Jennifer O'Grady grew up in New York City. She holds a BA from Vassar and an MFA from Columbia University. Her first book of poems, White (1999), won the Mid-List Press First Series Award and a Greenwall grant from the Academy of American Poets. Her poems have appeared in many publications including Harper's magazine, the Yale Review, the Georgia Review, the Kenyon Review, Seneca Review, Southwest Review, The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor, and American Poetry: The Next Generation.

Eamon Grennan said about White: "I love the mixture of edginess and calm that marks these poems. As unshowy as it is persuasive, O'Grady's language reveals a speaking consciousness at ease among the split-level dimensions of its own exacting and alert awareness." A reviewer for ForeWord explains that O'Grady writes with "a glittering intelligence focused often on the way art reflects the workings of the heart."
O'Grady has worked in publishing and at the Academy of American Poets and the Writer's Voice. She lives with her family just outside of New York City.