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Irene O'Garden

Irene O'Garden

Irene O'Garden is included in Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the World. Ms. O’Garden’s critically acclaimed play, Women On Fire, starring Judith Ivey, was twice extended and played to sold-out houses Off Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre. It was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for Best Solo Show, and is published by Samuel French. Two of its monologues are published in Best Women’s Stage Monologues. Her new play, Little Heart, won her a Berilla Kerr Playwriting Fellowship and was awarded full development at the New Harmony Play Project. Ms. O’Garden’s essay, Glad To Be Human won a 2012 Pushcart Prize. It was originally published in the Tusculum Review. Ms. O’Garden’s writing is anthologized with Eleanor Roosevelt, Maya Angelou, Gloria Steinem and others in The Greatness Of Girls (Andrews McMeel). Included is an excerpt from her book/theatre piece, Fat Girl, which describes how she came to peace with food and body after a decades-long struggle, published by Harper San Francisco and performed by Ms. O'Garden throughout the US and Canada. For her work in children’s literature, Ms. O'Garden received the 2009 Alice Curtis Desmond Award. Her children's literature works include The Scrubbly Bubbly Car Wash (Harper, Gold Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Book Award ); Maybe My Baby (Harper); and her new book, Forest, What Would You Like? (Holiday House, 2013). Ms. O'Garden has presented at children’s literature conferences at Vassar and NYU and teaches poetry workshops at New York City schools. She is especially pleased to bring the national River Of Words program to Hudson Valley schools under the auspices of the Hudson Highlands Land Trust. Ms. O’Garden has performed her poetry at the Bowery Poetry Club, Nuyorican Poetry Café, and at The Player’s Club in Manhattan. Her poetry is found or forthcoming in literary journals and anthologies such as The Alembic, Anemone Sidecar, Atlanta Review, The Awakenings Review, Bayou, Borderlands: The Texas Poetry Review, California Quarterly, Calyx, Chachalaca Poetry Review, College English, Compass Rose,Controlled Burn, Permafrost, Rockford Review, Skylark, Spirit To Spirit, Tusculum Review, Whiskey Island Review, and Zone 3. Ms. O'Garden has been awarded several residences at artists’ colonies throughout the country, most recently at The Millay Colony. In 1987, she created a performing literary magazine called The Art Garden. She is a proud member of The Dramatists Guild, The Authors Guild, Actor’s Equity Association, and The Society of Scribes. She lives joyfully with John Pielmeier, her husband of thirty years. Most known for his play Agnes of God, John also writes movies for television. They make their home in Garrison, New York.


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