About Jen

170A4549Jen Johnson is a photographer, writer, mindfulness teacher and creativity coach. Her writing and photography is a contemporary inquiry into psychological space, place, memory, loss, longing, narrative, and meaning. Jen believes in giving voice to unspoken stories in the interest of personal and environmental healing.

Jen’s photographs have been exhibited internationally and published in magazines and on CD covers, and her writing has been published in magazines and literary journals. She has taught writing courses privately and at Mars Hill College, Antioch MacGregor University, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, and University of North Carolina Asheville College for Seniors. Jen’s photographs are available for sale and licensing, and she is available for commissioned work for CD covers, book covers, etc.  Please contact Jen for information regarding purchase of photographs.

When Jen is not writing and making contemplative photographs, she is offering mindfulness training and coaching for people who want to live with greater peace, happiness, and well-being. For additional information on mindfulness training offerings, please visit JenJohnson.com

Jen lives in Wilmington, North Carolina where she enjoys making contemplative photographs by the river or sea or hanging out in her studio with her amazing little dog, Eos.

Grant Awards

The North Carolina Humanities Council Standing Together Grant recipient 2016-2017
The Arts Council of Wilmington Regional Artist Project Grant 2016-2017
The North Carolina Humanities Council Standing Together Grant recipient 2015

Education and Training

MFA Goddard College 2007
MS Rehabilitation Counseling, Georgia State University 1996
MS Community Counseling, Georgia State University 1991
BA Psychology, Meredith College 1986

Photography Collections

Georgia State University
Shepherd Pain Clinic
Atlanta Medical Clinic
Merrill Lynch
private collections

Select Exhibitions

2017     Into the Deep. Online group show CatherineJust.com
2015     Invisible Wounds of War. UNCW Randall Library
2008     Asheville Then & Now. YMI Cultural Center, Asheville, NC
2007     Crossing Over: Looking from There to Here, Looking from Here to There. The Annexe  Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2006     Whimsical Dreams of August. Avenue Art Gallery, Endicott, NY
2006     A Sister’s Call. Writing published with photography exhibit by Rebecca Shaper. Emory University   Law Library. Atlanta, GA
2005     ten. The Seen Gallery. Atlanta, GA
2003     Photographer’s Choice. Atlanta Photography Group Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Teaching Experience

Mars Hill College:  Expository Essay; Documented Essay
A-B Technical Community College: Expository Writing
Antioch University McGregor: Journaling for Transformation
UNC-Asheville College for Seniors: Writing From Life; Witness Narratives: Stories of Survival
UNC-Wilmington Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: Meditation for Stress Reduction


Healing Bodies & Souls through Writing and Photography” PainPathways Magazine Fall 2016.

Meeting Pain with Mindfulness” Pain Pathways Magazine. Summer 2014 edition print and digital.

“After the Diagnosis: Coping with Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity.” Guest Author, CeliacCorner Blog. 2013.

Finding Joy After Loss.” Psychology Today Blog Guest post for Eric Maisel’s Rethinking Psychology blog. April 2, 2013.

“10 Things You Can Do to Reduce Stress.” mindbodygreen.com September 14, 2012.

5 Things You Can Do to Live a Mindful Life.” JenningsWire: The World of Success. October 24, 2012.

Are You Balanced? Here Are the 7 Kinds of Wellness You Need.” mindbodygreen.com November 12, 2012.

How to Meditate Part I: Awareness of Breath Meditation.” JenningsWire: The World of Success. November 6, 2012.

How to Meditate Part II: Mindfulness of the Body.” JenningsWire: The World of Success. December 5, 2012.

“How to Meditate Part III: Mindfulness of Feelings.” JenningsWire: The World of Success. April 18, 2013.

How to Commit to Your Creativity” Creativity for Life. October 2012.

“Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: Improve your sense of wellbeing” Naturally ILM. April 2012.

Feature: “The Value of a VacationNew Life Journal. June 2009.

“The Wreck,” “After The Wreck,” and “Plastic Surgery Phase II” poems transposed onto photographs.
The-Healing-Muse: A Journal of Literary and Visual Arts. October 2008, Volume 8.

Feature: “The Healing Power of Writing From LifeNew Life Journal. July 2008.

Acquired Brain Injury Vocational Rehabilitation Manual. Shepherd Center, Atlanta, GA. 1998.

An Overview of Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome.  University of Florida/Intellicus Life Care Plan Training Program.  Module 3- Multiple Disabilities section, pp. 55-70. 1997.

Vocational Rehabilitation with Persons With Acquired Brain Injury.  Shepherd Center Acquired Brain Injury Program Family Training Manual. 1996.

Child Abuse Prevention and Survivor’s Helpline Training Manual. Georgia Council on Child Abuse. 1994.

Photographs have been published on CD covers and in magazines including PainPathways MagazineSpinal Column, Peachtree, and New Mobility.



When Language Fails: Reconstructing Meaning Through Photography and Memoir Writing. Narrative Matters 2008: An International Interdisciplinary Conference on Narrative Research, Perspectives, Practices and Issues, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. May 10, 2008.

A Narrative Exploration of Healing from Illness or Catastrophic Injury. Wellness and Writing Connections Conference. Atlanta, GA. October 2008.

Creative Writing as Reflective Practice for the Healthcare Professional. Wellness and Writing Connection Conference. Atlanta, GA. October 2008.

When Language Fails. Reading from memoir in progress. Wellness and Writing Connections Conference. Atlanta, GA. October 2008.