Architect of the Edgewise ElectroLit Centre and the Vancouver Videopoem Festival, Heather Haley pushes boundaries by creating across disciplines and media, as a poet, author, performer and director. Dying for the Pleasure, her first videopoem-which she defines as wedding of word and image-premiered at Pacific Cinémathèque in 2003. It was subsequently screened at the International ArtExpo in Milan, the National Centre for Contemporary Arts in Kalingrad and the Gene Siskal Film Centre/Chicago Art Institute.
Completed in July 2006, Purple Lipstick is quickly garnering kudos, having been selected by VideoBardo 2nd International VideoPoetry Festival in Buenos Aires, Argentina and the 3rd Zebra International Poetry Film Festival in Berlin, Germany (from over 600 entries.) It has also screened at Commfest and the Female Eye in Toronto, and Northwest Projections and Reel to Real in Seattle.
Heather Haley's life has shifted modes through the years, from performing in the post-punk underground and spoken word scenes to writing and childrearing. She hosts and curates See The Voice: Visible Verse, North America's sustaining venue for artistically significant poetry film and video, while developing her own works. Anvil Press published Sideways, a collection of verse, in 2003. Surfing Season, an audio CD of song and spoken word, was released in 2004. The Vancouver Review published Window Seat in their September issue, title poem of her new book, due in the spring. She will also launch Two Redheads, a podcast, and a new cd, Princess Nut, both produced by composer/sound designer, Roderick Shoolbraid.
One of Haley's primary goals is to find and/or establish niche marketing and distribution for media poetry, in all its guises.