My first collection of poetry, Float and Scurry, will be launching in NOVEMBER 2019 and is available for pre-order.  For more details re: launch event particulars see below.


Frontier College Toronto

Sunday November 10Float and Scurry Launch

The event will be hosted by Stuart Ross, who was a fabulous, gentle mentor through this process, and I will be joined by fellow poets Andrea Thompson and Steve Venright. We will also have a couple of amazing musical guests, drinks and nibbles, and, of course, books for sale!

Here are the particulars:
WHEN: Sunday November 10, 6-9:30 pm
WHERE: Frontier College, 35 Jackes Ave. (St. Clair subway stop, wheelchair accessible)
WHAT: Readings and Music, all for FREE (but we suggest a donation to support Frontier College, a charity that does amazing literacy work!)
Lit Live

Sunday December 1Lit Live

The Staircase Theatre​, 27 Dundurn St. N., HAMILTON
7:30 pm

Pivot Reading Series

Thursday December 5Pivot Reading Series

Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave., TORONTO
7:15 pm

St Clair/Silverthorne Library

Tuesday February 11Boneshaker Reading Series

St. Clair/Silverthorn Library, 1748 St. Clair Ave. W, TORONTO
7 pm


CBC Books·Fall Book Preview
23 collections of Canadian poetry to watch for this fall

Heather Birrell's ambitions are thrown off by the surreal arrival of characters like Mr. T, Joni Mitchell, Fidel Castro and her mother in Float and Scurry, her debut poetry collection. The book explores the pursuit of writing, libraries, well-meaning friends and family and the death of the planet with humour and heart.


My poem “Snow Day Poem” won the hearts of readers to earn the Readers’ Choice award in Arc Magazine’s poem of the year!

Recently Published

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I recently wrote about the importance of physical books – and how the loss of many of those books in a school fire affected me and my students. You can find my thoughts here:


Back to School Yoga & Writing Retreat In Prince Edward County:
September 27-29th, 2019

I will be co-teaching a yoga and writing retreat with my sister Julie Birrell in September in beautiful Prince Edward County. Come join us – and learn more about my teaching philosophy.

"The Birrell sisters believe in making time and space for our messy, mysterious, creative selves. Come experience a weekend free of city noise, inhibition, and distraction. We'll eat great food, stretch our bodies, and stretch our writing muscles too.

This just might be the school of your dreams!"