Cathryn Shea

Cathryn's poetry collection, "Backpack Full of Leaves" is now available on Amazon!


Order your copy here


Ships with Amazon Prime. 49 pages. Released March 2019.

Cathryn's micro-poetry micro chapbook, "My Heart is a Salt Mirror Like Salar de Uyuni" is available from Rinky Dink Press
(ASU, Phoenix) -- Series Four -- February 2018.

Link to book page on dancing girl press

CC.Marimbo, a small Berkeley CA press, released Cathryn Shea's first chapbook, Snap Bean in 2014. In the tradition of handmade chapbooks, Snap Bean is 36 pages, hand sewn and produced in small batches. SOLD OUT

It's Raining Lullabies

$7.00 + $2.00 shipping (only ships to contiguous USA addresses)

What people have said about Cathryn's poems and collections:


"Focused chiefly on the domestic life, with all its “important confusion,” but also ranging into the transpersonal, Shea holds a particular regard for subjects that have vanished or are on the verge of vanishing, and does her best to rescue them with her appealingly quirky style, sometimes comic, sometimes melancholy, and always vested with affection." --Thomas Centolella, Almost Human (Tupelo Press, winner of the Dorset Prize),Terra Firma, Lights & Mysteries, and Views from along the Middle Way  (Copper Canyon)


"Cathryn Shea's poetry is woven with sound. Shea writes about the convolutions and satieties of marriage and the experience of the everyday, the delights and the disappointments, while leaving the reader room to reflect and to discover. In this book she has made a tapestry, never missing a beat or skipping a stitch." -- Joseph Zaccardi, former Poet Laureate of Marin County CA, author of A Wolf Stands Alone in Water (CW Books).


The humor and tears of Cathryn Shea weave together outdoor living, personal illness, domestic folly, and the struggles of a tribe literally on the top of the world. At times magical, always healing, a courageous book of poems. -- César Love, While Bees Sleep (CC.Marimbo)

"Some of the killer lines -- 'acute recklessness of graffiti,' 'unknowable cleanliness' 'fish sprout bulbous nodules,' etc. The domestic becomes astral in her poems. What a treasure of a book." --Ann Robinson, author of Stone Window (Bark for Me Publications)

"Just wanted to say how much I'm enjoying Snap Bean. I love the curiosity shop of your mind -- and how I'm learning so many tidbits -- particularly thinking of 'merkin' and the Dr. Strangelove character, things I'd never have found by myself." -- Roy Mash, author of Buyer's Remorse (Wordtech Communications)

"The Secrets Hidden in a Pear Tree" is available for pre-order from dancing girl press (May 2019).


27 pages, saddle-stitched. Ships media mail. $7.00 + shipping.

Book page on dancing girl press website

Cathryn's second chapbook, "It's Raining Lullabies," is available from dancing girl press, released in November of 2017.  37 pages.