Rosa Lane is author of Tiller North, winner of the Sixteen Rivers Press 2014 Submissions Competition in Poetry and released in April 2016. Lane is also author of Roots and Reckonings, published in 1980 by Granite Press, East with a partial grant from the Maine Commission on the Arts and Humanities through MWPA and first in a chapbook series. She is a native of coastal Maine (Pemaquid) steeped in familial and ancestral roots of lobster fishing. As a daughter of a lobsterman, Lane breaks a code of silence in her new book Tiller North. With her insider’s voice, Lane reveals secrets embedded within class, sexual identity, familial relationships, death and rebirth. John Skoyles, Poetry Editor of Ploughshares, says, “In Tiller North, Rosa Lane gives us a world—she presents a family and a landscape with precision and compassion.” Reviews of Tiller North have appeared in Poetry Now by Heather Judy and in Foreword Reviews by Matt Sutherland.
Lane's poetry has won national recognition including her poem "Father,” which won first place for The 38th New Millennium Awards for Poetry; her poem, "Apogee," first place winner of The Briar Cliff Review 2014 18th Annual Poetry Contest; and her poem, "Deer and Women" that won second place for the New South 2014 Writing Contest and which was also selected by Cornelius Eady as National Runner-Up for the 2013 Cape Cod Cultural Center's Poetry Competition. Her work won Honorable Mention for The 2014 Patricia Dobler Poetry Award, was a finalist for AROHO's 2013 Orlando Poetry Prize, and nominated for Pushcart Prizes. Lane's poems have appeared in the New Millennium Writings 2015 Anthology, The Briar Cliff Review, The California Quarterly, Crab Orchard Review, Milvia Street Journal, New South, Ploughshares, Poetry Now, Verse Daily Anthology, and elsewhere.
She received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College in 1982 and her Masters in Architecture (1988) and her PhD in Architecture and Sustainability (2006) from UC Berkeley. She has taught creative writing at Ashland University's MFA Creative Writing Program in Ohio and at Berkeley City College in California. As poet and architect, Lane splits her time between her home in South Portland, Maine, and the San Francisco Bay Area.