Lorraine Gane was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, and grew up in Toronto. She began writing poetry in her mid-teens, and after high school attended Carleton University’s journalism program in Ottawa for four years. She worked as a full-time writer and editor for major Canadian newspapers and magazines, including The Windsor Star and Toronto Life before becoming a freelancer in the late `80s. In the early `90s, she began teaching at universities and colleges such as Ryerson, McMaster, and Georgian College as well as conducting her own private workshops.
Nearing completion of her first collection of poems, she moved to Salt Spring Island, B.C. Selections from Even the Slightest Touch Thunders on My Skin (Black Moss Press, 2002), about the illness and death of her fiancé from cancer, were short listed for the CBC literary awards and The League of Canadian poets chapbook contest. Earth Light and The Phantom Orchid, two chapbooks about her experiences on the West Coast, followed. A third chapbook, Beyond Beauty: Songs of Small Mercies was published by Leaf Press in 2012. In addition to teaching writing courses for The University of Victoria, Vancouver Island University, and her own private workshops, Lorraine began mentoring writers around the world through online courses and one-on-one consultations. She also edits book manuscripts for publishers and individual writers.