Poetry Launch Reading

    Hugo House

    Seattle, Washington

    Friday October 9, 2015 7pm


    Alaska Pacific University

    Kellogg Campus (Spring Creek Farm)

    Palmer, Alaska

    Tuesday, October 6, 2015



    Woodland Pattern Bookstore
    720 E. Locust St.
    Milwaukee, WI 53212

    September 26, 7 pm


    Best American Poetry Launch Reading 2015

    The New School Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
    66 West 12th Street New York, NY
    September 24, 7 pm


    Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop

    126A Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

    with Orlando White, Danielle Vogel, and Robin Beth Schaer

    September 23, 7-9pm


    Institute of American Indian Arts 2015 Summer Writing Festival

    Santa Fe, NM

    July 28, 6pm

    with Elissa Washuta, Derek Palacio, Ken White



    Shishmaref, Alaska

    June 10-12, 2015

    with Marek Ranis


    International Writing Program American Writers on Tour

    Bogota, Medellin & Cartagena, Colombia

    May 18-26, 2015

    with Christopher Merrill, Stephanie Greist, Jose Skinner, Luis Urrea


    Yellow Medicine Review Spring 2015

    Launch and discussion

    April 19, 2015

    Anchorage, AK


    Association of Writers and Writing Programs

    Annual Conference

    April 8-11, 2015

    Minneapolis, Minnesota

    reading: 4/9/15 @ 130-245pm with Eric Gansworth, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Joan Kane, Tim Tingle, Debby Dahl Edwardson), Room M100 A, Mezzanine Level

    University of Pittsburgh Press signing: booth #1502 & #1504, 4/9 @ noon-1230


    Thursday, April 9

    Hick Poetics Reading & Release

    7:30pm at Patrick's Cabaret

    3010 Minnehaha Avenue

    Minneapolis, MN 55406

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  • About


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    Joan Naviyuk Kane is Inupiaq with family from Ugiuvak (King Island) and Qawiaraq (Mary's Igloo), Alaska. Dark Traffic (2021) follows The Cormorant Hunter’s Wife (2009), Hyperboreal (2013), The Straits (2015), Milk Black Carbon (2017), Sublingual (2018), A Few Lines in the Manifest (2018) and Another Bright Departure (2019). Kane has been the recipient of the Whiting Writer’s Award, the Donald Hall Prize in Poetry, the National Artist Fellowship from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, the American Book Award, the Alaska Literary Award, the United States Artists Foundation Creative Vision Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry, the Mellon Practitioner Fellowship in Race and Ethnicity at the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University, multiple Individual Artist awards & Artist Fellowships from the Rasmuson Foundation, and residencies with the School for Advanced Research, the Hermitage Artist Retreat, Millay Arts and Harvard's Radcliffe Institute. She raises her sons in Cambridge, and teaches creative nonfiction in the department of English at Harvard University, poetry in the department of English at Tufts University, and creative nonfiction and poetry in the graduate creative writing program at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is a lecturer in the Department of Studies in Race, Colonialism and Diaspora at Tufts University, where she teaches courses in Native American and Indigenous Studies. At Scripps College, she is the 2021 Mary Routt Endowed Chair of Creative Writing and Journalism.

    Her essays, poems, and short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Best American Poetry, The Long Devotion: Poets Writing Motherhood, Before the Usual Time, Hick Poetics, Yale Review, Salamander, FLAG + VOID, Thalia, All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis, More Truly and More Strange: 100 Contemporary American Self-Portrait Poems, 21|19: Contemporary Poets in the Nineteenth Century Archive, Exquisite Vessel: Shapes of Native Nonfiction, The Poem’s Country: Place & Poetic Practice, Syncretism and Survival: A Forum on Poetics, HERE: Poems for the Planet, The Guardian, Orion, Boston Review, Colorado Review, Poetry International, POETRY, Nat. Brut, West Branch, Territory, Drunken Boat, absent, and elsewhere.


  • B o o k s

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    Another Bright Departure

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    A Few Lines in the Manifest

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    Milk Black Carbon

    University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017

    The Straits

    The Straits

    Voices from the American Land, 2015



    University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013

    The Cormorant Hunter's Wife

    The Cormorant Hunter's Wife

    NorthShore Press Alaska, 2009 (out of print)

    The Cormorant Hunter's Wife

    The Cormorant Hunter's Wife

    University of Alaska Press, 2012

  • W r i t i n g

    in print & online

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    Exhibits from the Dark Museum

    "Exhibits from the Dark Museum" in Best American Poetry 2015

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    Up the Mountain | Bone Mineral | Salvage Phase | Peripheral Vision

