Poetry Chapbook

845 Press, November 2021

Finalist for the 2021 Bisexual Book Awards
for Poetry, and for Bi Writer of the Year

Cover of Catherine Lewis's debut poetry chapbook

“Catherine Lewis’ Zipless wears femme armour.”

~ Amber Dawn

Thrilled to announce that my debut queer poetry chapbook Zipless has been published by 845 Press (the publishing arm of The /tƐmz/ Review) as part of their 2021 lineup!

So stunned to announce that Zipless has sold out its first two printings (its first within only eleven days) and that its third printing is now shipping! Thank you to everyone for your amazing support!

Zipless has just been chosen as a finalist for the 2021 Bisexual Book Award for Poetry!

Order your copy of Zipless’s third printing from 845 Press.

Zipless is also in stock at:
Massy Books, Vancouver (including autographed copies)
Little Sister’s Book & Art Emporium, Vancouver
Verses Festival of Words (April 25 to 29—now sold out)
Brown & Dickson Bookstore, London, Ontario

An electronic edition is also available for purchase from 845 Press.

Check out my readings from Zipless below…

Launch details below…

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Huge thanks to publisher Aaron Schneider and his entire 845 Press team for taking a chance on an emerging writer.

A big thank-you to cover artist Síle Englert—I gasped the first time I saw this stunning cover.


Catherine Lewis’ Zipless wears femme armour. These poems are fortified by Valentino stilettos and sundresses in August’s heat. The thick-skinned and vivid voice firmly leads the reader to fertility clinics, first dates and Pride parties. Zipless leads us further still—into the complex positionality of a mature polyamorous Asian bisexual navigating a queer world that is often too narrowly-focused to see her multitudes. Lewis widens the landscape of queer poetics, punching 4-inch-deep heel marks into the ground as she goes.”

Amber Dawn, author of My Art Is Killing Me and Other Poems and Sodom Road Exit


In this brief volume, Catherine Lewis articulates the emergence of writer and lesbian from the burnt offerings of her intended ordinary life. When the expected abandons the narrator, her eloquent quest for joy begins. Affirming, moving, intelligent poetry. Open your heart and read.”

Joanne Arnott, author of A Night for the Lady


In Zipless, Catherine Lewis invites us to stride many miles in a pair of Valentino heels. By crafting a poetics around experiences of failed fertility treatments, dating queer in a middle-aged, racialized body, and lack of cultural and ‘intrafamilial consensus,’ she carefully ‘unzips’ the ways we can attempt to love somebody, or ourselves, and how to continue to hope when those avenues lead to an end without closure. Poignantly heartbreaking and tenacious, this debut is a courageous embrace with honest wisdoms.”

Isabella Wang, author of Pebble Swing


Readings from Zipless

Wax Poetic Radio Show Logo, Scheduled on Wednesday, 14:00 to 14:30

Wax Poetic radio interview (Mar 9, 2022) hosted by RC Weslowski and Kevin Spenst
Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5 FM


Real Vancouver 2021 November Event Flyer

Real Vancouver Writers’ Series (Nov 28, 2021)
WATCH NOW   (my portion starts at the replay’s 41:45 mark)


Surrey Muse (Nov 26, 2021)
WATCH NOW (my portion starts at the replay’s 1:04:55 mark)


Launch Events

A virtual launch event for Zipless was held on Monday, November 29th, 2021 at 6:30pm PST/9:30pm EST, featuring special guests Yong Nan Kim, Jacqueline Willcocks, and Zofia Rose.

Event Banner: Please join Catherine Lewis at the virtual launch of her poetry chapbook ZIPLESS, featuring special guests Yong Nan Kim, Jacqueline Willcocks, and Zofia Rose. Monday, November 29, 6:30pm PST


A virtual launch event for the 2021 chapbook lineups for 845 Press and Rose Garden Press was hosted by London, Ontario’s Words Festival on Sunday, December 5th, 2021 at 1pm PST/4pm EST, featuring readings from Nadia Froese, Jeremy Luke Hill, Catherine Lewis, David White, patti sinclair, Andrew French, and Laurie Koensgen.

A Chapbook Launch with 845 Press and Rose Garden Press Featuring: Nadia Froese, Jeremy Luke Hill, Catherine Lewis, David White, patti sinclair, Andrew French, and Laurie Koensgen. Sunday December 5th, 4:00pm Eastern Time



Available Now

Order Zipless at 845 Press (in print or electronic editions).