The Tōhoku earthquake was on March 11, 2011. I see how the number 11 is drawn to remembrance and trauma. There’s 9/11 for New York City. 9/11 was also the day of the Chilean coup in 1973. Remembrance Day in Canada is November 11, and we have our moment of silence at 11 a.m. I kept notes about all of these things that were related to 11….and I started seeing these threads of connection.”

Leanne Dunic is a multidisciplinary artist, musician, and writer. Her work has won several honours, including the Alice Munro Short Story Contest, and has appeared in publications in Canada and abroad. Leanne is the Artistic Director of the Powell Street Festival Society, a Japanese Canadian arts and culture celebration, and is the singer/guitarist of The Deep Cove.

Her debut book, To Love the Coming End, is a lyric-prose travelogue that moves between Singapore, Canada, and Japan, focussing on a disillusioned author obsessed with natural disasters, ‘the curse of 11’, and the loss of a loved one. Author Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang described it as “elegant and spare, Dunic’s elegiac writing touches on grief that is both personal and societal. She reminds us that no love is wasted.”

Leanne lives in Vancouver.

Appearing in: 43. Wine, Women, and Words