Sudbury's Florence Hosmer, a student of Edmund Tarbell, produced more than 500 paintings.


"Hosmer's Circle" at 2:00 p.m. at Second-Hand Prose in Groton, MA: A discussion of four women and their passion for art, politics, and social change: Lous Daniels; Florence Hosmer; Rachel Palmer; and Anne Carleton.

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LOCAL LUMINARY TO SPEAK at 4:oo p.m., April 12th, at Goodnow Library, Sudbury, on "Florence Hosmer's Circle." Event is free and open to the public.

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HELEN MARIE CASEY WON SECOND PRIZE IN THE FRANK O'HARA COMPETITION OF THE WORCESTER COUNTY POETRY ASSOCIATION and will join other poets reading on Sunday, Sept. 22nd, at the First Unitarian Church, Bancroft Room, 90 Main St, Worcester Mass, beginning at 2:00 p.m.


Helen will read her poem, inspired by Rossetti's painting, "My Lady Greensleeves", at the New England Poetry & Art Gala on June 6, 2013, at the Providence Public Library, 5-9p.m.

2012-2013 College Club Author/​Speaker Series



2011-2012 READINGS

Sunday, December 9, 2012, Helen speaks about MY DEAR GIRL at Second Hand Prose Bookshop in Acton, Ma at 3:00 p.m. Books will be available for sale and for signing.

Saturday, October 27 10am-5pm
Copley Square
47 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116

Helen Marie Casey will be signing copies of MY DEAR GIRL: THE ART OF FLORENCE HOSMER from noon to 1:00.


Helen read "When We Are Gone," a poem selected by poet Lloyd Schwartz for an Honorable Mention Award in the 2012 WCPA Frank O'Hara competition. The ceremony occurred in Worcester on Sept. 30, 2012

FRAGRANCE UPON HIS LIPS will be available for purchase at the Fountain Street Fine Arts reading on June 3rd.

June 3, 2012, 4:00 p.m. POETRY OF WITNESS: A reading by Joel Moskowitz and Helen Marie Casey, Fountain Street Fine Arts, Framingham, MA. Helen will be reading from FRAGRANCE UPON HIS LIPS, a chapbook of poems about Joan of Arc.

April 15, 2012, Sunday, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. MY DEAR GIRL: THE ART OF FLORENCE HOSMER Book Signing at Hosmer House, Sudbury. Free event. Public welcome for viewing of art and tour of Hosmer House. Books available for purchase and signing. One-half of the purchase price will go to preservation efforts at Hosmer House.

April 12, 2012, Thursday, 7:00 p.m. St. Catherine's Guild, Marblehead, Massachusetts: "The Achievement of Florence Hosmer."

January 22, 2012, Sunday, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., Helen will be one of six authors reading from books published in 2011, as part of the 30th anniversary celebration of the National Writers Union. Address of event: Durrell Hall, Cambridge Family YMCA, 820 Mass Ave., Central Square, Cambridge.

November 3, Thursday, 10:00 a.m., Villagers, Goodnow Library, Sudbury, "The Figures in the Carpet: Finding Florence Armes Hosmer and Her Family."

October 11, 2011, Tuesday, Sudbury Senior Center, "The Making of MY DEAR GIRL: THE ART OF FLORENCE HOSMER."

May 22nd, Sunday, 3:00 in the afternoon, Friends of Goodnow Library, Sudbury, "Who Was Florence Armes Hosmer?"

April 23, 2011, Saturday, 7:00p.m., Barnes & Noble, Worcester, MA, Helen Marie Casey is the featured poet in this National Poetry Month reading.

April 4th, Monday, 7:00 in the evening, Chapel of the Methodist Church, Sudbury, "Finding Florence Hosmer's Story."

February 17th, Thursday, 1:00 in the afternoon, Goodnow Library, SUDBURY WOMAN'S CLUB:
"Writing Florence Hosmer's Story" by Helen Marie Casey

2010 Readings

On Saturday, November 13th, 4:00 p.m., at the Providence Athenaeum, Black Lawrence Press authors Tina Egnoski, Jason Tandon, and Helen Marie Casey will provide an afternoon of poetry and fiction reading. This will be followed by a reception for guests and the featured writers.


Helen reads from "Zero Degrees" at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 9th. Free and open to the public: Harvard's Yenching Library. Under the sponsorship of the New England Poetry Club.

New England Poetry Club reading is free and open to the public.

Helen read at Porter Square Books in Cambridge, Massachusetts during National Poetry Month.

Helen at the grave site of artist Florence Hosmer re-enacting the life of the painter: Wadsworth Cemetery, Sudbury, MA

Helen was the featured poet during National Poetry Month on April 26, 2015, at Berlin's 1870 Town Hall, Berlin, Massachusetts.

Phil O'Hara and Helen celebrate her award of the Frank O'Hara Prize

The reading of "The Loneliness of the Heart," Frank O'Hara prize-winning poem for 2014, occurred on Sept. 14, 2014.

2015 National Poetry Month Reading in Berlin on April 26th, 2-4:00p.m., is free and open to the public. All welcome.

Helen shared some articles from the Hosmer archives with members of the College Club of Boston as she spoke of Miss Hosmer's art studio days in Boston and of her WPA work.

The College Club of Boston Speaker Series

“The Making of My Dear Girl” by Helen Marie Casey

Wednesday, February 27 at 6pm
$30 members/​$35 non-members, plus tax and club charge

Florence Armes Hosmer, who lived from 1880 to 1978, is an all-but-forgotten American artist. In her time, she was acknowledged as one of Boston’s premier portrait painters. How does an artist fall from view? Why? Can her story be re-constructed and, if it can, what does it teach us? What do we learn from the almost 500 paintings left in Miss Hosmer’s home in Sudbury? What do we learn from the letters and notebooks left in the house? These are among the questions that Helen Marie Casey, a poet and biographer, will address as she discusses her book, “My Dear Girl: The Art of Florence Hosmer”.

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An invitation to a presentation in Boston on Florence Armes Hosmer. Save the date of February 27, 2013.

Helen Marie Casey, Jason Tandon, and Tina Egnoski, Black Lawrence Press authors, read at the Providence Athenaeum.

Helen was one of the Poets of Finishing Line Press to read at the Concord Festival of Authors.

Book signing took place at the Boston Authors Club Awards reception in the McKim Building of the Boston Public Library.

"Inconsiderate Madness" was named a finalist for the 2008 Julia Ward Howe Award by the Boston Authors Club. The Boston Authors Club, founded in 1900 by Julia Ward Howe and friends, is the country's oldest continuously meeting writers' club. Awards were presented at a reception May 15, 2008, in the Boston Public Library.

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