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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 Harper’sThe New Republic, The Writer’s Almanac, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Plume, The Yale Review, Poetry Daily, BBC Radio 4, Verse Daily and American Poetry: The Next Generation (to name a few). Her poem “Moths” has been widely shared and reprinted and is set to music by Robert Paterson. Other poetry honors include a Billee Murray Denny Award, a W. K. Rose Fellowship and Pushcart Prize nominations. 

Jennifer’s plays have been produced across the U.S. as well as Europe 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 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 (included in The Best Women’s Stage Monologues and a Bechdel Group workshop selection). Her short plays have won audience-choice awards and are included in The Best New Ten-Minute Plays 2021 and 2019 (Applause); The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2021, 2017 and 2016 (Smith and Kraus), Stage It 3 and other anthologies. Her work is also included in Best Contemporary Monologues for Women 18-35, The PlayGround Experiment’s Faces of America Anthology, The Covid Monologues by Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble, Feels Blind Literary and elsewhere. Presenting theaters include The Irish Rep, The Barrow Group, 6th Street Playhouse, 13th Street Rep, New World Repertory Theatre, Rover Dramawerks, Heartland Theatre Company, Gi60 (U.S. and U.K. editions), Short+Sweet Perth and Sydney (Australia), Theatre Three and many others. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, ICWP, 365 Women a Year and Honor Roll! Playwrights.

Jennifer has worked in publishing and directed literary programs for the YMCA National Writer’s Voice and The Academy of American Poets in New York. She lives near 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