Headshot of Catherine Lewis, a Chinese Canadian woman with wavy black hair in a black dress.


Cover of Catherine Lewis's debut poetry chapbook ZIPLESS, depicting red and blue stiletto-heeled shoes in profile


Chinese Canadian author Catherine Lewis (she/her/hers) is a finalist for the Bisexual Book Awards’ 2021 Bi Writer of the Year.

Her debut chapbook Zipless (845 Press), currently in its third printing, is a finalist for the 2021 Bisexual Book Award for Poetry.

Recently featured at Word Vancouver and at the Poets Corner Reading Series, she has been interviewed on Vancouver Co-op Radio’s Wax Poetic.

Her work has been featured in The Humber Literary Review, Pulp Literature, Plenitude Magazine, and PRISM international. First runner-up for Pulp Literature’s 2023 Magpie Award for Poetry, winner of Arc Poetry’s March 2023 Arc Award of Awesomeness, and longlisted for Surrey Muse’s 2022 Joy Kogawa Award for Fiction, Catherine has been a finalist in creative nonfiction contests hosted by The Fiddlehead, Room Magazine, and The Humber Literary Review.

A graduate of the Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University and of the Vancouver Manuscript Intensive, she is a Banff Centre Literary Arts alumna.

She is currently working on a poetry collection and on a prose memoir.

Born in Hong Kong and raised in Canada, she lives in Vancouver on the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples, where she serves on Vancouver Poetry House’s Board of Directors.

In her spare time, she enjoys sushi, sauvignon blanc, and buying way too many shoes.

Proud Member of The Writers' Union of Canada