Rosa Lane is author of Tiller North, winner of the 2017 National Indie Excellence Award for poetry as well as a 2017 Maine Literary Award for Short Works for an excerpt of poems from the work. Sixteen Rivers Press published Lane’s Tiller North (2016) as winner of its 2014 Submissions Competition. Lane is also author of Roots and Reckonings, published by Granite Press, East (1980) with a partial grant from the Maine Arts Commission 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 lobsterman’s daughter, Lane breaks a code of silence in 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.” Selected reviews of Tiller North include Today’s Book of Poetry by Michael Dennis, Poetry Now by Heather Judy, and Foreword Reviews by Matt Sutherland.
Lane's poems have also received 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 18th Annual Poetry Contest; and her poem, "Deer and Women," which 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 received 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 Briar Cliff Review, Crab Orchard Review, New Millennium Writings 2015 Anthology, New South, Ploughshares, Poetry Now, Verse Daily, and elsewhere.
Lane 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. As guest poet, she has taught creative writing at Lesley University, Ashland University, and 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.