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Dear Friends &: Hopeton (Hope) Anderson, Wayde Compton, Samantha Marie Nock

Nov 2, 2023
  • Hopeton (Hope) Anderson
  • Wayde Compton
  • Samantha Marie Nock



7:30 p.m. (Doors at 7:00 p.m.)


Grand Luxe Hall, Western Front



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Western Front and The Capilano Review are pleased to invite you to the final event in our monthly reading series, Dear Friends &, for the season. Please join us for an evening of poetry by Hope Anderson, Wayde Compton, and Samantha Marie Nock.

The evening will be hosted by Deanna Fong.

About the Artists

Hopeton (Hope) Anderson is a writer and editor based in Victoria, Canada. He is the author of the poetry collection Slips From Grace (1987), and with David Phillips, a co-editor of the anthology of BC poets, The Body (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, and for two years, ran The Well—a community, art, and literary space in Victoria. A selection of his poems can also be found in the collection Make It True: Poetry from Cascadia (2015).

Hope Anderson wears black glasses and a black blazer over a navy blue turtleneck and sits in front of a grey studio backdrop.

Wayde Compton is the author of the poetry collections 49th Parallel Psalm (1999) and Performance Bond (2004), work of fiction The Outer Harbour (2014), and collected essays After Canaan: Essays on Race, Writing, and Region (2010). He also edited the anthology Bluesprint: Black British Columbian Literature and Orature (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. Nock 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.

Samantha Marie Nock wears round tortoise shell glasses, a silver septum piercing, and a blue and white patterned ruched peasant top. She is seated indoors, and a green Kit-Cat Klock can be seen hanging on the wall in the background.


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, events in the Grand Luxe Hall are made available virtually via high-quality livestream (see link above). Further details about accessibility at Western Front can be found here.


Produced in partnership with The Capilano Review and with support from Kootenay School of Writing.

Western Front is a non-profit
artist-run centre in Vancouver.

We acknowledge the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations as traditional owners of the land upon which Western Front stands.