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Jennifer O’Grady is an award-winning American playwright and poet. She grew up in New York City and holds an MFA in Writing from Columbia University and a BA from Vassar, where she won awards for her writing. 

Jennifer’s plays have been produced all around the U.S. and in Europe and Australia. Her full-length plays include Charlotte’s Letters (Rising Artists and 1st Place Henley Rose Awards; O’Neill Semifinalist and other honors); Paranormal Love (MTWorks Newborn Award; NEWvember Finalist; Panndora’s Box Honorable Mention); Fertile Ground (Semifinalist for the O’Neill Conference, Prince Grace/New Dramatists Fellowship and Panndora’s Box); Ellery (Bechdel Group Reading Workshop Selection; Waterworks Finalist) and still small voice (Round the Bend Theater Reading Selection; Moxie Incubator Finalist). Her short plays have won awards and are published in multiple editions of the annual Best Ten-Minute Plays and Best New Ten-Minute Plays among other anthologies. Her work is also included in multiple editions of the annual Best Women’s Stage Monologuessome scripts and in other publications. Her plays have been presented by The Irish Rep, 6th Street Playhouse, The Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival, Short + Sweet, Little Fish Theatre, Brave New World Rep, Lakeshore Players, Heartland Theatre, Rover Dramawerks, City Theatre, Gi60, PlayZoomers and many others including colleges and schools throughout the U.S.

She is also the author of the poetry books White, winner of the Mid-List First Series Award for Poetry and a Greenwall Grant from The Academy of American Poets, and Exclusions & Limitations, published by Plume Editions/MadHat Press. (See the Foreword review of White, Grace Cavalieri’s review of Exclusions & Limitations and Rain Taxi’s review of Exclusions & Limitations.)  Jennifer’s individual poems are published, reprinted, broadcast, taught and shared in numerous places, including Poetry, Harper’s, The New Republic, The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, The Writers Almanac, Poetry Daily, The Yale Review, The Georgia Review, Plume, BBC Radio 4, Verse Daily and American Poetry: The Next Generation (to name just a few), and have garnered awards and Pushcart Prize nominations. Her poem “Moths” (included in White) is especially widely shared and reprinted and is set to music by composer Robert Paterson in Summer Songs. Jennifer’s additional poetry honors include a Billee Murray Denny Prize and the W.K. Rose Fellowship. 

She live with her family near New York City.

Read about Jennifer at The Poetry Foundation
Find Jennifer on the New Play Exchange
Find Jennifer at 365 Women a Year: A Playwriting Project