Marie Kane’s poetry has been nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in the Bellevue Literary Review, U. S. 1 Worksheets, Wordgathering, The Schuylkill Valley Journal, The Delaware Valley Poets Anthology, The Poet’s Touchstone, The Meadowland Review, the Boston Literary Magazine, Adanna Journal, and many others. Her work has been anthologized, most notably in Poems for the Writing: Prompts for Poets, (Texture Press, 2013, 2019) edited by Valerie Fox and Lynn Levin, in The Liberal Media Made Me Do It, poetic responses to NPR and PBS stories, edited by Robbie Nester, and in Touching MS: Poetic Expressions: an anthology edited by Jennifer M. Evans.
Marie Kane was named Bucks County Poet Laureate in 2006; her work was judged by renown poets George Drew and Meg Kearney. Her poetry has won prizes in other competitions, including. the Poetry Society of New Hampshire, Inglis House, and the Robert Frasier contest. She has read her work at various locations, including Musehouse, the Manayunk Arts Center, and the International House, all in Philadelphia, the Princeton NJ Library, Bucks County Community College, the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, PA, and at numerous bookstores and libraries. In 2020, she was selected as the Featured Poet for the summer edition of the Schuylkill Valley Journal.
Diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis in 1991, she is now living with secondary progressive MS. She has published three poetry collections: a chapbook, Survivors in the Garden (Big Table Publishing, 2012), which largely concerns living with multiple sclerosis, a full-length collection, Beauty, You Drive a Hard Bargain (Kelsay Books, 2017), and another chapbook, Persephone’s Truth (2018), which includes art by her husband, Stephen Millner.
Kane retired from Central Bucks School District (PA) after twenty-years of teaching. She received a recognition award from the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, and a Gold Award for her teaching of young writers from The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. She continues to be involved in scholastic poetry. She is on the board and a judge for the Bucks County (PA) Main Street Voices Poetry Contest, grades K-12, and adult, and since 2009, has been the final judge for the national Sarah Mook Poetry Contest, grades K-12.
She lives in Yardley, Pa with her husband and their two rescue cats, Casey Jones and Emma Peel.