Joan Naviyuk Kane

Alaska, United States

Member Since: 09/01/2011

Joan Naviyuk Kane is the author of The Cormorant Hunter’s WifeHyperboreal, The Straits and Milk Black Carbon. She has received a Whiting Writer’s Award, the Donald Hall Prize in Poetry, the USA Projects Creative Vision Award, an American Book Award, the Alaska Literary Award, and fellowships from the Rasmuson Foundation, Alaska State Council on the Arts, Alaska Arts and Cultures Foundation, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, the School for Advanced Research, and the Aninstantia Foundation.

Kane graduated from Harvard College, where she was a Harvard National Scholar, and Columbia University’s School of the Arts, where she was the recipient of a graduate Writing Fellowship. Inupiaq with family from King Island and Mary’s Igloo, she raises her children in Anchorage, Alaska, and is a faculty mentor with the low-residency MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.




Twitter Username: @eskimoment


  • The Cormorant Hunter's Wife , NorthShore Press Alaska (September 29, 2009)
  • The Straits , The Center for the Study of Place (October 2015)
  • Hyperboreal , The University of Pittsburgh Press (October 21, 2013)
  • Milk Black Carbon , The University of Pittsburgh Press (January 2017)


  • 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)
  • American Book Award(2014)


  • faculty at Institute of American Indian Arts (January 2014 - )


  • 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