tina cane

Rhode Island, United States

Member Since: 02/23/2013




Tina Cane was born in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC in 1969 and grew up in the city’s East and West Village. She attended the University of Vermont, the Sorbonne and completed her master’s degree in French Literature at the Université de Paris X-Nanterre. She is the founder and director of Writers-in-the-Schools, RI—an educational program in which she teaches as a visiting poet. She also works with the writing community, Frequency Providence. Over the past twenty years, she has taught French, English and Creative Writing in public and private schools throughout New York City and Rhode Island. Tina’s poems and translations have appeared in numerous journals including Hanging Loose, Spinning Jenny, The Literary Review, Barrow Street, Tupelo Quarterly, Cargo and Two Serious Ladies. Her work, The Fifth Thought, was published by Other Painters Press in 2008. Dear Elena: Letters for Elena Ferrante (with art by Esther Solondz) was published by Skillman Avenue Press in 2016. Her collection Once More With Feeling (Veliz Books) will be released in early 2017. Tina was recently the recipient of the 2016 Poetry Fellowship Merit Award from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. She currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Rhode Island where she lives with her husband and their three children.



Website: tinacane.ink


  • Poet Laureate of Rhode Island (November 2017 - )


  • Bachelor of Arts in French/ English from University of Vermont (1991)
  • Certificate in French Literature from University of Paris IV--La Sorbonne (1990)
  • Master of Arts in French Literature from University of arms X--Nanterre/Middlebury (1992)

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