Diana Hayes was born in Toronto in 1955 and has lived on both coasts of Canada.  She studied at the Universities of Victoria and British Columbia, receiving a B.A. and M.F.A. in Creative Writing.  Her published books include Two of Swords (co-editor), Moving Inland, The Classical Torso in 1980, The Choreography of Desire and Coming Home (anthology).  Her new and selected book of poems, This Is The Moon’s Work, was published by Mother Tongue Publishing in 2011.  Her play, Islomania: Sage of the Settlers, was produced by Salt of the Earth Productions and for the Salt Spring Festival of the Arts.  She is currently production manager for Salt Spring’s Theatre Alive.

Anthology "Coming Home"
At the book launch for “Coming Home”

For more than a decade, Diana Hayes has expanded her poetic vision into the realm of photographic dreamscapes and narratives.  Her photographs have been shown through the Vancouver Association of Photographic Arts and the Exposure Gallery, in the First and Second Annual Show of Salt Spring Photographers at ArtSpring 2001/2002, and in the annual Photosynthesis Shows at ArtSpring from 2002-2016.  A selection of her photographs was chosen for the Fine Arts 2004 Sooke Region Museum show.

Since 1981, she has made her home on Salt Spring Island where she divides her time between writing, photography, producing literary events and festivals, and when possible, travel.  In 2002, she founded the Salt Spring Seals, an open-water swim team that swims year-round in the bays around Salt Spring and the Gulf Islands.

Diana is a member of PhotoSynthesis