Lee Cataldi was born in Sydney during World War II when, owing to her Italian heritage, she was technically an 'enemy alien'. As a child she lived in Hobart, moving back to Sydney for university. Cataldi has worked as a teacher and a linguist, on Indigenous Australian languages in Halls Creek, Alice Springs and Balgo. In the late sixties she travelled to Italy and England where she became a socialist, inspired by the 68 May uprising in France.
Cataldi's first book of poems, Invitation to a Marxist lesbian party, was published in 1978, winning the Anne Elder Memorial Prize in that year. Women who live on the ground (1990) received the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Poetry Award; it was also short-listed for the NWS Literary Prizes. Race against time (1998) won the 1999 Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry. In 1998 Cataldi travelled to Madras, India, for an Asialink Literature Residency. She currently lives in South Australia.
- Invitation to a Marxist lesbian party, Wild & Woolley, 1978.
- Women who live on the ground: Poems, 1978-1988, Penguin Australia, 1990.
- Race against time: Poems, Penguin Australia, 1998.
- Warlpiri Dreamings and Histories: Newly Recorded Stories from the Aboriginal Elders of Central Australia. Coll. and trans. with Peggy Rockman Napaljarri, Schwartz, 2003. ISBN 0-7619-8992-7
- Spurr, Barry 1994. The poetry of Lee Cataldi. ISBN 0-646-17733-8
- 6 poems at Thylazine
- "Lee Cataldi (1942 - )". Thylazine. Archived from the original on 2006-10-04. Retrieved 2007-03-11.
- "1990 Human Rights Medal and Awards". Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. Retrieved 2007-03-11.
- "Literature Past Residents - India". Asialink (University of Melbourne). 2006-11-24. Retrieved 2007-03-11.[dead link]