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Geneseo Literary Forum 2016-2017

Joan Naviyuk Kane (Fri. Nov. 11th, 2016)

Joan Naviyuk Kane is the author of two collections of poetry, The Cormorant Hunter’s Wife (2009; 2012) and Hyperboreal (2013) as well as the chapbook The Straits (2015). She has received a Whiting Writer’s Award, the Donald Hall Prize in Poetry, the USA Projects Creative Vision Award, an American Book Award, the Alaska Literary Award, and fellowships from the Rasmuson Foundation, Alaska State Council on the Arts, Alaska Arts and Cultures Foundation, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation and the School for Advanced Research. Kane graduated from Harvard College, where she was a Harvard National Scholar, and Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Inupiaq with family from King Island and Mary’s Igloo, she raises her children in Anchorage, Alaska, and is a faculty mentor with the low-residency MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

For more information, visit Joan Naviyuk Kane's personal website.

Joan Naviyuk


Kate Daloz (Fri. Feb. 10th, 2017)

Kate Daloz grew up in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, in the geodesic dome her parents built. She received her MFA from Columbia University and has served as a research assistant for Pulitzer Prize-winning biographers Ron Chernow and Stacy Schiff. She was previously the Assistant Director of the Writing Center at Columbia and taught in the Undergraduate Writing Program there as well as being a founding member of Neuwrite: Columbia Scientists and Writers. Her work has appeared in the American Scholar and Rolling Stone among other publications. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and children. We Are As Gods: Back to the Land in the 1970s on the Quest for a New America was published in April 2016 by Public Affairs. In a starred review, Booklist described it as “A fascinating account of a utopian movement made even more relevant by the author’s personal perspective.”

For more information, visit Kate Daloz's personal website.

Kate Daloz


Idra Novey (Mon. Feb 27th, 2017)

Idra Novey is the author of the debut novel Ways to Disappear (Little, Brown, & Co., 2015) a New York Times Editors’ Choice, and the poetry collections Exit, Civilian, selected by Patricia Smith for the 2011 National Poetry Series; The Next Country, a finalist for the 2008 Foreword Book of the Year Award, and Clarice: The Visitor, a collaboration with the artist Erica Baum. She has translated the work of several prominent Brazilian writers, most recently Clarice Lispector’s novel The Passion According to G.H. Novey has taught at Princeton, Columbia, NYU, Fordham, the Catholic University of Chile, and in the Bard Prison Initiative; this Fall she will be the Visiting Distinguished Writer in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at LIU Brooklyn. Her own fiction and poetry have been translated into eight languages and she has written for The New York Times, NPR, Slate, and The Paris Review. She is the recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Poets & Writers Magazine, the PEN Translation Fund, the Poetry Foundation, and the Poetry Society of America. 

For more information, visit Idra Novey's personal website.

Idra Novey