Vancouver poet, author, musician, and media artist Heather Haley curates and hosts Visible Verse, Pacific Cinémathèque’s annual celebration of video poems (also known as poetry film or cine-poetry), the hybrid creative form that integrates verse with media-art visuals produced by a camera or a computer. Visible Verse, which celebrated its 10th year at Pacific Cinémathèque last year, has become the sustaining event for artistically significant poetry video and film in North America. It has always featured a strong component of B.C. and Canadian work; it now attracts more international submissions than ever before. This year’s wide-ranging program showcases more than 35 short films and videos from Canada, the U.S., Europe, and Asia.
Heather Haley is a Vancouver poet, author, musician, and artist who pushes boundaries by creating across disciplines, genres, and media. She is the author the poetry collections Sideways (2003) and Three Blocks West of Wonderland (2009), director of the video poems Dying for the Pleasure (2003) and Purple Lipstick (2006), and as a musical artist has released a CD of spoken-word songs, Princess Nut (2008). Her poetry has been published in numerous journals and anthologies, her video poems have screened at many international film festivals, and she has performed her poetry and music around the world.