Dear Friends &: A reading with Francesca Bennett, Yoon Sook Cha, and Zoe Imani Sharpe

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

Thursday, June 6, 2024

Doors at 7 pm / Readings at 7:30 pm

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 first event in our monthly reading series, Dear Friends &. Please join us at 7 pm on Thursday, June 6th, 2024 at Western Front for an evening of poetry by Francesca Bennett, Yoon Sook Cha, and Zoe Imani Sharpe. The evening will be hosted by Jacquelyn Zong-Li Ross and Kiel Torres. 

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

Francesca Bennett is a writer based in Vancouver. She is co-host, with Ratna Dhaliwal, of sleep and her brother death, a twice-monthly bootleg screening series from bed, and she is working on OHCE-ECHO, a fifty-five-square-foot project space at 1469 Venables. Her text about Woojae Kim’s exhibition at dreams comma delta was the recipient of the 2023 C New Critics Award. 

Yoon Sook Cha is a writer and photographer working on the unceded and ancestral territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and səlilwətaɬ peoples. She received her PhD from the Department of Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Program for Structured Liberal Education at Stanford University and an artist at the Winter Writers Residency 2023 at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Her published work includes Decreation and the Ethical Bind: Simone Weil and the Claim of the Other (Fordham University Press, 2017). She is currently working on “Grief Cycles I, II, III,” a hybrid text and installation that utilizes poetry, sound installation, and photography to inscribe and reiterate subjects of grief at the site of their erasure. 

Zoe Imani Sharpe is a poet, editor, teacher and workshop-maker based in Toronto, Canada. Her writing embraces desire and intuition, the sensuality of aesthetics, lineage, loss and mourning, women’s labour and practices of vitality. Her recent collaborations include an exploration of “life writing” called Bout That Life (Gallery TPW), a workshop gathering disparate citational materials; WhAt She SAid: Promiscuous References & Disobedient Care (Contingencies of Care, OCADU), and the intersubjective text Power, Baby! (with Claire Freeman-Fawcett). She was the 2023 Poet-In-Residence at Gallery TPW. You can find her recent work in YYZ Artists’ Outlet, carteblanche and Best Canadian Poetry 2021.

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.

Accessibility 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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