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Joan Kane

Author's Bio

Joan 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. She is on the faculty for the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Along with her husband and sons, she lives in Anchorage, Alaska.

Publications and Prizes

Hyperboreal (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013), The Cormorant Hunter's Wife (University of Alaska Press, 2012)
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 from AWP 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.

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
The Gangster We Are All Looking For by Thi Diem Thuy Le, The Accordionist's Son by Bernard Atxaga
Favorite Books:
The Door in the Mountain by Jean Valentine, She Had Some Horses by Joy Harjo, Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace, The People of Kauwerak by William Oquillik, Give or Take a Century by Joseph Senungetuk

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