Date Added: 2005-03-12
Date Modified: 2016-06-14
Photo by Charles Earl
Celebrating SUMMER 2016, Year of the Monkey!
FIFTY YEARS of Writing and Publishing Poetry and Plays…
About Penn Kemp
Activist poet, performer and playwright, Penn Kemp, M.Ed., is a League of Canadian Poets Life Member and winner of their 2015 Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Spoken Word Artist of the Year award. She is the inaugural Poet Laureate for London Ontario, with twenty-six books of poetry and drama published; six plays and ten CDs produced as well as award-winning videopoems. As Writer-in-Residence for Western University, her project was the DVD, Luminous Entrance: a Sound Opera for Climate Change Action, Pendas Productions. Penn has performed and published her work world-wide, often as writer-in residence in Canada, Brazil, New York and India. Her “poem for peace in many voices” has been translated into 136 languages and performed around the world: see www.mytown.ca/poemforpeace. She has recently edited two chapbooks for the Feminist Caucus Archive Series of the League of Canadian Poets. Updates can be found on www.pennkemp.wordpress.com, www.mytown.ca/pennkemp, fb.me/pennkemppoet.
Many of her books have been devoted to aspects of the goddess, from Celtic Bridget in an early collection called CLEARING, to Egyptian Isis in HELWA!, to Sarasvati, patron of music and poetry, in SARASVATI SCAPES. Her selected poetry, THROO, was dedicated to seven goddesses. See www.mytown.ca/pennkemp and www.pennkemp.wordpress.com.
Upcoming Events 2016
March 12- August 21, 2016. Jim Kemp’s painting, “Three Figures with Tall Hats” is on exhibit in “Portals”. Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery. 101 Queen St N, Kitchener ON N2H 6P7. Curator: Edwin Outwater, Music Director. Contact: Jennifer Bullock, Ass’t Curator. 519-579-5860 x 230.
http://kwag.ca/en/connections/resources/kwag_newsletter_jan_apr_2016_web.pdf, p. 6
June 2016: Month long exhibition of artist's books at the Weldon Library. Students of the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities have created artist’s books on the theme of water as part of their course Water Now: Community, Representation, Environment, and the Poetic in the winter term in the Visual Arts Department. The books incorporate their research, (visual and textual), their poems produced during a workshop with poet Penn Kemp, and their original artworks, and display a wide range of materials and book formats.
Friday, June 17, 7:45 to 9 am. The anthology, Women & Multimedia, edited by Penn Kemp,will be launched at the business meeting of the Feminist Caucus of the League of Canadian Poets. Contributors Penn Kemp, Moe Clark, Jude Neale, and Cathy Petch will present our work then with Susan McMaster. The 2016 Canadian Writers’ Summit, Loft 1, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8, Toronto ON, http://poets.ca/feministcaucus/, canadianwriterssummit.com. http://www.canadianwriterssummit.com/english#/program/
Saturday, June 18, 4-5:00 pm, 2016. Panel, “Women & Performance: Playwrights and Performance Poets”, with panelists from both Playwrights Guild Women's Caucus and League Feminist Caucus members. Contributors are Kelley Jo Burke, Cornelia Hoogland, Penn Kemp (Chair), Catherine Kidd, Susan McMaster. Penn is panel coordinator and editor of the anthology to be launched at the same time. Sponsored by Playwrights Guild of Canada and the League of Canadian Poets. The 2016 Canadian Writers’ Summit, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8, Toronto ON,http://poets.ca/feministcaucus/,
Saturday, August 6, 2016, 7pm. Helwa! a Sound Opera, with Bill Gilliam, StoryRoomToronto, 48 Dalton Road, Toronto. Free, with hat passed. Sponsored by www.poets.ca, Metro Readings in Public Places.
August 7, 5 pm. “Epithalamium for Ana and Dennis”. LaMaquette, King & Church downtown.
Saturday, September 3, 2016, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. With musician Bill Gilliam @ 2pm 1/2hour. Vino Rosso Bar & Restaurant. 995 Bay St., Toronto ON M5S 3C4, 416 926-1800. Sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets, Metro Readings in Public Places. Contact: Linda Stitt, firstname.lastname@example.org. Free.
