Michael G. Casey; photo by Brian Redmond
Michael G. Casey; photo by Brian Redmond

Michael G. Casey, an Irish National, married with three children, was educated at New Ross, University College Dublin and at the University of Cambridge where he earned a Ph.D. He has worked and taught in Dublin, Cambridge,  Washington DC and various Caribbean Islands.

His poetry and short fiction have appeared in many Irish, British and American journals. Winner of several national and international awards, he has been anthologised with writers such as Seamus Heaney, Nadine Gordimer, Derek Walcott, Billy Collins, Jorge Luis Borges.

He has published five novels — ‘Come Home, Robbie’, ‘The Visit’, ‘Smudged Mascara’, ‘Maura’s Dance with Uncle Sam’, and ‘The Killing of Ros Grenham’.  A prize-winning collection of short fiction was published in 2007. A book entitled ‘Ireland’s Malaise’ was published by the Liffey Press in October 2010. A poetry collection, ‘Broken Circle’, will be published in early 2019 by The Salmon Press.

Nine of his stage plays (short and full-length) have been produced by the Umbrella Theatre Company, one, by invitation, in the Henrik Ibsen Museum, Oslo. A radio play has been broadcast on RTÉ. He writes for The Irish Times and Sunday Times.

List of publications

Poetry

 

Flight, Winner, Georgia Poetry Society Award 2003, Anthologised in GPS Anniversary Collection, The Reach of Song, 2003

A Fate Takes a Holiday, Winner Atlanta Review Prize 2003, Atlanta Review, 2003, anthologised in The Gift of Experience, Summer 2005

The Still Centre, Winner, Writers’ Week Listowel Winners Volume, 2000

Riverrun, Winner , Siarscéal, Castlerea 2008

A Mandolin Hung in the Shed, Envoi, No 134, Feb 2003

Another Presence, ibid.

A Splinter of Light, Poetry Ireland, No 72, 2002

Straight as a Die, Staple, No 41, 1998

Greyhound, Staple, No 36, 1996

Altersuggestion, Staple, No 41, 1998

Geologists, Poetry Ireland, No 72, 2002

Grey, Envoi, No 134, 2003

Sandman’s Lullaby, Poetry Ireland, No 54, 1997

Back to the World, ibid.

An Historical Footnote, Staple No. 40, Winter 1997

Altersuggestion, ibid.

Touch, Poetry Ireland, No 60, 1999

Geologists, Poetry Ireland, No 72, 2002

Water Play (short-listed for Clogh Award)

The Loss that Height Entails (shortlisted for Strokestown Award)

Hiding in Plain Sight (accepted for Publication by Alan Ross, London Quarterly)

Monet: Musée Marmottan (shortlisted for Listowel Prize)

Under a Black Flag (Oxfam Calendar Award, 2007)

A Presleytarian Church, Jazzclaw, 2003

A Round Tower, Bardsong, 2002

Give or Take a Lustrum, Bardsong, 2002

Blurred Divide, shortlisted for Tonbridge Wells Award, Windows Anthology, Worple Press,2007

Just Marbles, shortlisted for Clogh Award, 2005

Arctic Opera, Stinging Fly, Winter 2008.

Cooling the Heart, Convergence, 2008

The Blind Empiricist, Convergence, 2008

Cormorant Fisherman, Cyphers, 2010

Bulloch Harbour, Gregory O’Donoghue Prize, Southward Journal, 2011

Leavened Bread, Prize-Winner, Boyle Arts Festival, 2009

Clouds Cease Drifting, Revival, Jan 2008

With Sleeves Rolled Up, Certificate of Merit, Golden Pen Competition, 2009

Such Closeness, Certificate of Merit, Golden Pen Competition, 2009

The Adaptation of Mr Fitzgerald, R*K*V*Ry, 2010

Caoilte, Galway Ropes, 2011


I Know the Score, Honourable Mention, Lucidity Poetry Journal
International Poetry Competition, 2011

