Artist StatementI like to write poems and I like to make books. Sometimes I make books from my poems, sometimes I make poems from my books.
A native of the Eastern Shore, Jenny O’Grady writes and makes book sculptures in Baltimore. She is director of marketing at UMBC and associate editor of UMBC Magazine. She taught book arts and electronic publishing as an adjunct professor in the University of Baltimore’s Creative Writing and Publishing Arts MFA program (2008-2012), where she earned her MFA in 2006. Previously, she worked as a community newspaper reporter, following in the footsteps of her mother, and also at a culinary school.
She is editor of a quarterly ekphrasis journal called The Light Ekphrastic. Since February 2010, TLE has paired writers and visual artists from all over the world to create new works online.
The Baker Artist Awards named Jenny a 2013 b-Grant winner for her book arts. She was the 2013-14 writer-in-residence for HoCoPoLitSo. She was one of five Baltimore writers featured in the 2009 “Emerging Writers” issue of Urbanite magazine. In addition to the Urbanite, her poetry has been published in the Little Patuxent Review, The Rusty Nail, Welter, and online in Cobalt Review, What Weekly, Everyday Genius and Splotches: Visual Pulse. Her book, “Autobiography,” was included in the 2009 Bind-O-Rama on Philobiblon.com, the Book Arts Web. She was one of two writers chosen to participate in the 2005 Maryland Art Place Critics Residency program. As a journalist, she has won awards from the Maryland-D.C. Press Association, the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education for stories covering everything from an orphaned chocoholic pig to an amateur boxing match to “How to Build a Ramen Bridge.”