Tina Cane was born in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC. She attended the University of Vermont, the Sorbonne and completed her master’s degree in French Literature at the University of Paris IX-Nanterre. She is the founder and director of Writers-in-the-Schools, RI. Over the past twenty years, Cane has taught French, English, and creative writing in public and private schools throughout New York City and Rhode Island. Cane’s poems and translations have appeared in numerous journals including Spinning Jenny, Tupelo Quarterly, Cargo, Two Serious Ladies, The Birmingham Review and The Good Men Project. She is the author of The Fifth Thought (Other Painters Press, 2008). Cane was the 2016 recipient for the Fellowship Merit Award in Poetry from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.
Tina Cane's website: tinacane.ink
“To look; to see; to listen as a mind both oscillates and 'readies its key,' using the poem as both portal and tool; to balance a spacious consciousness with the thrum and verve of urban landscape: these are the gifts of Tina Cane's poems. Simultaneously patient in their thinking and dynamically inclusive, these poems of place—the Lower East Side, Hell's Kitchen—with grit and grace navigate through and beyond neighborhood and family, eager for both presence and evolution. Her work, 'every bit of it something/wanting to happen,' both smokes and breathes, 'wanting to do both all the same'—it brings vice, complaint, celebration, and elegy to bear in poems where minor keys blossom into major vision. This is a worthy and moving debut.”
—Michael Morse, author of Void and Compensation