ABOUT JENNIFER O'GRADY

Jennifer O'Grady, poet, playwright, author
Jennifer O’Grady is an award-winning poet and playwright. Born to an Italian-American mother and an Irish father, she grew up in New York City and began writing poetry and plays at a very young age. She earned a BA from Vassar, where she won awards for her writing, and an MFA from Columbia University's School of the Arts.

As a poet, she is the author of Whitewinner of the Mid-List Press First Series Award for Poetry and a Greenwall Fund award from The Academy of American Poets, and Exclusions & Limitations, forthcoming from Plume Editions/MadHat Press. Her poetry has been taught, anthologized, set to music, and featured in numerous places including Harper’s, The New Republic, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, The Georgia Review, The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor, and American Poetry: The Next Generation. She is the recipient of a Billee Murray Denny Poetry Award, a W. K. Rose Fellowship, and Pushcart Prize nominations, among other honors.

As a playwright, she is the author of Charlotte's Letters (2017 NEWvember New Plays Festival; Semifinalist: O'Neill Center Playwrights Conference, BETC's Generations Award); Paranormal Love (MTWorks NewBorn Festival; Finalist: NEWvember Festival); Quasars (selected for The Best Women's Stage Monologues 2014 and Best Contemporary Monologues for Women 18-35); Juggling with Mr. Fields (nominated for The Kilroys List); Ellery (selected for The Best Women's Stage Monologues 2017); Persephone (Semifinalist: Little Fish Theatre's Pick of the Vine) and other plays. Her work is also published in 
The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2016  and The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2017 (Smith and Kraus). Jennifer is a Member of the Dramatists Guild and 365 Women a Year: A Playwriting Project. One of her most cherished awards is Best Actress, received for a small nonspeaking role in her New York City high school's contest play.

Jennifer has worked in publishing and directed literary programs for the YMCA National Writer's Voice and The Academy of American Poets. 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 here.

Find Jennifer on The New Play Exchange here.

Find Jennifer at 365 Women a Year: A Playwriting Project here.