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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. Her poems have been published, reprinted and broadcast in numerous places, including Poetry, Harper’s, The New Republic, The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, The Writer’s Almanac, BBC Radio 4, The Yale Review, The Georgia Review, Plume, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily and American Poetry: The Next Generation to name a few. Her poem “Moths” (included in White) has been widely shared and reprinted and is set to music by Robert Paterson in “Summer Songs.” Jennifer’s other poetry honors include a Billee Murray Denny Award, the W. K. Rose Fellowship and Pushcart Prize nominations.
Jennifer’s plays have been performed at theaters across the U.S. and in England, Scotland, Ireland, Italy and Australia. Her full-length plays include Charlotte’s Letters (2020 Rising Artist Award; 1st Place Henley Rose Award; NEWvember Festival Dublin; O’Neill NPC Semifinalist and other honors); Paranormal Love (MTWorks Newborn Winner; NEWvember Finalist; Pandora’s Box Honorable Mention; Southwest Theatre Productions Semifinalist); Juggling with Mr. Fields (Southwest Theatre Productions Finalist); and Ellery (Bechdel Group workshop selection). Her short plays have won audience-choice awards and are published in The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2021, 2017 and 2016 (Smith and Kraus); The Best New Ten-Minute Plays 2021 and 2019 (Applause); Stage It 3 and other anthologies. Her plays are also included in The Best Women’s Stage Monologues 2017 and 2014, Best Contemporary Monologues for Women 18-35, The PlayGround Experiment’s Faces of America Anthology, Feels Blind Literary, some scripts literary magazine and other publications. Presenting theaters include The Irish Rep, The Barrow Group, 6th Street Playhouse, Short+Sweet, Attic Salt Theatre, New World Repertory Theatre, Rover Dramawerks, Heartland Theatre, The Playhouse at White Lake, Gi60, Weathervane Playhouse, Theatre Three, The Hive Collaborative and many others.
A member of the Dramatists Guild, ICWP and Honor Roll Playwrights, Jennifer lives with her husband, son and daughter just outside New York City.