Rosa Lane

Rosa Lane, PhD, MFA, AIA, is author of four poetry collections: Called Back selected by Tupelo Press from the 2022 Summer Open Reading Period, forthcoming September 2024; Chouteau's Chalk, winner of the 2017 Georgia Poetry Prize (University of Georgia Press, 2019); Tiller North (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2016), winner of a 2017 National Indie Excellence Award and 2017 Maine Literary Award for Short Works for a 5-poem excerpt; and a chapbook, Roots and Reckonings (Granite Press, East). Lane earned her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College where she studied with Jean Valentine, Jane Cooper, Grace Paley, and Tom Lux. She is a native of a fishing village in coastal Maine.

Lane's work won the 2023 Morton Marcus Memorial Poetry Prize and first place for the 2018 William Matthews Poetry Prize. Her recent work also was named runner-up for the 2023 River Heron Poetry Prize and finalist for the 2022 New Letters Patricia Cleary Miller Prize, 2022 Maine Literary Award, 2022 25th Annual Fischer Prize, and 2022 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize. Lane's poetry has also won 1st place for The 38th New Millennium Awards for Poetry and 1st place for The Briar Cliff Review 18th Annual Poetry Contest.

Her recent poems are forthcoming or have appeared in the Asheville Poetry Review, Chattahoochee ReviewCrab Orchard Review, Cutthroat, Massachusetts Review, Five Points, New South, Nimrod, Ploughshares, RHINO Poetry, River Heron Review, Salt Hill Journal, Southampton Review, Slippery Elm, Sugar House, Verse Daily, and elsewhere.

In addition to her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College (1982), Lane earned a 2nd Masters (1989) and a PhD (2006) in Architecture from UC Berkeley. She has participated as guest poet at Lesley University and Ashland University MFA Creative Writing Programs, and has taught at Berkeley City College, UC Berkeley, and Southeast University (Nanjing, China). As poet and architect, Lane divides her time between her native home in coastal Maine and the San Francisco Bay Area where she lives with her wife.