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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 have been published and reprinted in numerous places, including Harper’sThe New Republic, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Plume, The Yale Review and American Poetry: The Next Generation, to name a few. Her poems have been featured on The Writer’s Almanac, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, BBC Radio 4, Spokane Public Radio and in Bustle, among other places. Her poem “Moths” has been widely shared and reprinted and is set to music by composer Robert Paterson. 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 across the U.S. and internationally. Her full-length plays include Charlotte’s Letters (2020 Rising Artists Award; 1st Place Henley Rose Award; NEWvember Festival Dublin; O’Neill 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 (included in The Best Women’s Stage Monologues 2017 and a 2019 Bechdel Group selection). Her short plays have won Audience-Choice Awards and play competitions and are published or forthcoming in The Best New Ten-Minute Plays 2021 and 2019 (Applause Theater & Cinema Books); The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2021, 2017 and 2016 (Smith and Kraus), Stage It 3: Twenty Ten-Minute Plays (2019) and other anthologies. Her work is also published in The Best Women’s Stage Monologues 2014, Best Contemporary Monologues for Women 18-35, The PlayGround Experiment’s Faces of America AnthologyFeels Blind Literary and elsewhere. A former AWP Writer2Writer Mentee in Playwriting, she is a member of the Dramatists Guild, ICWP, 365 Women a Year and Honor Roll! Playwrights.

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 just outside 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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Find Jennifer at 365 Women a Year: A Playwriting Project