She graduated from Goddard College, and moved from Vermont to the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She graduated from Radcliffe College in 1972, where she was a student of Elizabeth Bishop.
Shore met Howard Norman in 1981, and they married in 1984 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 in the summertime. Their friend, the author David Mamet and Shore's Goddard College classmate, lives nearby.
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.
She has edited Ploughshares, 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.
She is currently a professor at George Washington University.
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.