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Coffee Coma: Poems & Photos about Our Love Affair & Life with Coffee
poems and photographs by Sheree K. Nielsen

Winner of the Royal Dragonfly Book Award 2021

Honorable Mention in POETRY

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Like a good friend, coffee is always around no matter the weather, situation, or location. Whether it’s latte with friends at a café, a cappuccino on the front porch during a misty rain, or a mug of Americano in hand while admiring the sunrise, coffee positively affects our lives in so many ways. Come along with Sheree K. Nielsen as she shares her love affair and life with coffee through poems and photographs that will warm your heart and arouse your appetite. Also included—Sheree’s list of her favorite coffeehouses around the country.

COOKING / Beverages / Coffee & Tea
POETRY / General

ISBN: 978-1-951651-96-1 (print; softcover; perfect bound)

LCCN: 2021942416

Released August 2021; Copyright 2019

106 pages  |  80 full-color images




Sheree K. Nielsen believes that every picture tells a story, combining her love of photography and writing with colorful visual descriptions and healing messages found in her poetry, coffee table books, essay collections, and children’s books. She finds inspiration in travel, nature, pets, and food . . . especially coffee! As a survivor of Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia lymphoma, she believes in cherishing every minute of life.

Sheree is author/photographer/poet of 2019 Royal Dragonfly Book Award Winner Mondays in October (love songs for the beach), having received First Place in Poetry, Fine Art and Photography and Honorable Mention for Coffee Table Books. She is also the 2015 Da Vinci Eye Award Winner for Folly Beach Dances (inspired by the sea and her lymphoma journey), the Chanticleer Little Peeps First Place Category Winner and Montaigne Medal Finalist in 2019 for Midnight the One-Eyed Cat (a picture book with co-author Pat Wahler), and the Chanticleer 2019 Finalist for Ocean Rhythms Kindred Spirits—An Emerson-Inspired Essay Collection on Travel, Nature, Family and Pets. Her other works are well represented in many travel magazines and publications.

When not writing about her love for coffee in Coffee Coma, she’s discovering new beaches and cafés with her goofy dogs and patient husband. Five content cats complete her family.


“One of our passions in relation to coffee is travel and diversity. From origin to beverage, the journey and experiences along the way are the essence of the beverage we consume. Sheree's book, Coffee Coma, captures just that, bringing to life the variety of coffee expressions, creativity, and stories. She has allowed us to travel and discover with her each phrase and photo. Her book is an expression of the love and connectedness of coffee that is not easily captured.”
—Sarah Runk, Co-owner, Course Coffee Roasters

“Sheree's book teaches you in a beautiful and artful way, from the comfort of your favorite cafe, sipping a lovely executed latte, what took me eight years of coffee knowledge to build. The art and science of coffee is just now being shared in Coffee Coma. Please enjoy Sheree's poems and photos, then head straight to your favorite shop, order a coffee, and use the experiences and wisdom you've gained from this book.”
—Conor Van Buskirk, Owner, Upshot Coffee and Upshot Coffee Brake Shop

Coffee Coma is a delightful parallel of the various daily aspects of life alongside a cup of coffee and all the joys the two render. Sheree fiercely draws you into a longing for a fresh cup while helping your mind's eye envision the beauty of a life simply lived. This compilation of poems and photographs will speak appreciation, laughter, and conversation into your next coffee date.”
—Tracy Smith, Owner, Long Row Lavender 

Articles and Reviews


Wentzville poet writes book about her love and life with coffee, Newstime, October 16, 2021

“Combining and matching poetry with photographic images, Coffee Coma is a delight to browse through—especially with a good cup of coffee at hand. Coffee Coma is especially and unreservedly recommended for community library collections in general, and the personal reading lists of all coffee fans in particular.”
—Margaret Lane, Midwest Book Review

A Writer Shares Her Love of Coffee in a New Photo-Lyrical Book, Writing and Wellness, October 13, 2021

Wandering for Good Coffee, Travel Artists Hub


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