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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 in to 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 Norman's 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 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



Poetry Books



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]


  1. ^ Lorrie Goldensohn (Winter 1997-98). "About Jane Shore: A Profile" (). Ploughshares.  
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  4. ^ "Press Release". 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. Retrieved 2009-01-23.  
  6. ^ "Jane Shore". Poetry Quarterly ( 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". Retrieved 2009-01-23.  
  9. ^ "Senseless tragedy strikes the American poetry scene". 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. Retrieved 2009-01-23.  
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  14. ^ Robert Boyers (2002). A book of common praise. Ausable Press. p. 96. ISBN 9781931337038.,M1.  

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