Shirley’s newest collection of poems, The Significance of Moths, has been published by Turnstone Press.


“Always powerfully understated and delicately fierce, these poems had Today’s book of poetry convinced that they are both a lament and a proud celebration.  These poems are front line reports about what people will do for the love of family, for hope.

This is brave, bright poetry distilled and pure.”

– Michael Dennis, Canadian poet

“… 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.”

– Stephen Hong Sohn, Assistant Professor, University of California Riverside

You can purchase The Significance of Moths on Amazon or Chapters/Indigo.

You can also purchase Shirley’s debut collection of poems, Calliope.


“This graceful collection takes the reader through a wonderfully vivid series of thoughts and moments that linger with a welcomed ease while at the same time revealing the often cold sobriety of raw human experience.

It is the type of work we should demand of all our artists: honest and intelligent, and at all times beautiful.

Shirley Camia is an exciting new talent.”

– Joe Cummings, Canadian poet and broadcaster

“Shirley Camia’s first collection of poems is not to be missed.

Bringing together the sinuous lines of Kay Ryan with the cool, uncluttered vision of a Haiku master, she invites us into a world at once resolutely unsentimental and intensely personal: as she writes:

let us / on this day / be friends”

– Ted Goossen, literary critic and translator of Japanese literature