Shirley Camia is a Filipina-Canadian poet.
She is the author of four collections of poetry: Mercy (Turnstone Press, 2019), 2020 finalist at the High Plains Book Awards; Children Shouldn’t Use Knives (At Bay Press, 2017), 2018 winner of The Manuela Dias Book Design and Illustration Award (Book Design) at the Manitoba Book Awards and an Honourable Mention at The Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada; the critically acclaimed The Significance of Moths (Turnstone Press, 2015); and Calliope (Libros Libertad, 2011).
Her work has been featured in publications such as The New Quarterly, CV2, The Puritan’s the Town Crier and TAYO, as well as anthologies such as Endlessly Rocking (Unbound Content, 2019) and My Lot is a Sky (Math Paper Press, 2018).
She is a founding member of Pluma, a collective of Filipinx-Canadian writers whose work spans genres and generations.
Born in Winnipeg, Shirley has lived across Canada, the Philippines, Japan and Kenya. She currently divides her time between Toronto, Canada and Copenhagen, Denmark.