"A Young Lady in Furs" was one of the most highly praised of Florence Hosmer's portraits.

"The Harpist" was painted in 1929 by Florence Armes Hosmer and depicts Dorothy R. Knauss, one of many musicians whose portraits Miss Hosmer completed.


Louisiana Literature: A Review of Literature and the Humanities Vol 34 No 1--Two Poems


This is the first biography of noted portraitist Florence Armes Hosmer. The narrative re-creates vignettes of the lives of Florence, her sister Alice, and her brothers Burt and Fred. In addition, this study follows the triumphs and disappointments of Miss Hosmer through almost nine decades. Florence never reached the pinnacles of fame. Nevertheless, she retained her love of art and did not stop painting until her vision failed her. The memory of her indomitable spirit is one of the gifts she leaves us.

Portland’s Compromise: The Colored School 1867-1872
This investigative work takes a first look at racially-motivated educational decisions in the early days of Portland’s school system. The solution of a "separate School for the education of the Colored children of the District" was relatively short-lived.

Inconsiderate Madness
Helen Marie Casey’s powerful poems about a dark period of American history when people were hanged by zealots in the name of God are a necessary reminder for our contemporary world of how power combined with prejudice can persecute and ultimately silence voices. Casey chronicles the life of Mary Dyer who was hanged because of her Quaker faith.
--Vivian Shipley

Fragrance Upon His Lips
Capturing Joan of Arc in poetry is potentially as dangerous as riding onto a medieval battlefield. But Helen Marie Casey disproves the notion that one can’t create artfully with a story so full of its own natural artistry. Her treatment of the facts is principled, fresh, and unsentimental, but still allows her to see a fire’s hem rush across a bridge or notice a petty-thieving Burgundian pocket Joan’s precious spurs. Her warmly recommended Joan is a listener who harkens to the divine will until marching boots beneath her prison window make it hard to hear.
--Deborah A. Fraioli

AWARDS: Helen's poem, "The Loneliness of the Heart Is Forever", has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

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.
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