Cooper is the author of four poetry volumes, "The Weather of Six Mornings" (1969), which received the Lamont Award of the Academy of American Poets, "Maps & Windows" (1974), "Scaffolding: New and Selected Poems" (1984,1993), and "Green Notebook, Winter Road" (1994). She has received numerous awards and fellowships for her work including a Guggenheim and Ingram-Merrill Foundation fellowship, the Shelley Award of the Poetry Society of America, the Maurice English Poetry Award, and the Literature Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
From 1950 to 1987, Cooper taught at Sarah Lawrence College where she helped develop and enhance the writing program. She retains the title of Professor and Poet-in-Residence Emerita at Sarah Lawrence.
Cooper's work appears in numerous anthologies and she has edited two volumes, "Extended Outlooks: The lowa Review Collection of Contemporary Women Writers" (1982), and “The Sanity of Earth and Grass: Complete Poems of Robert Winner” (1994).
"[Cooper hasl a passionate commitment to the imagination, a craft which is both subtle and honorable, a continuing inner growth. . ." - Adrienne Rich
"Stubborn and exacting, Cooper always begins with what's seen and waits patiently until the unexpected and unseen reveals itself. There's an evanescence to the writing: sometimes the truths she discovers are so delicate and elusive, you want to trap them before they evaporate." - Lisa Sack, "Voice Literary Supplement" on "Green Notebook, Winter Road"
"Jane Cooper takes poetry with pure seriousness and brings to it great joy, solitude, moral conscience, and the witness of compassion." - Jean Valentine