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. An interest in Celtic folklore led her to write and produce a series of plays performed at Milwaukee Irish Fest, the largest celebration of Irish culture in the world. 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 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 DuSable Bridge at Michigan Avenue, she recounted the city’s growth from pioneer days to the Great Chicago Fire.
Evelyn earned her undergraduate degree from Marquette University’s College of Speech. She worked in the Milwaukee Public Schools prior to a short-term position with public television in New York City. Returning to the Midwest, she built a career in public relations advocacy. Evelyn later earned an MS degree in adult education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she managed outreach programs in healthcare at the Carbone Cancer Center and the School of Nursing.
When not exploring locales near and far with her husband, Evelyn enjoys sharing backyard tomatoes and good conversation with friends and family. She can often be spotted attending music and theatre venues or volunteering with community groups at food pantries and reading programs.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven. ~Ecclesiastes 3:1