Just out from LSU Press (Spring 2020):


Celebrated poet Julie Kane returns to her Boston Irish Catholic roots in this collection about mothers and daughters shaped by the forces of Irish history and Irish-­American culture.

 "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.



  • Mar. 5, 11-11:30a, 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, Grace Bauer, Denise Duhamel, & Julie Marie Wade

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

  • Apr 17 or 18, LITCON, Northwestern State U, Featured Reading.

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

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