About the Writer
Welcome to Out Walking the Dog. I’m delighted you’ve found my website.
I am a writer who lives and walks in NYC’s Morningside Heights. A native New Yorker, I’ve lived – and walked my dogs – in cities across the country, including Portland, Maine, Portland, Oregon and Dallas, Texas.
When I returned to NYC four years ago, after almost twenty years away, I found myself astonished and fascinated by the surprises of NYC nature. Raccoons! Night herons! Peregrine falcons! Red-tailed hawks! Coyotes! Owls! I was amazed at the animals that live alongside us in our strange, highly specialized urban habitat, and began to write about what I discovered on my walks and subsequent research. Urban nature and the interaction of humans with wildlife has become an abiding passion.
I’m also a playwright and dramaturg. My plays, adaptations and performance pieces have been commissioned and produced at theaters around the country, including Dallas Theater Center, Portland Stage Company, Cincinnati Playhouse, East L.A. Classic Theater, Asolo Repertory, Echo Theatre, and San Diego Repertory as well as at alternative spaces in NYC.
My new play, Red Badge Variations, will premiere at Coterie Theatre in Kansas City in September 2013. Inspired by Stephen Crane’s The Red Badge of Courage, the play follows five young American soldiers through their deployment in Afghanistan. Visit The Red Animal Project for more information.
Readers, I love hearing your thoughts and experiences with the natural world, so please feel free to leave a comment on a post or to contact me by email. If you like, you can subscribe to the blog, which simply means that you’ll be notified by email each time I post a new story. Thanks for visiting!
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Out Walking the Dog is available for freelance writing and editing assignments.
Contact: melissacoopernyc at gmail dot com