The Siren of Howe Sound, trailblazing poet, author, musician and media artist Heather Haley pushes boundaries by creatively integrating disciplines, genres and media. Published in numerous journals, anthologies and collections Sideways (Anvil Press), and Three Blocks West of Wonderland (Ekstasis Editions), her work has been described as “a highly fueled poetic ride; fierce, racy, full of stiletto irony and verve, yet rife with sensitivity.” She was an editor for the LA Weekly, publisher of Rattler and the Edgewise Cafe, one of Canada's first electronic literary magazines. Architect of the Edgewise ElectroLit Centre, the Vancouver Videopoem Festival and Visible Verse at Pacific Cinémathèque, her own works have been official selections at dozens of international film festivals. Haley has gained renown as an engaging performer, sharing her poetry and music with audiences around the world. Most recently she toured eastern Canada and the U.S. in support of her critically acclaimed AURAL Heather CD of spoken word songs, Princess Nut.
Heather Haley videopoems:
"Dying for the Pleasure," Haley’s first videopoem—which she defines as wedding of word and image—premiered in 2003, screening at many festivals including the International ArtExpo in Milan, the National Centre for Contemporary Arts in Kalingrad and the Gene Siskal Film Centre/Chicago Art Institute. Her latest videopoem, "Purple Lipstick" garners kudos internationally, an official selection at VideoBardo in Buenos Aires, the 3rd Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin and Women in Film in Vancouver where she was a guest speaker on a panel discussing the hybrid genre. Purple Lipstick also screened at Commfest, Wildsound, Female Eye in Toronto, Northwest Projections and Reel to Real in Seattle, the Vibgyor Short and Documentary Film Festival in Kerala, India, New Filmmakers in New York City, FemFest in Zagreb, Pause & Play International Film Festival—United Arab Emirates, Electric Rats Dream Video Dreams in Celje, Slovenia, the NoBudget Film & Video Festival in Heilbronn, Germany, Festival Miden, Kelemata, Greece and the European Media Arts Festival in Osnabrück, Germany out of 2000 entries.