Dear Friends &: A reading with D. M. Bradford, Danielle LaFrance, and Jane Shi

Image Credit: Extract from Roy Kiyooka, Transcanada Letters (Talonbooks, 1975).

Thursday, July 6 2023
Doors at 7 pm / Readings at 7:30 pm
Free admission

In-person at Western Front (RSVP here)
Virtual attendance by livestream (Watch here)

Dear Friends, 

The Capilano Review and Western Front are pleased to invite you to the third event in our monthly reading series, Dear Friends &. Please join us at 7:30 pm on Thursday, July 6th, 2023 at Western Front for an evening of poetry by D.M. Bradford, Danielle LaFrance, and Jane Shi. The evening will be hosted by Deanna Fong.

Admission is free, but registration is required for in-person attendance. The event will also be available to virtual audiences by livestream

Special thanks to Western Front for collaborating with us on this series and to the Kootenay School of Writing for its additional support. 

We can’t wait to see you, 

The Capilano Review

Readers’ Biographies

Darby Minott Bradford is a poet and translator based in Tio’tia:ke (Montréal). He is the author of Dream of No One but Myself (Brick Books, 2021), which won the A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry and was a finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize and Governor General’s Literary Awards. Bottom Rail on Top, their second book, will be published on September 1, 2023.

Danielle LaFrance is a writer of the poetry-research-theory books #postdildo (Talonbooks, 2022), JUST LIKE I LIKE IT (Talonbooks, 2019), Friendly + Fire (Talonbooks, 2016), and species branding (Capilano University Editions, 2010). Other poetry and critical writing have appeared in such magazines and journals as ASAP/Journal, The Capilano Review, LESTE, Tripwire, and Organism for Poetic Research. The intertextual sound project Yes, Sydo (with Josh Rose) has recently commenced with a reading + listening group, which invites all to collectively critique the cultural significance of Homer’s Odyssey as it is intervened by other texts and sounds and presently unfolding contexts. 

Jane Shi lives on the occupied territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlil̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations. She is the author of the chapbook Leaving Chang’e on Read (Rahila’s Ghost, 2022). Her debut poetry collection, echolalia echolalia, comes out Fall 2024 with Brick Books.

COVID-19 Safety

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we strongly encourage the use of masks at this event. Masks will be available free-of-charge at the venue for anyone who would like one. The windows of the Grand Luxe Hall will also be open for this event.


The Grand Luxe Hall is located on the second floor of Western Front, which is accessed by a flight of 26 stairs. While plans for a full building upgrade to facilitate access for wheelchair and scooter users are still underway, all events in the Luxe are made available virtually via high-quality livestream (see link above). Further details about accessibility at Western Front can be found here. Please feel free to contact Western Front directly at or +1 (604) 876-9343 for specific access requests in advance of your visit. We are grateful for your patience as we work towards securing the long-term accessibility of this historic space.

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