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. She is a runner-up for the 2019 Allen Ginsberg Award sponsored by the Paterson Literary Review. In addition, her work is currently appearing in the Worcester Review, Christian Century, Greensboro Review, Westchester Review, Peauxdunque Review, and Guesthouse.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