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Kane, Poet, Returns to Nome

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Story by Matthew Smith

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Joan Kane is a poet who traces her family to King Island and Mary’s Igloo. Her path as a writer has taken her to an undergraduate degree at Harvard, a master of fine arts at Columbia, and a prestigious $50,000 Whiting Writers' Award in 2009 for her poetry, collected in a book titled “The Cormorant Hunter’s Wife.” And now her path is bringing her back to Nome for two events: a writing class at Nome’s Northwest Campus, and a public reading of her work at Old St. Joe’s this Saturday.

The class, called “Writing and the Cultural Self,” will run from Friday through Monday. Kane says no previous writing experience is necessary. Registration at Northwest Campus is now open; limited scholarships are available. The public reading will take place this Saturday, at 7pm at Old St. Joe’s. In addition to Kane’s reading, two other local writers will present their work, Carrie Cocerham and Eva Mendalook. The reading will also offer a performance by the King Island Drummers. Sponsored by the Nome Arts Council, admission to Saturday’s reading is free.

In this Profile, Kane talks about her poetry, her inspiration, the landscapes of western Alaska, and her attitudes toward writing.

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