Dear Friends &: A reading with Leanne Dunic, Cristina Holman, and Dallas Hunt

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

Thursday, June 1, 2023
Doors at 7 pm / Readings at 7:30 pm
Free admission

Watch the video on our YouTube here.

The Capilano Review and Western Front are pleased to invite you to the second event in our new monthly reading series, Dear Friends &. Please join us at 7:30 pm on Thursday, June 1st, 2023 at Western Front for an evening of poetry by Leanne Dunic, Cristina Holman, and Dallas Hunt.

The evening will be hosted by Jacquelyn Zong-Li Ross and Kiel Torres.

Doors at 7 pm, readings at 7:30 pm.

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

Special thanks to the Kootenay School of Writing for its additional support.

Readers Biographies

Leanne Dunic is the fiction editor at Tahoma Literary Review and the leader of the band The Deep Cove. Her book of lyric prose and photographs, Wet, is forthcoming with Talonbooks in 2024. Leanne lives on the unceded and occupied traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

Cristina Holman lives and writes on the unceded territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm, Sḵwxw̱ú7mesh, and səlilwətaɬ. She was a participant in the 2017/18 Artspeak Studio for Emerging Writers and the 2022 Banff Centre Spring Writer’s Retreat. Her debut chapbook, published with Artspeak Gallery in 2018, is titled Stop Wincing/We’re Fine and her second chapbook, Repeater, was published in 2021 by Zed Press. Her work can be found in Bad Nudes and Poetry is Dead. She is writing a full-length collection called Glaze.

Dallas Hunt is Cree and a member of Wapsewsipi (Swan River First Nation) in Treaty Eight territory in northern Alberta. He has had creative work published in Contemporary Verse 2, Prairie Fire, PRISM International, and Arc Poetry. His first children’s book, Awâsis and the World-famous Bannock, was published through Highwater Press in 2018, and was nominated for several awards. Hunt is an assistant professor of Indigenous literatures at the University of British Columbia.

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.


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

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