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


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’ Bi Writer of the Year.

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

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

Longlisted for the 2023 CBC Poetry Prize, first runner-up for Pulp Literature’s 2023 Magpie Award for Poetry, Honourable Mention for Surrey Muse’s 2023 Susan Crean Award for Nonfiction, 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. She has been nominated for a 2024 Pushcart Prize.

Her work has been featured in The Fiddlehead, PRISM international, The Humber Literary Review, Pulp Literature, and Plenitude Magazine.

A graduate of the Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University and of the Vancouver Manuscript Intensive, she is a two-time 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 unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples, where she serves as Interim President of Vancouver Poetry House.

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

Proud Member of The Writers' Union of Canada