Edward Charles O'Gorman was born on September 26, 1929 in New York City. He earned a B.A. from St. Michael's College in Vermont and subsequently an M.A. from Columbia University.
Ned O'Gorman earned early accolades for his writings. He received Guggenheim fellowships in 1956 and 1962. He won the Lamont Poetry Selection award in 1958. In 1959, O'Gorman's collected works were published for the first time in his book entitled, "The Night of the Hammer."
In 1961, O'Gorman's new set of poems was published as "Adam Before the Mirror." From 1962 to 1965, he worked as an editor of "Jubilee." Another set of his poems was soon published in 1964 as "The Buzzard and the Peacock."
Ned O'Gorman taught at Iona College in 1957 and Tougaloo College from 1965 to 1966.
In the mid-1960s, O'Gorman founded the Children's Storefront, a school for youth situated in Harlem in New York City. O'Gorman administers and teaches at the school.
During his career, Ned O'Gorman has published widely. Some of his works include ""The Harvester's Vase: Poems (1968)," "Prophetic Voices: Ideas and words on Revolution" (1969)," "The Storefront: A Community of Children on 129th Street and Madison Avenue (1970)," "The Blue Butterfly (1971)," "The Flag and Hawk Flies (1972)," and "The Children Are Dying (1978)."