Tina Cane was born in New York City. She received a BA from the University of Vermont and an MA in French literature from Middlebury College. She is the author of Year of the Murder Hornet (Veliz Books, 2022); Once More with Feeling (Veliz Books, 2017); the chapbooks Dear Elena: Letters for Elena Ferrante (Skillman Avenue Press, 2016); and The Fifth Thought (Other Painters Press, 2008), a book-length poem.
The recipient of a Fellowship Merit Award from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Cane is the founder and director of Writers-in-the-Schools, Rhode Island, for which she works as a visiting poet. She has taught French, English, and creative writing in public and private schools throughout New York City and Rhode Island. In 2016, she was selected to be the sixth poet laureate of Rhode Island. She is also the creator and curator of the distance reading series, Poetry is Bread. She lives in Providence.