Heather Haley is a Vancouver writer, singer and videopoetry pioneer. A member of the punk band, the 45s, and the originator of the all-female group, the Zellots, Haley’s edgy style stems, in part, from her days in the 80s Hollywood underground music scene.
Known for pushing boundaries by creatively integrating disciplines, genres and media, Haley published The Edgewise Café, one of Canada’s first electronic literary magazines, and ran Visible Verse, a videopoem festival, producing her own critically acclaimed videos Purple Lipstick and Dying for the Pleasure.
Called one of Canada’s “national treasures,” she is the author of poetry collections: Sideways, Three Blocks West of Wonderland, Skookum Raven and a novel, The Town Slut’s Daughter. As AURAL Heather, with Roderick Shoolbraid, she released spoken word CDs, Princess Nut and Surfing Season. Her work has toured Canada, the US and Europe and appeared in a wide range of periodicals and anthologies, including A Verse Map of Vancouver.
Haley currently performs in the indie folk duo The Pluviophiles with Keir Nicoll. Committed to honesty, feeling, craft and a sense of the absurd, she continues to ask all the tough questions “a nice girl’s not supposed to ask.”