About Me

In art and dream may you proceed with abandon. In life may you proceed with balance and stealth. -Patti Smith

My name is Jen Cooper. I’m a writer, editor, and video producer living in Baltimore, Maryland. You may know me from my other site, South of Brooklyn, where I share stories of makers and creatives in Baltimore, DC, Philadelphia and beyond. It’s a collaborative project between me and my husband, filmmaker and photographer, Dave Cooper. I’ve also been a columnist for PBS and written for both print and online magazines.

I’m drawn to rich, deep, and thoughtful tales and that’s what I hope to produce here. I believe that stories have the power to connect, inspire, and illuminate.

This journal is an exploration in the art of discovery — from free-thinking people, to incredible places, to subtle shifts in perspective. Thanks so much for checking it out.