September-December, 2016. Community Engaged Learning, The Student Success Centre: Careers, Leadership and Experience, Western University, Western Student Services Building, WSS 2150. Contact: Coordinator – Curricular Programs Lisa Boyko, email@example.com. P: 519-661-2111 x81081. www.servicelearning.uwo.ca
March 23, 24, 25, 2017, 8pm. March 25, 2pm. The Palace Theatre and Eldon House present Penn Kemp’s The Triumph of Teresa Harris in Procunier Hall, 710 Dundas St., London ON. 519-432 1029.Tickets: $23 seniors/students. $25 adults. Online: an additional $1.00.
Thursday, April 6, Fort Langley.With Susan McCaslin. Contact: Zuzana Vaskozvasko@sfu.ca,,
Sunday, April 9, 2-4 PM, 2017. With Susan McCaslin. Contact: Alan Hill firstname.lastname@example.orgCandice James for Poetry New Westminster: “I would love to host you in spring 2017.” ORIGINAL’S RESTAURANTE MEXICANO. manager/facilitator of Poetry New West.
Thursday, April 13, 2017. “Thank you Penn. Be glad to. We can also have you on the radio show and as a feature at www.worldpoetry.ca” Ariadne Sawyerariadnes@uniserve.com wants me to read for worldpoetry UBC + radio show
Sunday, April 16, 2017. 3:00 p.m Easter. James Felton and Franci Louann, Poetic Justice poeticjusticenewwest.org/: James Felton “Franci has relayed your idea of launching Barbaric Cultural Practice at Poetic Justice next Spring. What a fabulous idea!”
Friday, April 28th, 2017. 6:30-7:30pm: Couplets: Poets in Dialogue Reading Series. Chapters South, 1037 Wellington Road,London,coupletsreadingseries.wordpress.com.Contact: Andy Verboom, email@example.com. Book sales: Chapters events staff will display and sell one of your books (the choice is yours) on the night of your event. They have also offered to retain for later sale up to 15 copies of the book, stocking them under both their ‘Poetry’ and ‘Local Authors’ sections. You may, however, opt to sell books only on the night of the event. Sales of the book will be facilitated by a 30-day consignment contract. The standard Chapters fee for such consignment is 45% of each book’s sale price, but Couplets has secured a special rate of only 30%.
With Marta Croll-Baehre . She won first prize in Poetry London's contest!
“Performing Women: Playwrights and Performance Poets” and “Women & Multimedia”.
The Living Archives Series, The Feminist Caucus, League of Canadian Poets
http://poets.ca/wordpress/programs-2/feminist-caucus.Essayist and editor of the two anthologies.
#lcp50! “Speaking Out Of Siolence”, #lcp50, www.poets.ca
“Giving Your Word”, Friday poems, David Fraser www.ascentaspirations.ca
“For Tara”, September 21, 2016. www.Goddess-pages.com
Video recording of reading by Penny Chalmers (Penn Kemp) in the Monday Nights Readings series that began in 1974. March, 1974. A viewing copy will be made for researcher access at http://vimeo.com/westernfrontsociety. Contact: Shyla Seller and Kristy Waller, Western Front Archivist , 303 East 8th Avenue, Vancouver BC‚ V5T 1S1. T. +1.604.876.9343‚ www.front.bc.ca.
"Running from Type into Type", Canadian Gingeranthology, 2017.
“Bear Lore, Bear Love”, Rebecca Banks, Subterranean Blue Poetry, July 2016, http://www.subterraneanbluepoetry.com.
“Featured Playwright Q & A with Penn Kemp”, www.playwrightsguild.ca/news/featured-playwright-q-penn-kemp. April 25, 2016.
“rash talk” (July 20, 2015) in Tanis MacDonald's 'Creative Process' course,Wilfrid Laurier University, 2016. She explains how she introduced the project:"The students chose to write a Litter I See piece as part of the course’s investigation into creative processes and forms of “borrowing” (a visual image of someone else’s discarded property in the case of Litter I See; adapting text in the case of the cento and the erasure poem, which were the other two options). I asked the students to read around the site, but to be sure to read the four examples that I had chosen. Our class discussion grew out of these study questions: After reading these pieces, consider the trajectory of our inquiry into the ethics and the poetics of borrowing as a literary tradition. What does it imply to “borrow” these found items and make them over into literary pieces? What is implied in the pieces about the conditions of something being used up or discarded?"
