Just out from LSU Press (Spring 2020):


 "What a labor of love this book is: love for place and roots, for family and ancestors, for poetry and its traditions, for healing and survival. Mysteries of time and lineage, family tales and traumas, ancient ballads and Kane's signature villanelles interweave their patterns throughout like Celtic knots in an heirloom piece of jewelry. But, above all, 'Mothers of Ireland' gleams out with the bracing, attentive, disarming certainty of the need for truth."

—Annie Finch

"This latest book by the former poet laureate of Louisiana explores the intersection of personal and historical memory with an unflinching eye, the utmost formal urgency, and an obsessive desire to plumb the starkest emotional truths-a work of revelations and raw elegance."

—Daniel Tobin, Editor of The Book of Irish American Poetry: Eighteenth Century to the Present


Available from LSU Press and online booksellers.



  • Feb. 9, 1:30-3, Garden District Book Shop, New Orleans: Book Launch reading & signing

  • Feb. 16, 3-4:30, Louisiana School for Math, Science & The Arts: Reading w Darrell Bourque

  • Mar. 5, 11a-12p, AWP/San Antonio: Bookfair Signing, LSU Press Tables 1136 & 1137

  • Mar. 5, 1:45-3p, AWP/San Antonio:"The Serious Business of Funny Women Poets" with Julie Kane, Melissa Balmain, Juliana Gray, & Allison Joseph

  • Mar. 5, 8:30-10:30p, Boozy's, 711 S Saint Mary's, San Antonio: Light Verse & Heavy Drinking

  • Apr 7, 12:30p, Tarrant County College SE, Arlington, Texas [CANCELED]

  • Apr 18, LITCON, Northwestern State U, Featured Reading [CANCELED]

  • Apr 22, Octavia Books, New Orleans: Reading with Gina Ferraro, Ralph Adamo, Geoff Munsterman [POSTPONED]

  • May 20-22, New Books Reading, Poetry by the Sea Conference, Madison, CT [CANCELED]

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