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 University of Paris IX-Nanterre and Middlebury College.
She is the founder and director of Writers-in- the-Schools, RI, for which she works as a visiting poet, and is also
an instructor with the writing community, Frequency Providence. Over the past twenty years, Tina has taught French, English, and creative writ-ing in public and private schools throughout New York City and Rhode Island.
Her poems and translations have appeared in numerous publications, including Spinning Jenny, The Literary Review, Two Serious Ladies and Tupelo Quarterly. Her work,The Fifth Thought, was the 2008 Other Painters Press chapbook winner.
Her books include The Fifth Thought,Dear Elena:
Letters for Elena Ferrante, Once More With Feeling,
and Body of Work. Tina was the 2016 recipient for the Fellowship Merit Award in Poetry 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. In 2020, Cane was named
a poet laureate fellow with the Academy of American Poets.