“Saġuiŋaruq: It Is Sinuous”: A Poetry Reading with Joan Naviyuk Kane
September 17 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Join Artspace New Haven and artistic duo Aeron Bergman & Alejandra Salinas for a poetry reading, “Saġuiŋaruq: It Is Sinuous,” with Jane Naviyuk Kane, to open the exhibition Against the General Good/ Contra el Bien General, on view September 17–December 3, 2022. This reading will draw together new and selected poems from Joan Naviyuk Kane’s collected works, situating the poetic line as a voice connecting audiences to the topographies of the arctic and subarctic in the context of Indigenous diasporas entangled with political and ecological migration.
“Saġuiŋaruq: It Is Sinuous” with Joan Naviyuk Kane is an in-person program in the free public series “The Commons: Towards Reclaiming Collective Power,” conceptualized by Bergman & Salinas as attendant works within their exhibition Against the General Good/ Contra el Bien General, on view September 17–December 3, 2022. For in-person programs, Artspace encourages mask-wearing and social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within our community.
Joan Naviyuk Kane is Inupiaq with family from Ugiuvak and Qawiaraq. The author of eight collections of poetry and prose, including 2021’s Dark Traffic, she has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writer’s Award, an American Book Award, the United States Artists Creative Vision Award, the Donald Hall Prize, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation National Artist Fellowship, and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute, the Rasmuson Foundation, the School for Advanced Research, and Brown’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race in America. She served as a lecturer in the department of studies in Race, Colonialism and Diaspora at Tufts, and recently taught creative writing at Harvard, Tufts, and the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is a visiting assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and raises her children in Cambridge, Massachusetts.