An Exaltation of Larks, The Stony Thursday Book, 2011

Tolstoy’s Myriad Landscapes, Poetry Ireland, 2012

The Sea’s Uncertainty, Highly Commended, Siarscéal Festival 2012

Going Home that November, Cyphers, 2012

The Horseman Dream, Abridged, 2013

Love Poem, Atlanta Review, Spring / Summer 2013

Guitar in Shop Window, Atlanta Review, Spring / Summer 2013

Allotment, Iota Magazine, 93-94, 2013

Feeling The Eclipse, Iota Magazine, 93-94, 2013

Blending, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge, The Edition, 2014

Clotho Learns to Knit, Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual, 2014

Lost Place, The Shop, 2014

Backs of Houses, ibid. 2014

Fever Sheds, ibid. 2014

Dura Mater Caves, The Shop, 2014

The Shape of Rain, Yeovil Literary Prize-Winning Anthology, 2012 and 2013

A Plane at Night, Cyphers, 2014

Snapshot and Waffles, Orbis, 2014

Jacks for Office, Hungry Hill Writing Prize, 2015

English Speaks Seductively, Hungry Hill, Highly Commended, 2015

Second Feature At The G.P.O., Hungry Hill, Commended, 2015

Shock and Awe, Hungry Hill, Commended, 2015

Always in Search, Goldsmith Poetry Prize, 2015

The Climber Thinks of Home, Highly Commended, Francis Ledwidge International Award, 2015

Death of Cuchulainn?, Prize-winner, Reclaim 1916 International Poetry Competition, 2016

Arising out of Darkness, Chosen for Limerick Writers’ 1916 Anthology, 2016

Mouse Throw, Southword Journal, Munster Poetry, 2017

Palmer, Highly Commended, Francis Ledwidge International Poetry Award, 2016

Atrium, Stepaway Magazine, Spring 2017

Mr. Photon, Orbis, #179, 2017

Sleeves Rolled Up, Highly Commended, Annual Jonathan Swift Creative Writing Awards, 2017, Commended, Francis Ledwidge Awards, 2017

An Avenue Cuts, Poetry Ireland Review, Issue 124/5, 2018

Fluke, Humanagerie Anthology, 2018

Cloncon Garden and the Tree of Knowledge, Winning Poem at  Words by Water, Kinsale Festival, 2018 (Judge: Niall McMonagle)

Fate, Cyphers, 2018

Waiting with a View of the Lane, Commendation, The Francis Ledwidge International Poetry Awards, 2018

Birds of the AirAllegro Poetry Magazine, March 2019

Façades, Jewish Literary Journal, January, 2019

Crossing Themes, Crossways Magazine, 2019

On the Fly, Orbis, #186, 2019

 

Poetry Collections


A Collection, Nor Have We Wings, shortisted for The May Swenson Award, 2002, Utah State University

A Collection, Untitled, shortlisted for The Tipperary Chap-Book Award,
2007

A Collection, No Room at Home, shortisted for Listowel Poetry
Collection Competition 2009.

A Collection, Back to the World, shortlisted for Listowel Poetry
Collection Competition, 2013

A Collection for Patrick Kavanagh Award 2014, Highly
Commended.

Broken Circle, a Collection, accepted by Salmon Press.

A Collection, Second Prize, Patrick Kavanagh Poetry award, 2018

 

Prose Published


Short Fiction: published in The London Magazine, Bridport Anthology, Columbia Magazine of Prose and Poetry, The Tribune, Tipperary Arts Festival Chapbook Series, etc.

Securex, The Bridport Anthology, Samson and Company, 2000; and in Signals-3, London Magazine Stories Selected by Alan Ross and Jane Rye, 2001

Mssrs Trimble and Cluestar, Columbia Magazine of Poetry and Prose, The Lost Issues, 1993

The Sign of the Dog, Columbia Magazine of Poetry and Prose, Number 9, 1984

The Wrong Address, adapted for Radio, Radio Telefís Éireann, 2001

Normality, The Tribune (shortlisted for Hennessy Award), 1992

The Mystery of it All, The Tribune (Short-List for Hennessy Award), 1994

Treadmill, Tipperary Arts Festival Winners Chapbook, First Prize, 2006

Daniel and Brad and Wheeze Momma, Ibid.

