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Leanne Dunic

Leanne Dunic is a multidisciplinary artist, musician and writer. Dunic was born in Canada to parents with Chinese and Croatian ancestry. Dunic’s published writings include poetry, fiction and non-fiction. She was the 2015 winner of the Alice Munro Short Story Contest She has published a few chapbooks including Accretion (Onzieme Press, 2012), Swimming Sense (Leaf Press) and  Day After Day (Bitterzoet Press, 2014). To Love the Coming End is her first full-length collection. Dunic is a singer/guitarist with the band The Deep Cove. Dunic lives on the unceded and occupied Traditional Territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ peoples in what some call Vancouver..


One and Half of You

Vancouver: Talonbooks, 2021.

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

One and Half of You is a memoir that begins with the author’s growing up biracial on rural Vancouver Island. Not fitting in at school, she turns for comfort to her brother, who is in many ways the opposite of her. Only when she moves from the Island to the mainland does she meet another like her. Through sinuous language, risk, and surprising humour, this hybrid work explores sibling and romantic love, and the complexities of being a biracial person looking for completion in another. Includes links to recordings of three songs.


To Love the Coming End

Toronto: BookThug, 2017.
PS8607.U535 T65 2017

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

In To Love the Coming End, a disillusioned author obsessed with natural disasters and ‘the curse of 11’ reflects on their own personal earthquake: the loss of a loved one. A lyric travelogue that moves between Singapore, Canada, and Japan, this debut from Leanne Dunic captures what it’s like to be united while simultaneously separated from the global experience of trauma, history, and loss that colour our everyday lives.



Vancouver: Talonbooks, 2024.

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

In Wet, a transient Chinese American model working in Singapore thirsts for the unattainable: fair labour rights, the extinguishing of nearby forest fires, breathable air, healthy habitats for animals, human connection. She navigates place and placelessness while observing other migrant workers toiling outdoors despite the hazardous conditions. In photographs and language shot through with empathy and desire, Wet unravels complexities of social stratification, sexual privation, and environmental catastrophe.

Mixed Forms

The Gift: A Story and Music

Leanne Dunic & The Deep Cove.
Illustrations by Gabrielle Bates.
Toronto: Book*hug Press, 2019.

Limited edition of 500 copies.

Description (From the Publisher’s website)

The Gift contains a short story by Leanne Dunic and lyrics she wrote for a companion album of the same name by The Deep Cove.


Leanne Dunic’s personal website

Publisher Book*hug Press

Publisher Talonbooks