The Shebeen Club August Meeting: Heather Haley’s Three Blocks West of Wonderland

Heather Haley says SIGN UP NOW! or something much more poetical-like

Heather Haley says SIGN UP NOW, BITCHES! or actually something much more poetical-like

Who: Us and the Siren of Howe Sound, Heather Haley

What: A night of multimedia delights celebrating the recent publication of Three Blocks West of Wonderland.

When: Monday, August 16, from 7pm-9pm

Where: The Shebeen, behind the Irish Heather, 212 Carrall Street

As always, $20 buys you dinner and a drink and some of the finest literary company this city has to offer. No RSVP is required, but it’s appreciated so we have a rough idea of whether we need to reserve the snug or to lay in crowd control! Click here to RSVP on Facebook.

Join us as we celebrate the release of Heather Haley’s latest book of poetry, Three Blocks West of Wonderland. Heather is both the digital AND actual troubadour of the West Coast, from Bowen Island to Venice Beach, and for the first time she’ll be bringing her multimedia performance experience to the Shebeen Club. There will be poetry. There will be prose. There will be beauty. There may be song. And there WILL be videopoems, a dynamic new genre that seems to have sprung fully formed from the forehead of the Siren of Howe Sound herself.

We’re very proud to help celebrate a pivotal local literatus’s latest launch! And that’s my allotment of “L’s” for the week right there.

Poet, author, musician and media artist Heather Haley pushes boundaries by creatively integrating disciplines, genres and media. Published in numerous journals and anthologies including Geist and The Verse Map of Vancouver, her poetry collections Sideways (Anvil Press) and Three Blocks West of Wonderland (Ekstasis Editions) have been described as “supple and unusual,” “brawny and uncompromising.”


Heather Haley  POET  AUTHOR  MUSICIAN   MEDIA ARTIST

* ONLINE: http://www.heatherhaley.com
* Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HeatherSusanHaley
* Twitter: http://twitter.com/HeatherHaley
* ON PAPER: Sideways,Three Blocks West of Wonderland http://www.ekstasiseditions.com
* ON DISC: Surfing Season and Princess Nut  by AURAL Heather on RPW Records @ CD Baby, iTunes
* ON SCREEN: videopoems Dying for the Pleasure, Purple Lipstick, How To Remain
* ON STAGE: “Unique, sublime fusion of song and spoken word.”-ZULA Presents

Three Blocks West of Wonderland; what does it LOOK like?

Three Blocks West of Wonderland; what does it LOOK like?

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The Devil You Know

The Devil You Know, by Jenn Farrell

The Devil You Know, by Jenn Farrell

Last Saturday I was at the Vancouver launch of Heather Haley’s newest book, Three Blocks West of Wonderland, which was quite the event: electronically modified cello sounds, cafe poetry from Acme to Waazuubee, and a reading by JennFarrell were all on the menu, not to mention the world premiere of two of Heather’s videopoems and enough of her great poetry readings to make an encore compulsory.

I’m a staunch Heather Haley fan, but I have to single out Jenn Farrell here, for two reasons: one, her reading was, as I said to her that night, “stone cold awesome,” and two, she’s having a book launch of her own this Thursday at the Railway Club and it features my favorite thing: fancy dress!

We hope to see you all the launch of Jenn Farrell’s new collection of short stories THE DEVIL YOU KNOW this Thursday at 7pm at the Railway Club (back room).

You are encouraged to don your most wicked attire (devil horns, pointed tails, fiery red). We’ll have some sinister sartorial supplies on hand to help you get in on the devil-y revelry.

Reading and signing by Jenn Farrell. Books available for $16 CDN (cash at event). You can also pick up a copy (or another copy) of Sugar Bush & Other Stories. Beautiful books, searing fiction, moderate evil!

Pass it on!

Thursday · 7:00pm – 11:00pm
Location The Railway Club (Back Room)*
579 Dunsmuir Street
Vancouver, BC

Full event details/RSVP here:
http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=135556533131233&index=1

Be there or be a diagonally congruent rectangular object.

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Three Blocks West of Wonderland is Released!

Heather Haley is one of BC’s poetical treasures. Here’s the info about her new book Three Blocks West of Wonderland (which I plain swiped off Facebook).

Three Blocks West of Wonderland

Three Blocks West of Wonderland

You can also download the Three Blocks West of Wonderland MP3

Haley’s poetry shakes and stirs, knocks and shocks

Heather Susan Haley, Three Blocks West of Wonderland, Ekstasis Editions

Vancouver, BC, Dec. 7, 2009 —Trailblazing poet, author, musician and media artist Heather Susan Haley’s new book, Three Blocks West of Wonderland, has hit the streets just in time for the holidays.

“Fierce, racy, full of stiletto irony, verve — yet rife with sensitivity. Three Blocks West of Wonderland is a highly fuelled poetic ride. Her LA, southern B.C. coast, energy-haunted world draws you electrically in and does not let you go. Like the subject of one of the elegies in this collection, Haley stirs, provokes the atmosphere.” – Author Russell Thornton,The Human Shore, House Built of Rain, Harbour Publishing.

Haley has been actively involved in her art for over a decade and has gained renown as an engaging performer and media artist; she is the author of a previous collection, Sideways (Anvil Press), Haley’s poetry has been selected for inclusion in numerous prestigious journals and anthologies including last year’s Verse Map of Vancouver.

Haley has been an editor for LA Weekly and publisher of Rattler and the Edgewise Café, one of Canada’s first electronic literary magazines. Founder of the Edgewise ElectroLit Centre and the Vancouver Videopoem Festival, her works have been official selections at dozens of international film festivals and she has shared 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.

Much of Three Blocks West of Wonderland was written during her stint as artist in residence at the Banff Arts Centre and features place and travel poems alluding to post 9/11 angst and guilt here in our ‘safe’ zone.

Poet Laureate George McWhirter: “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 stripper’s 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 Allan Briesmaster: “Rambunctious, relentlessly witty, visceral and vital, these poems move like a tilt-a-whirl and rollercoaster combined. Haley’s gallery of warts-and-all character studies and her portfolio of no-holds-barred travelogues bustle and bristle with forceful gestures, jolting details, and electric perceptions. Through them all, an indomitable spirit emerges: one that has taken its share of knocks and shocks and boldly prevails.”

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For an interview with Heather Haley, please contact:

Heather Susan Haley
604-947-9386 • hshaley@emspace.com
http://www.heatherhaley.com

Order directly from the publisher at http://www.ekstasiseditions.com

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