Books: Inupiaq poet wins prestigious national writing award (“The Cormorant Hunter’s Wife,” by Joan Kane)

Anchorage Daily News – An Inupiaq mom from Anchorage has picked up one of America’s most prestigious literary awards. Poet Joan Kane, 32, was among 10 writers to receive a $50,000 Whiting Writers’ Award at a ceremony in New York City on Wednesday night …

Kane’s poetry is inspired, in part, by what she calls her “ancestral landscapes” on the Seward Peninsula and King Island.

She has previously received an Individual Artist Award from the Rasmuson Foundation, the Alaska State Council on the Arts’ Connie Boochever Fellowship and been a winner in the Anchorage Daily News Creative Writing Contest. Her play, “The Golden Tusk,” was presented at the Anchorage Museum this summer. She is co-curator of the “Virtual Subsistence” art and literature exhibit now on display at the MTS Gallery in Mountain View.

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