Originally from the west of Ireland and living in Sydney for the past 26 years, Anne Casey is an award-winning poet/writer and author of two critically acclaimed poetry collections— where the lost things go (Salmon Poetry 2017) and out of emptied cups (Salmon Poetry 2019), with two books of poetry forthcoming in 2021. Her second poetry collection was selected for Best Dressed in 2020 by Sundress Academy for the Arts in the USA – the curators of the prestigious Best of the Net awards. This book was also selected for Books of the Year 2019 by The Lonely Crowd magazine in the UK.
Anne has worked for 30 years as a journalist, magazine editor, media communications director and a legal author – she has researched and written several significant legal publications (300-600 pages each), including one market leader. She has held senior positions in government and the private sector – including running Enterprise Ireland-Australia/New Zealand (the Irish government's overseas trade agency), for whom she hosted Presidential and Ministerial delegations to Australia; Communications Director for PricewaterhouseCoopers; and Product Development Manager for CCH international legal publishers. Senior Poetry Editor of Other Terrain and Backstory literary journals (Swinburne University, Melbourne) from 2017 to 2020, she has served on numerous literary advisory boards and as Vice President on the board of Voices for Women. She is a regular guest editor for literary journals and is a member of the Prankqueans, a feminist arts performance group who have been acknowledged in NSW Parliament for their work in Australia in 2020 and 2021.
Anne's essays, articles and poetry are widely published internationally and rank in The Irish Times newspaper’s Most-Read. She has won/shortlisted for poetry prizes in Ireland, Northern Ireland, the USA, the UK, Canada, Hong Kong and Australia – including the ACU Prize for Poetry, Henry Lawson Poetry Competition, Tom Collins Poetry Prize, Women’s National Book Association of USA Poetry Competition, 25th Annual Melbourne Poets Union International Poetry Competition, Hennessy New Irish Writing, Cúirt International Poetry Prize, Overton Poetry Prize, Bedford International Writing Competition and Fellowship of Australian Writers Queensland Literary Competition.
Her poems feature internationally in newspapers, magazines, journals, anthologies, podcasts, music albums, stage shows and art exhibitions –The Irish Poetry Reading Archive (James Joyce Library, University College Dublin), The Irish Times, The Canberra Times, Australian Poetry Anthology, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Tahoma Literary Review, Quiddity, Entropy, The Murmur House, Barzakh (State University of New York), Connecticut River Review, The Stony Thursday Book, Westerly Magazine and Cordite Poetry Review among many others. She has been nominated for the 2021 iWoman Global Award in the field of Literature and for the Pushcart Prize. Anne is included in the following archives:
- Irish Poetry Reading Archive at James Joyce Library, University College Dublin
- Poets & Writers Directory
- Contemporary Irish Women poets
- An Index of Women Poets
- AustLit at the University of Queensland.
A frequent headliner at literary events, conferences and universities, Anne has given reading tours in Australia, Ireland and the USA. She has featured at fixtures including the Consulate General of Ireland (Sydney); State Library of New South Wales; Ireland's largest and longest running traditional music summer school and festival, Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy; one of Europe's oldest and most respected literary festivals, Cúirt International Festival of Literature (Galway, Ireland); AWP, the largest bookfair and conference in North America; Poetry Ireland (Dublin, Ireland); the University of Missouri-St Louis; the University of Newcastle (Australia); Swinburne University (Melbourne); the University of Canberra; Edith Cowan Writers' Centre (Perth); Casula Powerhouse; and Don Bank Museum, Sydney.
Anne has written lyrics for over 30 songs, which are played in more than 11 countries on four continents (including the USA, the UK, Germany, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa), and on more than 20 radio stations. She has creative collaborations with artists and musicians in Australia, the US and Ireland – amongst others, her poems feature on 'Nothing in Common But Us' music album (EMI/Universal Music 2020) by chart-topping Australian hip hop artist, Tuka, and on 'The Lost Codex of Avalon' album by chamber composer David Yardley for release in December 2020, featuring the Sydney Chamber Choir. She also has ongoing collaborations with visual artist, Jane Theau; stage and film performance company, Voices of Women; music groups, War Poets (USA), Ambientronic (Australia); chamber music composer, John Lewis (Australia); and singer-songwriter, Claire Watts (Ireland).
Anne holds an honours Law Degree from University College Dublin and qualifications in Media Communications from Dublin Institute of Technology (Technological University Dublin), where she was awarded First Place in her graduating year. She has recently been awarded an Australian Government scholarship to undertake a PhD at the University of Technology Sydney.