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Jennifer O’Grady is an award-winning American playwright and poet. She grew up in New York City and earned 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 throughout 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 Award/New Dramatists Fellowship and Panndora’s Box); Ellery (Bechdel Group Selection; Waterworks Finalist); still small voice (Moxie Incubator Finalist) and more. Her short plays have awon 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 Monologues some scripts and other publications.

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.) Her poems are published, reprinted and broadcast in numerous places including Poetry, The New Republic, The Writer’s Almanac, BBC Radio 4, The Kenyon Review, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily and Plume  (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 has also been set to music by composer Robert Paterson.

Jennifer is a member of the Dramatists Guild, ICWP, Honor Roll! Playwrights and others. She lives 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