New Book Release



Read BACKSTORY OF THE POEM to learn more about the writing of a particular poem, “Heartbroken,” in Her Landscape, and the writer’s process in conceiving and developing the book.   

Catherine Arra’s moving poetry collection, Her Landscape, casts a dazzling spotlight on the life of Mileva Marić Einstein, first wife and long-time collaborator of Albert Einstein. It is an ambitious undertaking to illuminate the invisibility of a brilliant female scientist eclipsed by the confident and charming entitlement of her male colleague and husband who then divorces her for another woman. These poems, braided with tenderness and harsh fact, succeed wildly. In the poet’s voice of Mileva Marić Einstein: “You cannot lose what belongs to you. This too is a universal law.”

–Beate Sigriddaughter, author of Dancing in Santa Fe and other poems and editor of Writing In A Woman’s Voice


Drawing on historical writings and an awareness of social constraints placed on women, as well as her own keen sense of the workings of heart and psyche and exquisite imagination, Catherine Arra takes us deep into the life of Mileva Marić Einstein, brilliant mathematician, lover/spouse, mother, and then an abandoned/erased wife. By giving her voice, the woman mentioned ‘in passing’ as Albert Einstein’s first wife can say I am Mileva. And we rejoice to know her.

–Karen Neuberg, author of PURSUIT and the elephants are asking


This compelling collection is both incisive and poetically beautiful. Catherine Arra has created a miraculous hybrid: a set of lilting, evocative poems that give voice to one of history’s most neglected and important women, Mileva Marić. A notable mathematician, she was Albert Einstein’s first wife and his collaborator. In these finely crafted, lyrical poems, she comes alive as a complex character, humiliated by Einstein, her contributions ignored, yet full of dignity, grace, and intelligence. This is a masterful creation.

–José Sotolongo, author of The Scented Chrysalis


Darkly sensual grief woven through comprehensive incomprehension (how could this happen to me; yet it did), Her Landscape is a dramatic unfurling from ‘the voice’ of Einstein’s first wife, Mileva. Phrasings, pacing, and execution glitter on the page. An elegant, impeccable work of art.

–Susan Tepper, author of What Drives Men and The Merrill Diaries

Catherine Arra






Read an in-depth                about Loving from the Backbone with Catherine Arra conducted by Clare L. Martin, editor of MockingHeart Review.


       of Loving from the Backbone and Slamming & Splitting by Michael Dennis of Today’s Book of Poetry.

Radio Kingston WKNY: Good Morning, Beloved

God & Creativity, Poetry, and Readings

Joining Reverend Darlene Kelley this week is Catherine Arra, local author and poet, with several of her poems, on Darlene's topic of "God & Creativity". Darlene also shares a column from Scientific American magazine, written by Scott Barry Kaufman about the neuroscience of creativity.



Calling All Poets Series: Readings by Catherine Arra and Steve Hirsch, June 1, 2018 

Poetry Breakfast                        of Writing in the Ether by Catherine Arra

Putting Ghosts to Rest with Love:               with Catherine Arra


Online Journal Publications

Break-up Triolet: First Literary Reveiw-East, November 2020

Ode to Forest: Muddy River Poetry Review, October 2020

Thunderstorm:, September 18, 2020

God’s Waiting Room: Writing In A Woman’s Voice, August 29, 2020

After Divorce: Writing In A Woman’s Voice, August 28, 2020

Novi Sad, 24 February 1922: Writing In A Woman’s Voice, June 13, 2020

Mileva: Writing In A Woman’s Voice, June 12, 2020

Speak 2: Writing In A Woman’s Voice, May 17, 2020

Espionage: Writing In A Woman’s Voice, May 16, 2020

Don’t Misunderstand: Writing In A Woman’s Voice, March 24, 2020

After Lieserl: Writing In A Woman’s Voice, March 23, 2020

Estrus: Boston Literary Magazine, January 2020

Stepping Stone, Thought Experiments/Sex, Elsa, Premonitions: Peacock Journal, January 2020

Liebe: Muddy River Poetry Review, Fall 2019

Women in Parentheses: First Literary Review-East, July 2019

Tchotchkes: First Literary Review-East, May 2019

Like the Big Bang: Panoply, A Literary Zine

Unsexed, Fall Back, Child, After the Flood: Pink Panther Magazine, (pp.40-41)

In the End: Writing in a Woman’s Voice

The Tug of Gravity: Nixes Mate Review

Egret: River Poets Journal Seasonal Issue, p. 8

Ode to That Which Cannot Be Named: Whale Road Review

Things That Work: First Literary Review-East, July/August 2018, last poem

Between the Butterflies, Blood is Thicker: Mojave River Review, Spring / Summer 2018, pp. 142-145

Justice: A Letter of Resignation: First Literary Review-East, May 2018

Thanksgiving Eve: Muddy River Review

The Particular Preference of Ghosts, Her Cat, Dead Letters, Video: Ginosko Literary Journal, (pp. 219-222)

Perennial, Ballet of Palms, Seasons & Envy: Soul-Lit

Tartaruga: Cahoodaloodaling

White Spaces: Switched-on Gutenberg

Lessons in Gravity: MockingHeart Review

My House First, No Sanctum, Water Aerobics: Nixes Mate Review

Boyed: Flash Special-Blue Fifth Review, Blue Five Notebook Series

The Girl Who Made Them: First Literary Review-East, May 2017

Lakeside Condo with View of 8th Hole and Sand Traps: Split Rock Review

Rain & Other Complaints: First Literary Review-East, March 2017

Ashokan Eaglets & Dusk: Upstater 

Advent, That Untended: MockingHeart Review

Winter Solstice, Lacuna, Eagle: Peacock Journal

from the bowl like mercy itself: Flash Frontier

The End of Night, How the Heart is Tuned, Mother’s Savasana: Peacock Journal 

Evidence: Gloom Cupboard 

(Outdated) An Antique Cafe: Chronogram

Anniversary: Postcard Poems and Prose

The Equality of Opposition: Soul-Lit.

What’s Underneath: Pioneertown

For No Reason at All: Wildness

The Stain of an Angel: Compass

Ode to B3, First Flight, Nested Light: Nine Mile Magazine


About the Author

~Photo by Dion Ogust 

Catherine Arra is a former high school English and writing teacher. Since leaving the classroom in 2012, her poetry and prose have appeared in numerous literary journals online and in print, and in several anthologies. She is the author of Her Landscape, Poems Based on the Life of Mileva Marić Einstein (Finishing Line Press, 2020), (Women in Parentheses) (Aldrich Press/Kelsay Books, 2019), Writing in the Ether (Dos Madres Press, 2018), and three chapbooks, Tales of Intrigue & Plumage (FutureCycle Press, 2017), Loving from the Backbone (Flutter Press, 2015), and Slamming & Splitting (Red Ochre Press, 2014). Arra is a native of the Hudson Valley in upstate New York, where she teaches part-time and facilitates local writing groups.


                  Catherine Arra:

Proudly created with WIX.COM