Dear Friends &: A reading with Hopeton (Hope) Anderson, Wayde Compton, and Samantha Marie Nock

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

Dear Friends &:
A reading with Hopeton (Hope) Anderson, Wayde Compton, and Samantha Marie Nock

Thursday, November 2, 2023

Doors at 7 pm / Readings at 7:30 pm

Free Admission

In-person at Western Front (RSVP on Eventbrite here)

Virtual attendance by livestream (link here)

Dear Friends, 

The Capilano Review and Western Front are pleased to invite you to the final Dear Friends & reading event of the season. Please join us at 7:30 pm on Thursday, November 2nd, 2023 at Western Front for an evening of poetry by Hopeton (Hope) Anderson, Wayde Compton, and Samantha Marie Nock. 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

Hope Anderson is a writer and editor based in Victoria, Canada. He is the author of the poetry collection Slips From Grace (Coach House Press, 1987), and with David Phillips, a co-editor of the anthology of BC poets, The Body (Tatlow House, 1979). For twenty-one years, Anderson was the Director of Ancillary Services and co-editor of The Florida Memorial Academic Review at Florida Memorial University. Upon returning to Victoria in 2010, Anderson ran The Well – a community, art, and literary space on Fort Street. A selection of his poems can also be found in the collection Make It True: Poetry from Cascadia (Leaf Press, 2015).

Wayde Compton is the author of the poetry collections 49th Parallel Psalm (Arsenal Pulp, 1999) and Performance Bond (Arsenal Pulp, 2004), work of fiction The Outer Harbour (Arsenal Pulp, 2014), and collected essays After Canaan: Essays on Race, Writing, and Region (Arsenal Pulp, 2010). He also edited the anthology Bluesprint: Black British Columbian Literature and Orature (Arsenal Pulp, 2002).  His forthcoming book, Anti-Racist Poetics, will be released with the University of Alberta Press in 2024. He teaches Creative Writing at Douglas College in BC.

Samantha Marie Nock is a Cree-Métis writer and poet originally from Treaty 8 Territory in the Peace Region of northeast British Columbia. Her family is originally from sâkitawâhk ᓵᑭᑕᐚᕽ (Île-à-la-Crosse), Saskatchewan. Samantha currently resides on unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and səlilwətaɬ Lands in so-called Vancouver. She has had works published in Maisonneuve, Vice, Prism International, and Best Canadian Poetry, among others. You can find her on Twitter @sammymarie and Instagram @2broke4bingo.

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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