Millicent Travis Lane has lived in Fredericton since 1960, but was raised and educated in the United States. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1956 and then went on to gain a Master of Arts and a PhD from Cornell University. Lane began teaching in the English Department at the University of New Brunswick in 1967, where her husband Lauriat Lane Jr. also worked, and has been an Honorary Research Associate there ever since. She also regularly contributes criticism and analytical pieces to UNB’s Fiddlehead publication. Lane, her husband, and their two children Hannah and Lauriat III all received Canadian citizenship in 1973. Her first published poetry collection was An Inch or So of Garden, released in 1969, and she has since published over a dozen collections, many of which have earned her a variety of prizes. For instance, Lane was awarded the Pat Lowther Award for her collection Divinations and Shorter Poems in 1980. After having helped found the Writer’s Federation of New Brunswick in 1985, Lane received its Poetry Prize in 1994. In 2002, her Keeping Afloat won the Atlantic Poetry Prize. Her most recent achievement was her selection for the Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for High Achievement in English Literary Arts in 2016. She is a lifetime member of the League of Canadian poets, and a member of both the Raging Grannies and Voice of Women for Peace groups. She continues to live in Fredericton.
For More Information:
Atlantic Canadian Poetry Archive: http://www.stu-acpa.com/m-travis-lane.html
New Brunswick Literary Encyclopedia:
An Inch or so of Garden. Limited edition. Fredericton: University of New Brunswick, 1969.
Poems 1968-1972. Fredericton: Fiddlehead Poetry Books, 1973.
Homecomings: Narrative Poems. Fredericton: Goose Lane, 1977.
Divinations and Shorter Poems. Fredericton: Fiddlehead Poetry Books, 1980.
Reckonings: Poems 1979-85. Fredericton: Goose Lane, 1988.
Solid Things: Poems New and Selected. Toronto: Cormorant, 1989.
Temporary Shelter: Poems 1986-1990. Fredericton: Goose Lane, 1993.
Night Physics. Kingston: Brick, 1994.
Keeping Afloat. Toronto: Guernica, 2001.
Touch Earth. Toronto: Guernica, 2006.
The Book of Widows. Victoria: Frog Hollow, 2010.
Ash Steps. Toronto: Cormorant Books, 2012.
Crossover. Toronto: Cormorant Books, 2015.
The Witch of the Inner Wood: Collected Long Poems. Ed. Shane Neilson. Fredericton: Icehouse Poetry, 2016.
Photo courtesy of Cormorant Books, used with Dr. Lane's permission.