SHIRLEY CAMIA
Poet | Author

STORIES OF LIFE

To all those struggling to carve out identities in a new place, but enveloped by the old. Feet on one land, mind on another. - Shirley Camia
What people are saying

This is brave, bright poetry distilled and pure.

Today’s Book of Poetry

Most readers will find The Significance of Moths to exist in that rare intersection of sophistication and accessibility that so many poetry collections cannot sustain.

Asian American Literature Fans

At once laconic and rich, her verse is a testament to the power of economy in language.

CV2

Disturbing but delightful, Camia’s sharp, stark poems unfold crumpled childhood memories and meditate on the beauty of their horror.

Winnipeg Free Press

Contemplative and affecting, The Significance of Moths burrows itself into the consciousness as an earworm would.

Shameless Magazine

Camia masterfully employs a minimalist poetic style—strings of short, abrupt thoughts are packed with expressive, meaningful imagery.

Room Magazine

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About

Shirley Camia is a Filipina-Canadian poet.

She is the author of three collections of poetry: the forthcoming Children Shouldn’t Use Knives (At Bay Press, 2017), The Significance of Moths (Turnstone Press, 2015) and Calliope (Libros Libertad, 2011). More

News

FALL/WINTER LAUNCH OF CHILDREN SHOULDN’T USE KNIVES

October 2, 2017 – Hello October! Shirley is gearing up for appearances across Canada to launch Children Shouldn’t Use Knives. Catch her at the following:

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Purchase

Children Shouldn’t Use Knives:
Amazon

The Significance of Moths:
Turnstone Press
Amazon
Chapters/Indigo

Calliope:
Amazon
Libros Libertad

Contact

With Children Shouldn’t Use Knives: At Bay Press

With The Significance of Moths: Turnstone Press

You can also get in touch with Shirley on Twitter: @shirleycamia

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