MY DEAR GIRL: THE ART OF FLORENCE HOSMER was sold at Hosmer House during the Christmas celebrations with one-half of the cost of each book donated to preservation of historic Hosmer House.

Helen is providing several presentations to introduce her new book, MY DEAR GIRL: THE ART OF FLORENCE HOSMER.

This is the first biography of the twentieth century portraitist Florence Armes Hosmer (1880-1978).

MY DEAR GIRL: THE ART OF FLORENCE HOSMER is available from Black Lawrence Press and Amazon.

Proofing galleys is one small step in the climb to the mountaintop of publishing a book.

Helen burns the midnight oil proofing galleys for MY DEAR GIRL, due out in July 2011.

Florence Armes Hosmer, who lived from 1880 to 1978, maintained a rich correspondence all her life.

Artifacts from the Hosmer collections were exhibited in Hosmer House on the Fourth of July 2010

Hundreds of letters belonging to the Hosmer family provide the narrative threads of the forthcoming biography MY DEAR GIRL: THE ART OF FLORENCE HOSMER

Newly Published

April is National Poetry Month. Helen's next reading is in Cambridge at Porter Square Books

Professor Jack B. Bedell has written of ZERO DEGREES, "It's rare to find poems that go beyond providing a haven, poems that seek to conquer terror with clarity, detail, and beauty."

Photo by Art Illman.

Jeannine Atkins reviews MY DEAR GIRL at the following link: http://jeannineatkinsonwriting and stuff.fileswordpress.com/2012/10/41fcxztftfl-210.jpg. Jeannine's blog is: Views from a Window Seat>

Follow this link for a review of MY DEAR GIRL: THE ART OF FLORENCE HOSMER. Review is by critic Chris Bergeron and photo by Art Illman: http:/​/​www.metrowestdailynews.com/​arts/​x2140450656/​Sudbury-poet-paints-a-picture-of-artist-Florence-Hosmer

On April 2, 2006, Helen Marie Casey's presentation, "Florence Hosmer's Achievements" was cablecast by Sudbury Cable. This clip is from that lecture. The lecture was sponsored by the Sudbury Historical Society and took place at the Sudbury Town Hall.


My Dear Girl: The Art of Florence Hosmer, published by Black Lawrence Press, is available from www.blacklawrence.com and Amazon. Initial reviews are highly complimentary..

FLORENCE ARMES HOSMER, born in 1880, was a farmer's daughter determined to succeed as an artist. Acclaimed in the early part of the 20th century, she has fallen almost entirely from view. This is the story of how Miss Hosmer, a feisty New England woman, painted her way through the new century and created well more than 500 works, many of them quite remarkable portraits.

INITIAL READER RESPONSES:
* "What a lovely, sympathetic, warm and kind book."

* "Last week when I was still in the middle of it I mentioned it to someone and he asked me what I thought of it. I answered, "It is brilliant." I meant that in the sense of being clear and bright and polished."

* "I just this minute finished MY DEAR GIRL and enjoyed it immensely! Now I find myself hoping someone who reads it will think, 'Wait -- there's a box of letters in the attic ... because I find myself craving a chance to read the letters Florence herself wrote to get an even truer sense of her. ... An amazing job!"

* "Splendid accomplishment ... My favorite bits had to do with the lost era brought back to life."

* An intriguing delve into the personal artist that dwells within us all, "My Dear Girl" is an intriguing and much recommended addition to any art biography collection.

* What a delightful history of this artist! ... You've brought this woman to life through your writing and tenderly woven in your own sensibilities as an artist. Your attachment to her (I like the "wink" she gives you when you pass her portrait in the Hosmer house) as well as the love of Sudbury makes this work glow. Your own reflections woven into the text allowed me an insight into our own embracing of the artistic life, a calling that fascinates me, and I'm sure all who wish they were artists.

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 bst.
Helen has two poems in this superb publication, "All Those Bodies" and "Aunt Helen".
These poems are part of a collection-in-progress about three generations of an Italian- Catholic family.
History
The author visits post-Civil War racial history in the school system in Portland, Oregon.
Poetry
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