Born in New York City on September 26, 1929, Ned O'Gorman spent most of his early life in Southport, Connecticut, and Bradford, Vermont. After graduating from Saint Michael's College in Winooski, Vermont, in 1953, he pursued graduate work at Columbia University. He later founded the Children's Storefront School in Harlem.
O'Gorman was the author of six books of poetry, Five Seasons of Obsession: New and Selected Poems (Books & Co., September 2001), The Flag the Hawk Flies (1972), The Harvesters' Vase (1968), The Buzzard and the Peacock (1964), Adam Before His Mirror (1961), and The Night of the Hammer, which was the Lamont Poetry Selection for 1958.
He was the recipient of two Guggenheim fellowships and the Rothko Chapel Award for Commitment to Truth and Freedom.
O'Gorman taught at Brooklyn College, the New School, and Manhattan College. He died on March 7, 2014, in New York City.