Dear Friends &: A reading with Elisa Ferrari, River Halen, and Kaie Kellough

Image Credit: Jonathan Alfaro, Jungle Cactus, monotype, 20.3 cm x 24.4 cm, 2024. From the series Daylight Lover. Image courtesy of the artist.

Thursday, July 4, 2024

Doors at 7pm / Readings at 7:30pm

Free Admission

In-person at Western Front (click here to register)

Virtual attendance by livestream (click here for link)

Dear Friends, 

The Capilano Review and Western Front are pleased to invite you to the next event in our monthly reading series, Dear Friends &. Please join us at 7 pm on Thursday, July 4th, 2024 at Western Front for an evening of poetry by Elisa Ferrari, River Halen, and Kaie Kellough. 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 and the BC Arts Council for their generous support of this program.

We can’t wait to see you, 

The Capilano Review

Readers’ Biographies

Elisa Ferrari is an artist who works with sound, performance, and writing. Her practice and collaborations are concerned with memory formations, idleness, sonic sediments, translingual ecologies, somatic inquiries, and the infrasonic. She hosts aux-sends—a quarterly radio series about experimental music, sound, and poetics—on Vancouver Co-op Radio. She occasionally curates exhibitions and sound events. She lives as an uninvited guest on unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh territories and in Brescia, Italy, where she grew up. 

River Halen is a writer, editor, and educator based in Tio’tia:ke/Mooniyang (Montréal, Canada). Their poems and essays have dealt with relation, ecology, transformation, and sexuality. Their most recent book, Dream Rooms, a collection of essays and poems, was shortlisted for the A.M. Klein Prize and selected by Renee Gladman for Artforum Magazine as a top-ten pick of the year. Halen is an acquiring editor for Brick Books and has taught sessionally in the Toronto Metropolitan University publishing program.  

Kaie Kellough is a poet, fiction writer, and sound performer based in Montréal, Canada. His work emerges at a crossroads of social engagement and formal experiment. His long poem Magnetic Equator (McClelland and Stewart, 2019), won the 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize. His solo and group sound performances have toured internationally, and he is a vocalist for FYEAR, a nonet whose debut was released in 2024 with Constellation Records.


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.

COVID-19 Safety

Masks are optional but encouraged 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.

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