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Jane Elsdon started writing for publication at mid-life. She has been published in numerous literary journals, anthologies, and magazines. Her short story, "Blue Feather's Quest" was awarded first place in Crosscurrents' First Annual Short Story competition in 1981 and was nominated for Pushcart Prize. Two poetry chapbooks received Honorable Mentions from Pudding House Publications. SHADOW WORK was published by them. Elsdon has published a children's novel, a full-length book of poetry, OUTDISTANCING DARKNESS, two limited edition ekphrastic books of visual art and poetry which she did with the late Beverly Young: SINGING DREAMS INTO FORM and THE LIVING DREAM, and two additional chapbooks, MORNING AND OTHER GLORIES and IN THE RAIN SHADOW. Her poems appear in POEMS FOR ENDANGERED PLACES, along with six other poets known as the Plein Air Poets of San Luis Obispo County. She was poet laureate of San Luis Obispo County in 2005. She writes a monthly column, "One Poet's Perspective," in online journal, SLO Coast Journal.com. She and her husband live in Atascadero, California. She has two daughters, six grandchildren, and one great grandson.