Joan Naviyuk Kane

Alaska, United States

Joan Naviyuk Kane is Inupiaq Eskimo with family from King Island and Mary's Igloo, Alaska. She earned her bachelor's degree from Harvard College and her M.F.A. from Columbia University. Kane's awards include a 2007 individual artist award from the Rasmuson Foundation, a 2009 Connie Boochever Fellowship from the Alaska State Council on the Arts, a National Native Creative Development Program grant, and a Whiting Writers' Award for her first book, The Cormorant Hunter's Wife. She received the 2012 Donald Hall Prize for her second book, Hyperboreal, which is forthcoming from the University of Pittsburgh Press. She is a recipient of the 2013 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Literature Fellowship, the 2013 Creative Vision Award from United States Artists, a 2013 Rasmuson Foundation Artist Fellowship and will be the 2014 Indigenous Writer in Residence at the School for Advanced Research and faculty for the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Along with her husband and sons, she lives in Anchorage, Alaska.



  • Hyperboreal , The University of Pittsburgh Press (October 21, 2013)
  • The Cormorant Hunter's Wife , University of Alaska Press (April 1, 2012)


  • Whiting Writers' Award(2009)
  • Native Arts and Cultures Fellowship(2012)
  • USA Creative Vision Award(2013)
  • SAR Indigenous Artist in Residence Fellow(2013)
  • John Haines Award(2006)
  • National Native Creative Development Grant(2009)
  • Connie Boochever Fellowship(2009)
  • Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Award(2007)


  • faculty at Institute of American Indian Arts


  • Bachelor of Arts in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard College (June 2000)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Columbia University School of the Arts (May 2006)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Playwriting, Poetry