meet the author
catarine hancock
Catarine Hancock is a 19-year old writer from Lexington, Kentucky. She is a college student attending the University of Kentucky as a vocal performance major. But while she adores music, it is not her only passion.

From a very young age, Catarine has been a bookworm with a desire to tell her own stories. She has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember. Her love of poetry, however, was not discovered until she was 13. 

In the summer of 2013, she began to share her writing on Instagram. Her presence on that platform has transformed and grown over the course of 5 years, from a small account named @poems_by_ch with only a few thousand followers, to the popular poetry page under the username which had an audience of over a hundred thousand, to her current page, @catarinehancock, which she created in December of 2018. 

Catarine writes predominantly love poetry, but she also writes about music, friendship, and self-love, as well feminism and other controversial political topics. Her poetry stems from her own experiences; her past and current relationships, her struggles with self-esteem, and her activism. 

Catarine currently has three poetry collections available: 'the boys i've loved and the end of the world' (2017), 'how the words come' (2018) and 'shades of lovers' (2019).  

about the books

the boys i've loved and the end of the world

how the words come

​​'the boys i've loved and the end of the world' is Catarine's debut. With just over a 100 poems, it is a collection of the pieces that put her on the map as a writer. Filled with her readers' favorite love poems, political pieces, and more,  it is the perfect collection for those who have been following her for a long time, or who want to see the growth she has gone through as a teen writer, as well as any poetry-lover in the world. Cover art by Gaylen Bailey. Interior art by Brooke Aschenbrenner.
The second poetry collection from instagram poetess Catarine Hancock, 'how the words come' tells the story of overcoming the aftermath of an emotionally abusive relationship.

The collection is separated into two parts. The first part, titled 'the broken and the bruised' dives into the pain and heartbreak one feels while dealing with the trauma an abuser leaves in their wake. The second part, titled ' the happy and the healed' is filled with lighter, positive, and empowering poetry, embodying the strength and joy one finds in new love, in healing, and finally, in forgiveness.

There are also pieces covering topics like feminism, gun control, the act of writing itself, and self-love throughout the entire collection. Cover by Nika Joulapour.
shades of lovers

from the author of the poetry collections 'how the words come' and 'the boys i've loved and the end of the world', comes a heartfelt and authentic collection of poetry and prose on learning to navigate love and all of its delights and sorrows.

'shades of lovers' is a story of breaking and healing, of forgiving but not forgetting, of understanding and balance. it is not only something to enjoy, but something to learn from.

here are the things i did right, and the many things i did wrong. i give them to you, so that when love comes knocking, you will have a sense of what to do when you open the door.