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Helen Marie Casey is a member of the New England Poetry Club, the Authors Guild, PEN New England, and the Boston Authors Club.

Helen Marie Casey lives in Sudbury, Massachusetts, a small New England town settled in 1638. Her love of history led her to write a poetry chapbook, "Inconsiderate Madness", about Quaker martyr Mary Dyer, hanged in 1660. The book won the Black River Chapbook Competition of Black Lawrence Press. Seven poems from the book were set to music and twice performed in Montana in 2007 as "A Flag for Others." Helen's poetry chapbook about the military figure Joan of Arc, "Fragrance Upon His Lips", had an early reading at Shakespeare & Company in Paris. Helen has also written a monograph, "Portland's Compromise: The Colored School 1867-1872" and a biography of a Sudbury painter, "My Dear Girl: The Art of Florence Hosmer." Her newest poetry chapbook is "Zero Degrees".

Helen's poetry and reviews have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Prairie Schooner, The Laurel Review, Paterson Literary Review, Comstock Review, Connecticut Review, Louisiana Literature, Calyx, The Worcester Review, The South Carolina Review, and the anthology, Lay Bare the Canvas: New England Poets on Art.

Helen won first prize in the 14th National Poet Hunt of the MacGuffin in 2010 and she won the Frank O'Hara Prize of the Worcester County Poetry Association in 2014. She was named a semifinalist for the 2015 Paumanok Poetry Award competition and she has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. For many years her columns appeared in the Metrowest Daily News as well as in several regional publications. Her. B.A. in English and French is from the University of Portland and her M.A. in English from Portland State University. She also pursued doctoral work in Literary Studies at Washington State University. See more updates on Helen's work at: www.helenmariecasey.com

AWARDS: Helen Marie Casey's "Sprung Rhythm" was the 14th National Poet Hunt winner, judged by Thomas Lynch. Her poem, "The Loneliness of the Heart Is Forever," won The Frank O'Hara Prize of The Worcester County Poetry Association.

Contemporary poetry. Poetry of Witness.
This work is highly recommended not only to literature lovers but also to politicians, ethicists, historians, and students of international relations. It is protest poetry at its best.
Helen has two poems in The Paterson Review, "All Those Bodies" and "Aunt Helen".
These poems are part of a collection-in-progress about three generations of an Italian- Catholic family.
The author visits post-Civil War racial history in the school system in Portland, Oregon.
Casey’s poems are compelling. Throughout, Casey’s lyrical voice resonates.
--Vivian Shipley
Deft. Real, honest, terse, sinewy, searing, passionate poems of emotional and sensual immediacy
--Brian Doyle