Jennifer O'Grady

Author's Bio

Jennifer O'Grady is an award-winning poet and playwright. Her book of poetry, WHITE, won the Mid-List Press First Series Award and a Greenwall Award from The Academy of American Poets. Her poems have been taught, anthologized, set to music, and selected for Harper's, The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor, Poetry Daily, and such popular websites as Bustle and Her poems have been published in a wide variety of journals and periodicals including Poetry, The New Republic, The Yale Review, The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, Southwest Review, The Florida Review, and Plume (to name a few). Her other honors include a Billee Murray Denny Award, a W.K. Rose Fellowship, and several Pushcart Prize nominations. O'Grady is also a prizewinning playwright whose plays have been staged in New York, Michigan, Texas, and Kentucky. Her dramatic work has been published or is forthcoming in The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2017 (Smith and Kraus), The Best Stage Monologues for Women 2017 (Smith and Kraus), The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2016 (Smith and Kraus), Best Contemporary Monologues for Women 18-35 (Applause Books) and The Best Stage Monologues for Women 2014 (Smith and Kraus). She holds an MFA from Columbia University and a BA from Vassar (where she won awards for her writing) and lives near New York City with her husband, son, and daughter, two dogs, two cats, and a rabbit.

Publications and Prizes

(Mid-List Press, 1999)
American Poetry: The Next Generation
(Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2000)
, The Book of Irish American Poetry
(University of Notre Dame Press, 2007)
13th Moon, Antioch Review, Arkansas Review, Colorado Review, Columbia, Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, Cultural Weekly, Georgetown Review, Georgia Review, Green Mountains Review, Harper's, Hawai'i Review, Kenyon Review, Literary Mama, One, Plume, Poetry, Poetry East, Salamander, Saranac Review, Seattle Review, Seneca Review, Southern Review, Southwest Review, Tar River Poetry, The Florida Review, The New Republic, The Recorder: Journal of American Irish Historical Society, The Writer's Almanac, Vassar Quarterly, Western Humanities Review, Wisconsin Review, Yale Review
Prizes Won: 
Mid-List Press First Series Award for Poetry (WHITE); Greenwall Award, The Academy of American Poets (WHITE); Billee Murray Denny Poetry Award ("Flight"); W.K. Rose Fellowship; Pushcart Prize nominations ("Tomorrow" and "Dusk"), Winner: MTWorks National NEWborn Festival (PARANORMAL LOVE); Finalist: NEWvember New Plays Festival (PARANORMAL LOVE); Seminfinalist: Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights Conference (CHARLOTTE'S LETTERS); Semifinalist: BETC's Generations Award (CHARLOTTE'S LETTERS); Semifinalist: Little Fish Theatre's Pick of the Vine (PERSEPHONE); Nominated for The Kilroys List (JUGGLING WITH MR. FIELDS)

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Irish American, Italian American
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New York
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New York, NY
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Last updated: Nov 30, 2016