Date Added: 2007-10-26
Date Modified: 2008-03-11
Program Note #1
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Welcome to Gathering Voices
Up on chrwradio.com/talk/gatheringvoices Penn Kemp hosts this show of Lit.-On-Air... Robyn Israel is our producer at CHRW, 94.9 FM.
Program Note #1
Sounding the Radio. Lit.-On-Air! From sound poetry to sounder interviews, what a hoot!
Penn Kemp hosts "Gathering Voices", CHRW Talk Radio, every second Wednesday, at 6 pm and Thursday at 6:30 am, 94.9 FM in London, Ontario. Each show is archived on http://chrwradio.com/talk/gatheringvoices.
Our next interview is with Edeet Ravel, to be heard Nov. 7 at 6 pm on 94.9 FM and archived shortly thereafter. Poet Laureate John Steffler will be heard on Nov. 21, 6 pm. The interview will then be archived.
Two of Penn's creativity workshops from her book on writing, What Springs to Mind, are on line at http://chrwradio.com/talk/gatheringvoices. See also http://mytown.ca/whatspringstomind/. Her workshop, "What sparks your imagination? For Me It Was Foxes", is also up on http://mytown.ca/pendas/foxes/. The workshop is followed by a reading of "The Shadow". This poem by Penn is performed by Anne Anglin with Bill Gilliam, keyboard and Rick Sacks, percussion. "The Shadow" is from the Pendas CD, Sound Spoke, performed live at the Distillery Jazz Festival, Toronto.
The show called Helwa! includes Daniel Kolos's translation of Penn's"poem for peace in many voices" into hieroglyphics. Our feature is Helwa! (Beautiful!), a new sound opera from Pendas with Bill Gilliam, keyboard and Penn Kemp, text and vocals, mastered by John Magyar at PsychoSpace Sound Studios. Helwa! was developed from Penn's chapbook, Suite Ancient Egypt, up on www.mothertonguepress.com/kemp.html.
Interviews with Gil Adamson, Barry Callaghan and Lon Milo DuQuette can be heard on line now.
Upcoming interviews feature Frances Itani, Daphne Marlatt, Richard B. Wirght and several Poetry London readers, including Susan McCaslin, Christopher Dewdney and Stephanie Bolster.
Darkness Visible: a Sound Opera, now archived, features "Play us", from the CD (Pendas 2006), by Penn Kemp and Chris Meloche. "Play us" is a teaser for the gala premiere of Xtra Text/ure: A State of Play / State Your Play, which Chris and Penn performed on October 4 in London Hall at The University of Western Ontario. The McIntosh Gallery commissioned Xtra Text/ure for their international symposium, Playing the Gallery: the art of games". See http://www.playingthegallery.ca.
Poems from The Lunar Plexus: a Sound Opera are now archived on chrwradio.com/talk/gatheringvoices. Two pieces from the Sound Opera were part of Bill Gilliam's presentation during Nuit Blanche in Toronto.
Sarasvati Scapes: a Sound Opera, now archived, features two poets on pilgrimage to India. The piece includes music by Kiran Ahluwalia, translations by Ajmer Rode, text by Penn and Angela Hryniuk. Sound concept is by Bill Gilliam and mixing/editing by John Magyar.
Penn Kemp has published 25 books of poetry and drama, had six plays and ten CDs produced as well as Canada's first poetry CD-ROM. She creates Sound Operas on line and live: sample poems on http://www.mytown.ca/pendas/, http://www.pennkemp.ca and http://www.myspace.com/pennkemp. Series Editor for the Pendas Poets Series of book/cd combos, she was proclaimed one of the foremothers of Canadian poetry by the League of Canadian Poets.
Our producer Robyn Israel, is a London-based journalist, playwright and performer. She contributes regularly to ArtScape magazine, a monthly arts publication. She also teaches arts journalism at the University of Western Ontario. From 2000 to 2005 she was the arts and entertainment editor for the Palo Alto Weekly, a community newspaper in the San Francisco Bay Area. She wrote and performed a one-woman show at the 2007 London Fringe Festival, entitled "Jewish Girls Don't Kayak."
With thanks to Jessica Burgess, Spoken Word Director at CHRW, 94.9 FM, London ON.
Photo credit for the Gathering Voice turtle: Gloria Alvernaz Mulcahy.
All CDs are available from Pendas Productions, as is Penn's book on writing, What Springs to Mind.