Nebraska Authors

Jody Shields

Born Minot, ND (USA)

Shields, who trained as an artist, has been a senior copywriter for Seventeen Magazine, and a contributing editor at Vogue and HG (publisher of House and Garden). She is also a print maker with prints in major museums and collections and shows in the Ellen Sragow gallery in New York City. She has written books on fashion accessories and two major novels. Her first novel, The Fig Eater, was widely reviewed and a financial and literary success. The manuscript for The Fig Eater sold at publisher's auction to Little, Brown, and Co. for $400,000.

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE (Kindergarten through college at UNL)
Madison, WI
New York, NY

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Play/Screenplay
  • Journalism
  • Visual Work


Fashion; Fiction; Screenplays; Printmaker


High School Diploma, Lincoln East High School, Lincoln, NE
Undergraduate Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
Master of Arts Degree, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI


Magazine Editor
Design Editor of the New York Times Sunday Magazine

Places Worked

HG (formerly House and Garden)
New York Times Magazine


All That Glitters: The Glory of Costume Jewelry. 1988.
Hats: A Stylish History and Collector's Guide. 1991.
The Fig Eater. 2000.
The Crimson Portrait. 2006.
The Winter Station. 2018.

Has contributed to:
House & Garden
and the UTNE Reader.

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