Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) MFA Faculty Joan Naviyuk Kane Named First Native Judge for the Griffin Poetry Prize

Joan Naviyuk Kane

Joan Naviyuk Kane

Published August 28, 2016

SANTA FE – The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is pleased to announce that MFA Faculty member Joan Naviyuk Kane (Iñupiaq) has been named by the trustees of The Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry as a judge for the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize.  The other two judges include Sue Goyette andGeorge Szirtes.

Kane is the author of “The Cormorant Hunter’s Wife, Hyperboreal, The Straits,” and “Milk Black Carbon,” which is forthcoming in the Pitt Poetry Series. Her awards include the Whiting Award, the Donald Hall Prize in Poetry, the American Book Award, the Alaska Literary Award, and fellowships from theRasmuson Foundation, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, and theSchool for Advanced Research. 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, raises her sons in Anchorage, Alaska, and is MFA faculty at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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