Boring for England, shortlisted for Best Story, Listowel Writers Week, 2008

Grey and Brown Unrelieved, shortlisted for Molly Keane Creative Writing Award, 2008

Letter to Meryl, Orbis, 2014

Playing Through, Leapfrog Press, Spring 2015

 

Books

 

Come Home, Robbie, Published by O’brien Press, 1990

Ireland’s Malaise, Published by The Liffey Press, Oct, 2010

Treadmill, A Chapbook of Short-Stories, 2008

The Visit, Anaphora Press, 2017

Smudged Mascara, Azimuth Publishing 2019

Maura’s Dance with Uncle Sam, Azimuth Publishing 2019

The Killing of Ros Grenham, Azimuth Publishing 2019

 

Plays


Wedding Speech, performed by Radió Telefís Éireann, 2003

Tabu, First Prize At Listowel Writers’ Week, 2007, performed as Joyce’s Wake in Mill Theatre, Dundrum, 2014

The High Priest of Hackballscross, performed in Mill Theatre, Dundrum, 2014

Joyce’s Wake, performed in Mill Theatre and Players’ Theatre Trinity College, 2015

Bit Parts, rehearsed reading at Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, 2012

Contrast, rehearsed reading at Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, 2013

Cupidity, performed, National Gallery of Ireland, 2014

Dimples and Sin, performed, National Gallery of Ireland, 2014

Get Down with the Groove, performed Players’ Theatre, Trinity College

Transatlantic Therapy, performed in Players’ Theatre, Trinity College

Wait Now, rehearsed reading in Mill Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, 2017


Essays


Hundreds of articles, essays and book reviews in The Irish Times, Sunday Times, Business and Finance, Dublin Review of Books, etc.

COME HOME, ROBBIE: “…part thriller, with all the page-turning urgency of that genre, part astute psychological study of a crumbling marriage and a brain-washed teenager … The background of impending divorce notches up the tension even further so that we are dealing with people permanently on the edge …  the sheer quality of the writing lends the story some of the stature of heroic tragedy … The denouement is unexpected and yet leaves the reader with some of the empty feeling of real tragedy … I guarantee that you will find the novel difficult to put down …

… The writing carries a spine-tingling compulsion …
Education Times, 1998.

TREADMILL: “… Michael Casey has succeeded in bringing to life some vivid characters who, by turn, captivate, amuse and engage. This is an original and exciting author whose work shows a wry observation and quick wit …”
Mike McCormack

IRELAND’S MALAISE: “… Michael Casey shows the same Confucian wisdom as his hero, TK Whitaker, in his brilliant new book which banishes many myths and makes many sound suggestions … ”
Eoghan Harris, Sunday Independent, 2010.

DAILY BREAD: “ ….A brilliant and very funny story with a wickedly witty conclusion. I love how this writer (Michael Casey) has captured the setting….he has a beautifully observant eye for the details and atmosphere of the time….The images of the story really stayed with me, and I laughed out loud at the ‘theological conundrum’….Genuinely hilarious, beautifully written and an absolute pleasure to read.” Sarah Moore Fitzgerald, Fiction judge for Words by Water, 2017.

MISCELLANEOUS POEMS AND FICTION:
“… Beautiful work …”  “… Lovely clear prose-style, great characters and beautifully crafted vignettes …”  “… I was thoroughly captivated by the fine quality of the prose and the strong deeply-felt characterizations …”  “… elegant, shrewdly observed and with a lovely wry humour …” “… a very interesting piece of work—an unusual idea, very well executed …”

“I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed ‘Storyline’…I am delighted to accept it for publication…”

“… very powerful, intelligent poems made their presence immediately known … they display the same awareness … of the language that is found, for example, in Brien Friel’s ‘Translations’ … (The poet) employs a casuistry and persuasiveness to rival that of Robert Brownings dramatic monologues …” Various Editors and Critics.

“Like Blake’s world in a grain of sand, Michael G. Casey’s poem, ‘Fluke’, re-creates the wonder of the oyster’s transformation from grit to pearl using words and lines as layered as nacre.” Sarah James.

“…and the beautiful work of Mike Casey of Dublin, a Grand Prize Winner of Atlanta Review’s International Poetry Competition…this is some of Ireland’s amazing contemporary verse…reading these poems will create a thirst for more—more Casey and Carson, Morrissey and Deane—more trips to the source…” Brian Turner for Atlanta Review, 2013.

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