Barbara Casey Agency My Bio
Originally   from   Carrollton,   Illinois,   Barbara   Casey    attended   the   University   of   North   Carolina,   North   Carolina   State   University,   and North   Carolina   Wesleyan   College   where   she   received   a   BA   degree,   summa   cum   laude ,   with   a   double   major   in   English   and   history. In   1978   she   left   her   position   as   Director   of   Public   Relations   and   Vice   President   of   Development   at   North   Carolina   Wesleyan College   to   write   full   time   and   develop   her   own   manuscript   evaluation   and   editorial   service.   Since   that   time   her   award-winning articles,    short    stories,    and    poetry    for    adults    have    appeared    in    several    publications    including    the    AMERICAN    POETRY ANTHOLOGY ,   the   SPARROWGRASS   POETRY   FORUM ,   THE   NATIONAL   LIBRARY   OF   POETRY    ( Editor’s   Choice   Award ),   the NORTH   CAROLINA   CHRISTIAN   ADVOCATE   MAGAZINE ,   THE   NEW   EAST   MAGAZINE ,   the   RALEIGH   (NC)    NEWS   AND OBSERVER ,   the   ROCKY   MOUNT    (NC)   SUNDAY   TELEGRAM ,   DOG   FANCY , BYLINE ,    TRUE    STORY     and    THE    CHRISTIAN    RECORD .    A    thirty-minute television   special   which   Ms.   Casey   wrote   and   coordinated   was   broadcast   on WRAL,    Channel    5 ,    in    Raleigh,    North    Carolina.    Ms.    Casey's    award-winning science   fiction   short   stories   for   adults   are   featured   in   THE   COSMIC   UNICORN and   CROSS   TIME    short   story   anthologies.   Her   essays,   also   written   for   adults, appear   in   THE   CHRYSALIS   READER ,   the   international   literary   journal   of   the   Swedenborg    Foundation ,    and    A    CUP    OF    COMFORT   ANTHOLOGY    by    the Adams Media Corporation . Her   two   middle-grade/young   adult   novels,   LEILANI   ZAN    and   GRANDMA   JOCK AND   CHRISTABELLE    ( James   C.   Winston   Publishing   Co. )   were   nominated   for awards   of   excellence   by   the   SCBWI   Golden   Kite Award ,   the   National Association of   University   Women   Literary   Award    and   the   Sir   Walter   Raleigh   Literary   Award .     SHYLA'S   INITIATIVE    ( Crossquarter   Publishing   Group,   2002 ),   a   contemporary adult   novel   of   fiction,   received   the   2003   Independent   Publisher   Book Award    and received   special   recognition   for   literary   merit   by   the   Palm   Beach   County   Cultural Council .   Ms.   Casey’s   novel   THE   COACH’S   WIFE    ( ArcheBooks   Publishing ),   a contemporary    mystery,    was    listed    as    a    Publisher’s    Best    Seller     and    was semifinalist   of   the   Dana   Award   for   Outstanding   Novel .   In   2007   her   novel,   THE HOUSE   OF   KANE    ( ArcheBooks   Publishing ),   also   a   contemporary   mystery,   was considered   for   a   Pulitzer   nomination ,   and   in   December   2009   her   novel,   JUST LIKE   FAMILY    ( Wandering   Sage   Publications ),   was   launched   by   the   7-Eleven stores    in    St.    Louis,    Missouri.    Her    young    adult    novel,    THE    CADENCE    OF GYPSIES    ( Gauthier   Publications ),   was   released   in   March   2011   and   considered   for   the   Smithsonian’s   Most   Notable   2011   Books .      It was   also   selected   by Amazon   for   its   2013   List   of   Best   Books.      THE   GOSPEL ACCORDING   TO   PRISSY   ( Strategic   Media   Books ), a   novel   for   adults,   was   released   in   March   2013   and   received   an   IPPY   Award   for   Best   Regional   Fiction.      It   was   also   listed   as   a “2013   Best   Summer   Read”   by   Conversations   Live   Radio   and   was   placed   in   nomination   for   a   Pulitzer Award.   In         February         2016     Ms.   Casey’s   two   latest   books   were   released.   The   first   was   her         biographical/true      crime   book,   KATHRYN   KELLY:   The   Moll Behind   Machine   Gun   Kelly ,   which   has   been   optioned   for   a   major   film   and   television   mini   series.   The   second,   was   a   young   adult novel,    THE        WISH    RIDER,         the    sequel    to        THE    CADENCE    OF    GYPSIES.    Another    biographical/true    crime    nonfiction work— ASSATA SHAKUR: A 20 th  Century Escaped Slave —will be released in February 2017. Ms.   Casey   is   a   frequent   guest   speaker   at   writers’   conferences   and   universities   throughout   the   United   States.   She   is   former director,   guest   author,   and   panelist   of   BookFest   of   the   Palm   Beaches,   Florida ;   and   for   thirteen   years   she   served   as   judge   for   the Pathfinder   Literary Awards   in   Florida .      She   held   the   position   of   Florida   Regional Advisor   for   the   Society   of   Children's   Book   Writers and Illustrators  from 1991 to 2003. Ms.   Casey   is   president   of   the   Barbara   Casey   Agency .   She   represents   clients   nationally   and   internationally   in   fiction   and nonfiction   for   adults.   She   is   also   a   partner   with   Strategic   Media   Books .   Her   past   and   present   professional   associations   are numerous   and   include   being   editorial   consultant   for   The   Jamaican   Writers   Circle    in   affiliation   with   the   University   of   West   Indies   and Mico   Teachers   College   in   Kingston.   She   also   received   special   recognition   for   her   editorial   work   on   the   English   translations   of Albanian children’s stories.
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