I’m a writer and editor and occasional instructor. I write poems, reviews, and sometimes fiction. On and off, for over a decade, I’ve served as a volunteer working with incarcerated men in local prisons. I hope you’ll find what you’re looking for when you’re here.
One of my favourite films, Harold and Maude, turned 50 in December of 2021. To celebrate, I decided to write a book about it.
But I’m not the only one wanting to talk about it. Here are a couple of conversations to date,
From NPR Wisconsin’s ‘Beta’ program, an interview with Doug Gordon.
From the Star a very fun piece by Sue Carter.
And from the Vancouver Sun, another conversation, this one conducted by Dana Gee.
READINGS AND PRESENTATIONS
CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
Join fifteen poets (including Heidi) from across Canada for a reading that celebrates the accomplishments and challenges of women. This online event takes place on March 8, 2024, 5pm Pacific Time, 8pm Eastern Time. Register at Eventbrite.
CELEBRATE NATIONAL POETRY MONTH
This online event brings together a gathering of up-and-coming emerging poets (and their mentors) from across Canada. Saturday, April 13th, 2024, 4pm Pacific Time, 7pm Eastern Time. Link for the Zoom registration will be posted as the date gets nearer.
“COMPOSED: A FESTIVAL OF POETRY AND WRITING”
A day-long live celebration, sponsored by the Delta Literary Arts Society. Events include a panel discussion that includes Heidi as one of the presenters who consider “Whether the Weather”, a session led by poet and activist Daniela Elza. Among other celebrations throughout the day will be the awarding of cash prizes to winners of this year’s poetry contest. Saturday, April 20th, North Delta Centre for the Arts, 11425 – 84th Avenue, Delta, BC, 10am to 8pm. Free.
(Past events available online):
AN EVENT FROM THE WORD VANCOUVER FESTIVAL
“Cult Films Across the Generations” — A conversation between Heidi and Kat Montagu of the Vancouver Film School about Cult Films — with a focus on Harold and Maude. To view a recording of this hour-long conversation, click here.
A PODCAST CONVERSATION WITH CATHERINE OWEN
Part of Ms. Lyric’s Poetry Outlaws series, in which two poets meet up at a restaurant patio and do their best to converse despite the nearby SkyTrain and other noisy distractions. Plenty of food for thought along with plenty of laughing (19 minutes). Click here to listen. .
A BOOK LAUNCH AND A CONVERSATION (FROM MARCH 18)
Semiahmoo Arts hosted a virtual event to celebrate Heidi’s newest book, Glorious Birds: A Celebratory Homage to ‘Harold and Maude’ .
Sponsored by The Writers’ Union of Canada, this virtual, free event remains available online at the arts council’s YouTube site. Click here to view it.
PERIODICITIES: A JOURNAL OF ONLINE READINGS
Hosted by Rob McLennan, this blog features a series of readings by poets from across North America. This session features Heidi along with Ken Belford, Kim Goldberg, Bill Neumire and Christina Thatcher. Here’s a link to the event, #18 in rob’s series. Periodicity Journal
A CONVERSATION ABOUT WRITING
Sponsored by the BCTLA (British Columbia Teacher-Librarians’ Association), Heidi reads excerpts from Flightpaths: The Lost Journals of Amelia Earhart and talks about inspiration. Just over six minutes, it’s on YouTube.