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Jennifer O’Grady is an award-winning playwright and poet. Born to an Irish father and Italian-American mother, she grew up in New York City and earned a BA from Vassar, where she won awards for her writing, and an MFA from Columbia University.

As a poet, she is the author of White, winner of the Mid-List First Series Award for Poetry and a Greenwall Award from The Academy of American Poets, and Exclusions & Limitations, published in 2018 by Plume Editions/MadHat Press. Her poems have been taught, anthologized, set to music and featured in numerous places including Harper’s, The New Republic, Poetry, NPR, Poetry Daily, The Kenyon Review, The Yale Review, BBC Radio 4 and American Poetry: The Next Generation (to name a few). She is the recipient of a Billee Murray Denny Award, a W. K. Rose Fellowship and Pushcart Prize nominations, among other honors. 

Jennifer’s plays have been produced and developed in the U.S., the U,K., and in Dublin, Ireland. Her plays include Charlotte’s Letters (Winner: Henley Rose Award; NEWvember Festival Dublin; Semifinalist: Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference; BETC’s Generations Award); Paranormal Love (MTWorks NewBorn Festival; Finalist: NEWvember Festival); Persephone (Heartland Theatre’s 10-Minute Play Festival); Listening (Weathervane Playhouse’s 8×10 TheatreFest); Pre-War (Stage It’s Ten-Minute Play Festival); Ellery  (selected for The Best Women’s Stage Monologues 2017); Juggling with Mr. Fields (nominated for The Kilroys List) and many others. Her plays have been produced and presented by the Irish Repertory Theatre, Rover Dramawerks, Heartland Theatre Company, The Bechdel Group, Monster Box Theatre, White Mouse Theatre Productions, Gi60, 13th Street Repertory Theatre, AboutFace Ireland, 29th Street Playwrights Collective, Wild Rumpus Productions, Yellow Rose Productions, Manhattan Theatre Works and other companies. Her plays are published or forthcoming in 30 New Ten-Minute Plays (Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, 2019), Stage It 3: Twenty Ten-Minute Plays (2019) The Best Women’s Stage Monologues 2017 and 2014 (Smith and Kraus), The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2017 and 2016 (Smith and Kraus)Best Contemporary Monologues for Women 18-35  (Applause). She is a recent mentee in playwriting in AWP’s Writer2Writer Program.

Jennifer has worked in publishing and directed nonprofit literary programs for the YMCA National Writer’s Voice and The Academy of American Poets in New York. She lives near New York City with her husband, son, and daughter, two dogs, two cats, and a rabbit.

Read about Jennifer at The Poetry Foundation
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