About Me

At the Vatican in Rome

Short Version

Jennifer Poe was born and raised in New York City. From the first moment a pencil was placed in her tiny fingers, and she was taught how to write, Jennifer associated periods with her heart beat and she knew she would never stop writing. She began her artistic career as an underground writer and poet on the Lower East Side. In 2006, New York magazine nominated her as one of the top twenty-seven people under the age of twenty-six to be famous by 2010, and profiled her again in December 2010 in an update article. Her writing has been published in Clutch magazine; Zaji magazine; Beyondblackwhite.com; American Airlines, Black Atlas and in an anthology made up of young women authors titled We Got Issues.

She is a world traveler and travels the world on her own terms and at her own pace. She’s traveled to Paris, England, Amsterdam, Uruguay, Brazil and lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Jennifer chronicled her experience living as a black woman in Buenos Aires in a travel narrative titled Hola, Morocha: Black Girl’s Guide to Buenos Aires and is currently working hard to bring Hola, Morocha into the world and hands of her readers. She has since founded a travel brand to promote travel among women of color, Imported Chocolate.

Her mission and goal in life is to write until her heart ceases to beat and to inspire and encourage newbie travelers of color all over the world to take to the sky. She resides in Manhattan.

Long Version

Jennifer Poe was born and raised in New York City. She began her artistic career as an underground writer and poet on the Lower East Side. In 2006, New York magazine nominated her as one of the top twenty-seven people under the age of twenty-six to be famous by 2010, and profiled her again in December 2010 in an update article. Her writing has been published in Clutch magazine; Zaji magazine; Beyondblackwhite.com; American Airlines, Black Atlas and in an anthology made up of young women authors titled We Got Issues.

In 2007 a lost, brokenhearted wallflower, Jennifer decided to go on a metaphorical walkabout to discover herself and escape the confines of New York City, which changed from a place of comfort into a city filled with concrete reminders of a love lost. After hearing Buenos Aires was the new Paris, Jennifer moved there for five months.

With no friends or Spanish-speaking skills, she found that the littlest things became the hugest challenges. Her black skin became the catalyst for awe and wonder and being different made her feel like the new kid on the block. Despite all this, Jennifer still managed to make friends and lovers, shed her petals, and party the night away in the Buenos Aires Boliches, all while coming out a stronger, more confident, and healed woman in the end. Once back in New York, she found that thousands of people from around the world were still reading her personal Buenos Aires blog and were becoming inspired to travel.

Her email inbox filled with personal anecdotes from young women all over the world about how Hola, Morocha changed their life and made them dream bigger, inspiring them to travel on their own journeys and want more out of life. She became the official go-to girl for all things black women and Buenos Aires. Even black and white men have written to Jennifer about her experiences in Buenos Aires. These experiences and the fact that there are very few books that exist for the black traveler, especially the traveling black woman, inspired her to write Hola, Morocha: Black Girl’s Guide to Buenos Aires. Jennifer is currently working hard to bring Hola, Morocha into the world and hands of her readers.