Jane Shore (Professor of English at George Washington University) grew up in the apartment over Corduroy Village, her parents' dress store. She has written seven books of poetry, two of which comprise coming-of-age autobiographical novellas in verse form about 1950s and 60s urban Jewish New Jersey and the world of fashion that she was exposed to. From what it was like for a young girl to sleep over rows of dresses floating in limbo, to her life as a mother taking her daughter to shop at Urban Outfitters, clothing has always been at the metaphorical center of her life.
“Happy Family” (poem) will be published a textbook tentatively titled Advanced Language and Literature For Honors and Pre-AP English Courses 1e, by John Golden, Renee H. Shea, and Lance Balla, to be published in hardcover by Bedford/St. Martin’s/Macmillan Higher Education, January 2016.
As always, my poetry writing and revising is ongoing. I will be assembling a new book of poems this summer which Jill Bialosky, the senior poetry and trade editor at Norton, has expressed an interest in seeing. I still technically have a working relationship with editors at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, who published my last two books, one of which was a Selected Poems.