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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. in writing from Columbia University. A former Harvard National Scholar and recipient of a Columbia University Writing Fellowship, Kane received the John Haines Award from Ice Floe Press in 2004. She was selected by the Academy of American Poets as a semi-finalist for the Walt Whitman Award in 2006. With the assistance of a 2007 Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Award, Kane has completed her first book of poetry, The Cormorant Hunter’s Wife, scheduled for publication by NorthShore Press in autumn 2009. Her first play, "The Gilded," won the Anchorage Museum script contest and will be in production this summer. Along with her husband and sons, she lives in Anchorage, Alaska.