Haley \‘hay-lee\, Heather n, trailblazing poet, author, musician and media artist Heather Haley pushes boundaries by creatively integrating disciplines, genres and media.


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Happy Year of the Horse! 2014 Update

Heather is working on a new collection of poetry and her novel, The Town Slut's Daughter is repesented by Drea Cohane of The Rights Factory in Toronto, who has placed the manuscript with a substantial number of editors and publishers. Stay tuned! 

Heather's poetry-music fusion act, AURAL Heather is presently on hiatus though last year she and her son produced a videopoem based upon Whore In the Eddy, a spoken word song from her CD Princess Nut. Recently, Heather reconnected with friend and associate, guitarist/producer Mark Deutrom, of Clown Alley and The Melvins. They have plans to collaborate in the near future. Plans are in the works also to produce a series of videopoems with renowed filmmaker Al Razutis.


Performance on Video and Poetry in Print

Heather performed at many events in 2013 including several launches for the FORCE Field/77 Women Poets of BC anthology.

She is also featured in the Spoken Word Workbook (Banff Centre Press) anthology with an essay called Sideways, along with bill bissett, Paul Dutton, Ian Ferrier, John Giorno, Bob Holman, Kaie Kellough, Billeh Nickerson, Robert Priest, Anne Waldman and many others.


Three Blocks West of Wonderland



"If you are a Rambling girl who wants to shirk and shake her motherland, read this jitters and jive guide to the other side of Canada and the world. Fads and fears take Air Canada wing (or Westjet’s). Sights seen turn into fables and metaphors, quirks of speech and character galore. As to the body of the language, the Canadian straightjacket lies like an old pair of stays on the stage in this diction strippers act. But there is a serious restlessness to Heather Haley's serial observations — in the tradition of that great Canadian traveller in poetry, Ralph Gustafson's: adagio notations, like his, on everything she sees and feels and musically reveals." — author, Vancouver's first Poet Laureate, George McWhirter

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"Haley's narrative-driven lyrical poems are emotionally raw and go down like a shot of whiskey. Haley has no trouble finding the beauty of life, just as she has no trouble pointing out the ugly truth. Every poem in Three Blocks West of Wonderland features humour, anger, passion, love, inquisition and a kick-in-the-pants tone. This book is best read at a casual pace, or more specifically, this whisky slinging, pickle juice-in-the-potato-salad, road kill, I-5 poetry is best read with a cool mug of lager. It'll put some hair on those balls...or grow you a set for that matter." -Poetry Is Dead Magazine.


Heather Haley with ex-husband Peter Haskell, who was killed in 2009

Beautiful Loser, Tortured Killer

How Two Veterans of the L.A. Punk Scene Wound Up on a Collision Course, Until Only One Was Left Standing

This article in the LA Weekly describes how, years after they separated, Heather's ex-husband was killed by her ex-boyfriend in Los Angeles, both *characters* in Heather's novel, The Town Slut's Daughter.  Read the article >





Sideways cover


"Brawny, uncompromising language from a voice that demands to be reckoned with."

Heather's first book of poetry, Sideways (published by Anvil Press) may be found in many fine bookstores — or go to the library and borrow it.

Sideways may be ordered online through, and


Purple Lipstick cover



Beyond Goth

Heather is headed to Haida Gwaii next month, honoured to participate in the Haida Gwaii Film Festival where two of her videopoems are to be screened; Bushwhack and Purple Lipstick, still garnering kudos having been an official selection at the VideoBardo 2nd International VideoPoetry Festival in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the 3rd Zebra International Poetry Film Festival in Berlin, Germany and the Women in Film Festival in Vancouver.

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