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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.

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 Writer’s Almanac, Plume, BBC Radio 4, The Yale Review, 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 as part of 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 have been produced and developed by theaters across the U.S. and in England, Scotland, Ireland, Italy and Australia. Her full-length plays include Charlotte’s Letters (2020 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; 2019 Pandora’s Box Honorable Mention; 2020 Southwest Theatre Productions Semifinalist); Juggling with Mr. Fields (2020 Southwest Theatre Productions Finalist); and Ellery (2019 Bechdel Group selection). Her short plays have won audience-choice awards and are published in multiple editions The Best Ten-Minute Plays (Smith and Kraus), The Best New Ten-Minute Plays (Applause) and The Best Women’s Stage Monologues (Smith and Kraus). Her dramatic work is also published in Best Contemporary Monologues for Women 18-35, Stage It! 3, some scripts literary magazineFeels Blind Literary and elsewhere. Her plays have been presented by The Irish Rep, The Barrow Group, 6th Street Playhouse, Short+Sweet Sydney and Perth (Australia), 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 other theaters as well as colleges and schools. She 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 and Honor Roll Playwrights.

Jennifer lives with her husband, son and daughter just outside 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