    "Up the Mountain," "Bone Mineral,"  "Salvage Phase," and "Peripheral Vision" in Ghost Town Issue 7

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    Headline News | Ugiuvak

    "Headline News" and "Ugiuvak" in Nat. Brut Issue 5

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    To Live Beyond | Polynya | self-interview

    "To Live Beyond," "Polynya," & self-interview published in Kin Poetry Journal


    Mammaraq | The Doll

    "Mammaraq" bside via Broadsided Press featuring art by Lisa Sette

    October 2014

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    "Gesture" in Smartish Pace Issue 21

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    Eighteen new poems

    “A Wall Collapsed,” “Little Air,” “Stemmata,” “The Straits,” “Creve Coeur,” “Enclitic,”“Earnings Statement,” “Grisaille,” “Unmercenaries,” “Morganatic,” “Exhibits from the Dark Museum,” “Starvation Episode,” “Metabole,” “Another Pastoral,” “From the Notebook,” “Point Transience,” “Nine Lines Against Dreamless Sleep,” and “Another Inlet,” poems in Alaska Quarterly Review, Spring/Summer 2014, Volume 31 Nos. 1 & 2.

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    Human Heart Toponymic | Near-surface Fault | Asinga/Replica |

    Another Inlet

    "Human Heart Toponymic," "Near-surface Fault," "Asinga/Replica," and "Another Inlet" in Taos Journal of International Poetry & Art

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    Infinitive | Asymmetry | Things that Have Nothing to Do with Adoration



    "Infinitive," "Asymmetry," "Things that Have Nothing to Do with Adoration" in Waxwing Literary Journal Issue I


  • Things She Is Working On

    projects & works in progress

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    Ugiuvaŋmiuguruŋa | I am from King Island

    Updates coming soon. Iliġanamiik and quyaanna for your support and interest in our amazing journey to Ugiuvak.

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    Polar Lab

    I seek through Polar Lab work personal context for the present and future state of the North and the Inupiaq diaspora. 

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  • N e w s

    reviews, interviews & media

    35th Annual American Book Awards Announced

    The Before Columbus Foundation announces Joan Naviyuk Kane's Hyperboreal as one of the Winners of the Thirty-Fifth Annual American Book Awards.

    Hyperboreal a finalist for PEN Center USA Literary Award

    Joan Naviyuk Kane's Hyperboreal is a finalist for the 2014 PEN Center USA Literary Award for Poetry.

    Joan Kane receives Alaska Literary Award

    The Alaska Arts and Cultures Foundation launches inaugural year of the Alaska Literary Awards.

    Broadsided Press features poets Joan Kane and Fady Joudah in Translation Special

    Kane poem vectorized via third annual translation feature of Broadsided Pres.

    Boston Review on Hyperboreal

    Suzanne Smith writes: "What is at stake in 'Hyperboreal' is not only the threat of 'cultural and biological extinction' faced by the Inupiaq people of Alaska, but also the contested place of the human in that landscape and more particularly, the lyric subject. Kane questions its customary property (which is loss) and its dream of deliverance from extinction through craft. . . In this book, we are never far from the prospective end of a line of human beings, if not the extinction of the landscape."

    Hyperboreal reviewed at ZYZZYVA

    Maggie Millner at ZYZZYVA notes: "Kane’s periodic refusal to translate testifies to the irreducibility of these messages, and to the impossibility of paraphrase from a language suffused with the knowledge of its own endangerment. As Spivak would have it, one cannot make widely legible an experience whose illegibility to dominant culture is among its fundamental experiential features."

    Hyperboreal reviewed by Los Angeles Review of Books

    "Quiet but never silent, Hyperboreal embodies the landscape it seeks to represent. Through observation and lived experience, these poems are indicative of an ever-watched and yet not always understood world. Here there is existence where humans are only a fragment." More from Alyse Bensel at Los Angeles Review of Books.

    Kane profiled in The New York Times

    "The poems of Joan Naviyuk Kane are lyrical blasts from a far northern landscape of history and myth. From the first lines of her second book, “Hyperboreal,” just published by the University of Pittsburgh Press, Ms. Kane transports us." More with Joan Kane and Dana Jennings.

    American Microreviews on Hyperboreal

    "Hyperboreal accomplishes a great deal: it paints pastorals and impressions of uncapturable experiences with striking concision; it serves as a wire, a satellite transporting the life and culture of the Inupiaq people to the rest of the world (and transplants the rest of the world, for the duration of the book and in readers’ memories of the book, to the world of the Inupiaq people); it offers a confident and impressionistically lasting poetic voice.... More  from Wesley Rothman at American Microreviews

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