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Jennifer O’Grady is an award-winning playwright and poet. Born and raised in New York City, she earned a BA from Vassar, where she won awards for her writing, and an MFA in poetry 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. Jennifer’s poems are taught, anthologized, and featured in numerous places including Harper’s, The New Republic, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Poetry Daily, The Yale Review, Plume and American Poetry: The Next Generation (to name a few). Her poem “Moths” has been widely reprinted and featured on The Writer’s Almanac, Spokane Public Radio, and BBC Radio 4’s “Four Season: Summer” broadcast, read by Juliet Stevenson. “Moths” has also been set to music by composer Robert Paterson in “Summer Songs.” Jennifer’s other poetry honors include a Billee Murray Denny Award, a W. K. Rose Fellowship, and Pushcart Prize nominations. 

Jennifer’s plays include Charlotte’s Letters (Henley Rose Award Winner; NEWvember Festival Dublin; Semifinalist: O’Neill Playwrights Conference and other honors); Paranormal Love (MTWorks NewBorn Festival Winner; NEWvember Finalist; Pandora’s Box runner-up); Ellery (selected for The Best Women’s Stage Monologues 2017 and a Bechdel Group selection); and Persephone (selected for The Best New Ten-Minute Plays 2019). Her plays have won many competitions and have been produced and developed by theaters across the U.S., U.K., and in Dublin, Ireland, as well as off-Broadway by the Irish Rep. Producing theaters include Rover Dramawerks, Monster Box Theatre, The Hive Collaborative, 6t Street Playhouse, 13th Street Rep, Gi60, Primal Theatre, LowellArts Theater, OnStage Atlanta and many others. Her plays are also published or forthcoming in The Best New Ten-Minute Plays 2021, The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2017, The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2016The Best Women’s Stage Monologues 2014, Best Contemporary Monologues for Women 18-35, Stage It! 3: Twenty Ten-Minute PlaysThe PlayGround Experiment’s Faces of America Monologue Anthology and Feels Blind Literary.

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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