Jane Shore (poet)

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Jane Shore is an American poet.


She graduated from Goddard College, and moved from Vermont to the Iowa Writers' Workshop.[1] She graduated from Radcliffe College in 1972,[2] where she was a student of Elizabeth Bishop.[3]

Shore met Howard Norman in 1981, and they married in 1984[4] They have a daughter, Emma (born 1988).

Norman and Shore lived in Cambridge, New Jersey, Oahu, and Vermont, before settling into homes in Chevy Chase, Maryland near Washington, D.C. during the school year, and East Calais, Vermont[5] in the summertime.[6][7] Their friend, the author David Mamet and Shore's Goddard College classmate, lives nearby.[8]

During the summer of 2003, poet Reetika Vazirani was housesitting the Normans' Chevy Chase home. There, on July 16, she killed her young son before committing suicide.[9][10][11]


She has edited Ploughshares,[12] and her poems have been published in numerous magazines, including Poetry, The New Republic, and The Yale Review

She was Radcliffe Institute, fellow in poetry, 1971–73, and Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in English at Harvard University, 1973—, and Jenny McKean Moore Writer at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She was visiting distinguished poet at the University of Hawaii.[12]

She is currently a professor at The George Washington University.[13]


  • Eye Level, winner of the 1977 Juniper Prize
  • The Minute Hand, awarded the 1986 Lamont Poetry Prize
  • Music Minus One, a finalist for the 1996 National Book Critic Circle Award
  • 1991 Guggenheim Fellowship
  • two grants from the N.E.A.
  • fellow in poetry at the Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute
  • Alfred Hodder Fellow at Princeton University
  • Goodyear Fellow at the Foxcroft School in Virginia

Critical reception[edit]

Robert Boyers said of Shore:

Put another way, there is in the poetry of Jane Shore, a freshness of outlook, even when the dominant instinct is retrospective. The poems seem a vivid refusal of desolation, though there is no reluctance in them, to confront the usual varieties of estrangement and suffering....This is a poet who gives to directness, honesty of emotion and fundamental sanity the good name they deserve.[14]


Poetry collections[edit]

  • Shore, Jane (1969). Lying Down in the Olive Press. Goddard Journal Press.
  • — (1977). Eye Level. University of Massachusetts Press (Amherst). ISBN 978-0-87023-246-6.
  • — (1987). The Minute Hand. University of Massachusetts Press. ISBN 978-0-87023-570-2.
  • — (1996). Music Minus One. New York City: Picador USA. ISBN 978-0-312-16944-2.
  • — (1999). Happy Family: Poems. Picador USA. ISBN 978-0-312-20310-8.
  • — (2008). A yes-or-no answer : poems. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. ISBN 978-0-547-00603-1.
  • — (2012). That said : new and selected poems.



Title Year First published Reprinted/collected in
This one 2013 Shore, Jane (September 30, 2013). "This one". The New Yorker. 89 (30): 31.
My mother's foot 2005 "My mother's foot". Ploughshares. 98. Winter 2005–2006.
Candles 2005 "Candles". Ploughshares. 98. Winter 2005–2006.
Monday 1988 "Monday". Ploughshares. 47. Winter 1988.
A yes-or-no answer 2008 Shore, Jane (2008). A yes-or-no answer : poems. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. ISBN 978-0-547-00603-1. ??? "Jane Shore's Poem 'A Yes-or-No Answer'". GW English News. George Washington University. Department of English. April 30, 2008. Retrieved 2015-02-09.
Buying a star 2001 "[Poems by Jane Shore]". Beltway Poetry Quarterly. 2 (2). Spring 2001. Retrieved 2015-02-09.
Driving lesson 2001 "[Poems by Jane Shore]". Beltway Poetry Quarterly. 2 (2). Spring 2001. Retrieved 2015-02-09.
Missing 2001 "[Poems by Jane Shore]". Beltway Poetry Quarterly. 2 (2). Spring 2001. Retrieved 2015-02-09.
Evil eye 2001 "[Poems by Jane Shore]". Beltway Poetry Quarterly. 2 (2). Spring 2001. Retrieved 2015-02-09.
The slap 2001 "[Poems by Jane Shore]". Beltway Poetry Quarterly. 2 (2). Spring 2001. Retrieved 2015-02-09.
Who knows one 2018 Shore, Jane (April 2, 2018). "Who knows one". The New Yorker. 94 (7): 70–71.


  1. ^ Lorrie Goldensohn (Winter 1997–1998). "About Jane Shore: A Profile". Ploughshares. Archived from the original on October 12, 2007.
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  4. ^ "Press Release". houghtonmifflinbooks.com. Retrieved 2009-01-25.
  5. ^ Doten, Patti Doten (August 30, 1994). "The Bird man of east Calais, Vt. Novelist Howard Norman hatches ideas in his mountain home". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on October 23, 2012. Retrieved 2009-01-23.
  6. ^ "Jane Shore". Poetry Quarterly. washingtonart.com. 2 (2). Spring 2001.
  7. ^ Norman, Howard (Fall 2003). "Guest Editor's Note". Conjunctions. 41.
  8. ^ Goldstein, M.M. (October 1, 1998). "The Ups, Downs and Up Again of the Book Deal". newenglandfilm.com. Archived from the original on February 11, 2010. Retrieved 2009-01-23.
  9. ^ "Senseless tragedy strikes the American poetry scene". chicagopoetry.com. December 5, 2004. Retrieved 2009-01-23.
  10. ^ Fiore, Kristina (September 9, 2003). "A loss for words: Reetika Vazirani, poet and professor, commits suicide at 40". The Signal. Archived from the original on June 16, 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-23.
  11. ^ "'No Place Like Home': Reclaiming a 'Haunted' House". NPR.org. Retrieved 2018-03-13.
  12. ^ a b "Read By Author | Ploughshares". www.pshares.org. Retrieved 2018-03-13.
  13. ^ "English Department - The George Washington University | The George Washington University". www.gwu.edu. Retrieved 2018-03-13.
  14. ^ Robert Boyers (2002). A book of common praise. Ausable Press. p. 96. ISBN 978-1-931337-03-8.

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