Evelyn Ann Casey’s award-winning poetry as well as book reviews, short stories and essays appear in the Midwest Review, Creative Wisconsin Anthology, and Medium.com. She also wrote and produced a series of children’s plays based on Celtic folklore that were performed at Milwaukee’s Irish Fest. Her forthcoming novel is Candlewood.
Evelyn’s love of language and stories grew from her Chicago roots in a multi-ethnic neighborhood of Irish brogues and pubs, Sicilian music and cannoli, and the Yiddish banter of delis. Religious traditions and rites of passage held sacred place regardless of denomination. A cradle Catholic, she believes in the power of the sacraments even as she sees a Church in crisis. Her writing asks hard questions yet reflects hope in the darkest hours.
She learned early on that we live immersed in storied histories of people and places. An early award from the Chicago Historical Society hooked the teenaged Evelyn on writing. Inspired by the bas relief sculptures chiseled into the four tender houses of the Michigan Avenue Bridge, she recounted the city’s growth from pioneer days to the Great Chicago Fire.
When not exploring locales near and far with her husband, Evelyn enjoys the small pleasures of sharing backyard tomatoes, herbs and flowers with friends … and always, good conversation. She can often be spotted attending music and theatre venues or volunteering with community groups at food pantries and reading programs.
Evelyn earned degrees in education from Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After working several years as a speech pathologist in the Milwaukee Public Schools, she took a short-term position with public television in New York City. Returning to the Midwest, she built a career in public relations before managing public health programs for the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven. ~Ecclesiastes 3:1