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Jennifer O’Grady is an award-winning American playwright and poet. Born and raised in New York City, she earned an MFA in poetry from Columbia University and a BA from Vassar, where she won awards for her writing.
Jennifer’s plays have been produced by theaters and schools across the U.S. and in Europe and Australia. Her full-length plays include Charlotte’s Letters (Rising Artist Playwriting 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 and other honors); Juggling with Mr. Fields (Southwest Theatre Productions Finalist); Ellery (Bechdel Group workshop selection) and others. Her short plays have won audience-choice awards and are published in multiple editions of The Best Ten-Minute Plays (Smith and Kraus) and Best New Ten-Minute Plays (Applause) including the 2021 volumes of each. Her plays are also included in multiple editions of Best Women’s Stage Monologues as well as Best Contemporary Monologues for Women 18-35, Stage It! 3: Twenty Ten-Minute Plays, some scripts literary magazine, Feels Blind Literary and other publications. Presenting theaters include The Irish Rep, 6th Street Playhouse, Short+ Sweet, Attic Salt Theatre, Brave New World Rep, The Playhouse at White Lake, Rover Dramawerks, Heartland Theatre, Gi60 (US and UK), Weathervane Playhouse, Theatre Three, The Westside Show Room, Lakeshore Players, Stage Left, The Hive Collaborative and many others. Jennifer was selected for the Kennedy Center’s 2021 Playwriting Intensive and AWP’s 2018 Writer2Writer Program and is a member of the Dramatists Guild, ICWP, 365 Women a Year and Honor Roll! Playwrights.
As a poet, she is the author of White, winner of the Mid-List Press 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 are published in numerous places including Poetry, Harper’s, The Kenyon Review, The New Republic, The Yale Review, The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, Plume and American Poetry: The Next Generation (to name a few). Her poetry has also been featured on The Writer’s Almanac, BBC Radio 4, Spokane Public Radio and other broadcasts. Jennifer’s poem “Moths” (included in White) has been widely shared and reprinted and is set to music by composer Robert Paterson in Summer Songs. Her other poetry honors include a Billee Murray Denny Award, the W. K. Rose Fellowship and Pushcart Prize nominations.
Jennifer lives near New York City with her husband, their son and daughter, two dogs and two cats.