Casey FitzSimons

Redwood City, CA

Author's Bio

Casey FitzSimons is a frequent featured reader at San Francisco Bay Area poetry venues. She has self-published 15 poetry books: More Than I Can Stand to Know 2018, Waiting in the Car 2017, Pushing Sky Aside 2016, The Sharp Edges of Knowing 2015, Buttercup and Other Stories in Verse 2015, Against the Familiar Wall 2014, Standing in the Open House 2013, The Breeze Was Mine: Poems in Form 2013, Riding Witness 2012, No Longer Any Need 2011, In Memory of Marilyn 2011, Altering the Lay of Land 2010, Forgetting My Errand 2009, Nearing This Verge 2008, and Only the Being There 2005–2007. She is included in several anthologies: Marin Poetry Center Anthology 2017, Devices Anthology 2016; Eyedrum Periodically Anthology 2017, River Poets Anthology 2016; Third Thursday 2015, No Ordinary Language 2013, and Shared Light 2012, published by Willow Glen Poetry Project; Something's Brewing 2014; In Gilded Frame (ekphrasis) 2013. Casey taught art in San Francisco for many years, was Director of Fine Arts at the Academy of Art College. She reviewed exhibits for Artweek and published her book Serious Drawing with Prentice Hall. Later she was VP of editorial and production at Key Curriculum Press, a mathematics publisher. Casey has a master’s degree in fine arts from San José State University, a juris doctor from Hastings College of Law, and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from UC Berkeley. Casey has been on the editorial staff of the Marin Poetry Center Anthology and has been a submissions reviewer for Caesura Poetry Journal in San José. She offers workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area on poetry craft and criticism, and on the interpretation of Robert Frost's poems.

Publications and Prizes

Astropoetica, Bohemia, Clay Bird Review, Cyclamens and Swords, Defenestration, EarthSpeak Magazine, Flashquake, HAARP, Halfway Down the Stairs, Hobo Camp Review, Leveler, Mezzo Cammin, Midwest Quarterly, Newport Review, Noyo River Review, Perfume River Poetry Review, Poetalk, Red Wheelbarrow, RiverLit, Sand Hill Review, Stealing Time Magazine, The Broken City, The Centrifugal Eye, The Prose-Poem Project, The Stray Branch
Prizes Won: 
Pushcart Prize nomination 2018;  Soul-making Keats Competition (2015, 2nd place, sonnets);  Mendocino Coast Writers Conference (2014, 1st place in poetry);  Ina Coolbrith Circle (2013, 1st place "Poet's Choice"; 2016, 3rd place "Journeys", 2017, 2nd place "Wabi-Sabi");  BAPC–Maggi H. Meyer (2013, 2nd place "midi-length" poems; 2018 2nd place 15-lines);  Rita Dove Poetry Awards, Salem College (2013, HM).           ***Additional Journals:                                                                                                                    Blood and Bourbon, Cape Cod Poetry Review, The Chest, Elite Critiques Magazine, Elohi Gaduji, Euphemism, Eyedrum Periodically, Fourth River, Imitation & Allusion, Ishaan Literary Review, Jonah Magazine, Lilipoh, Literary Nest, The Massachusetts Review, Montana Mouthful, Moon Magazine, Quill & Parchment, pacificREVIEW, Plum Tree Tavern, Priestess & Hierophant, riverbabble, Rock Bottom Journal, The Rotary Dial, River Poets Journal, Unbelief, Walk Write Up, When Women Waken.

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
Nameless Boy: Poems by Diana Goetsch
American Dream Without Exit Wound by Dawn McGuire
Paul Muldoon by Tim Kendall
Tiller North by Rosa Lane
Ordinary History by Laura Horn
Favorite Books: 
The Art of Robert Frost by Tim Kendall

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Fluent in: 
English, German
Born in: 
West Point
Raised in: 
USA, Brazil, Germany
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Last updated: Jan 10, 2019