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Jenny O'Grady

Jenny O'Grady

Artist Work

Tin Drum Doll Trio
December 2012
fabric book
5x12 for each
Overdue
2011
paper and board
5x7x3
Autobiography
2005
book arts
9x12
Our Blood Holds Secrets
2013
paper and eyelets
6x16x3
Deadline
2005
paper and board
2x3
Homing
2009
fabric book
4x8

Artist Information

County
Baltimore County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

I like to write poems and I like to make books. Sometimes I make books from my poems, sometimes I make poems from my books.

Artist Bio

A native of the Eastern Shore, Jenny O’Grady writes and makes book sculptures in Baltimore. She is 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 ReviewThe Rusty Nail,Welter, as part of Infinity Ink’s “An Internet,” and online in Cobalt ReviewWhat WeeklyEveryday Genius and Splotches: Visual Pulse. She was proud to be a part of the Amplified Cactus series in 2017, as well as Container’s Multitudes series #2, which focused on vintage lunchboxes. 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.”