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.
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
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 Air, Allegro Poetry Magazine, March 2019
Façades, Jewish Literary Journal, January, 2019
Crossing Themes, Crossways Magazine, 2019
On the Fly, Orbis, #186, 2019
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,
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
Broken Circle, a Collection, accepted by Salmon Press.
A Collection, Second Prize, Patrick Kavanagh Poetry award, 2018
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
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
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
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 …”
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.