"Sin Is Ster Her" and "BEE RIFF in B flat", Oratorealis. www.oratorealis.com, (@oratorealis. Editor: Shayne Avec I Grec
“Selected Isolation”, The Ekphrastic Review, http://www.ekphrastic.net/ekphrastic/selected-isolation-by-penn-kemp.Lorette C. Luzajic, editor
“Autoretrato de Kahlo”, The Ekphrastic Review.Lorette C. Luzajic, editor http://www.ekphrastic.net/ekphrastic/autoretrato-de-kahlo-by-penn-kempwww.ekphrastic.net
“Study in redhair”, My Mane Memories, https://silverbirchpress.wordpress.com/2016/03/22/a-study-in-red-hair-poem-by-penn-kemp-my-mane-memories-poetry-and-prose-series/
“Given a Line”, CV2. Contemporary Verse 2.V.38.3, Winter 2016. Editor, Clarise Foster.http://www.contemporaryverse2.ca/en/store/issue/the-open-issue3
“Frau Goebbels: Berlin, 1945”, February 5, 2016.http://www.davidpfraser.ca/fridays-poems-archives.html, last poem in January 2016.
"Cat a Gory", JellyFish Review.https://jellyfishreview.wordpress.com/2016/01/26/cat-a-gory-by-penn-kemp/“she's written us a trippy, many-layered piece… your story has gone live. Thank you again for sharing this one with us - it's a great trip.” Christopher James
“It was definitely an intriguing and resonant piece.” Catherine Ross
"An Ounce of Essential",http://www.byandbylit.org/penn-kemp/. By&By Poetry. January 1, 2016. “It's a pleasure to read such well-crafted poetry—I anticipate that our burgeoning readership will enjoy it immensely. Thank you.” Jason Sears, editor. http://www.byandbylit.org/issue-two/
“Grazing the Face of Climate Change”, “Gender Bias Even Among the Elements”, “Middle March and Beyond”: 3 poems on climate change in the journal, Canadian Woman Studies: Women and Water, Inanna Publications, http://inanna.ca/index.php/catalog/women-and-water/
Trevor Carolan, The Literary Storefront: The Glory Years: Vancouver's Literary Centre 1978-1985. The history of Vancouver's Literary Storefront.Mother Tongue Publishing
"Rash Talk", http://thelitteriseeproject.com/2015/07/20/rash-talk/.“(t)(r)(a)sh talk”, (The Litter I See Project), @LitterSee,http://thelitteriseeproject.com/
“Heart to Art”, “Too Close for Comfort”, “Re:Cognition”, “Ula’s Orbit of Ellipsis”, p. 19-20, Goddess Pages, Issue #27: Summer 2015 http://www.goddess-pages.co.uk/three-poems-from-penn-kemp/#more-2890. https://pennkemp.wordpress.com/2015/07/17/goddess-poems-2015/
"Penn, your poems are your most poignant ever, wow wow and ow and owl-wisdom. And om/ohm! You use your magical wordplay to tug at my heartstrings in the heart/rose poem and in the who dies first with Gavin poem. Serious yet playfully meaningfully rendered. And Ula as WonderWoman, dear budding feminist!!! plays up a synchronicity." Katerina Fretwell
Three poems translated into Italian by angelad’amba are up on El Ghibli- Rivista di LetteraturadellaMigrazione, http://www.el-ghibli.org/penn-kemp/: “Orchestra notturna”/ “Night Orchestra”; “Poesia per la pace a piùvoci”/ “Poem for Peace in Many Voices” and “Rete di elementi”/ “The Net of Elementals”. A piece on Sound Poetry is translated as http://www.el-ghibli.org/penn-kemp-la-trasposizione-dei-suoni-della-realta-nel-movimento-creativo-della-parola-in-poesia/. angela d'ambra firstname.lastname@example.org
“As if you are leaping in the air”,Poetry London Contest, second prize.
As if you are leaping in the air by Penn Kemp - YouTubewww.youtube.com/watch?v=bGAOOldLE98
Poetry Month, “Five Poems on Food”, http://www.londonpoetryopenmic.com/biographies---featured-poets--musicians/penn-kemp-featuring-with-john-nyman-at-london-open-mic-april-1st-bio-and-poems
“Celebration of Canadian Poetry” 2015, http://www.brickbooks.ca/category/news/celebrate-canadian-poetry/
“Die Versify”, Revolver. http://www.around-around.com/die-versify/, www.around-around.com/author/penn-kemp/
February 14, 2015.”Heart to Heart”, “Petal Power” in "Feel the Love" event, : "poets ♥ downtown Cobourg"
“Dear Mentor/Tormentor”, Love where the Nights Are Twice As Long: Love Letters of Canadian Poets. http://gooselane.com/books.php?ean=9780864923844. Audio and more info will be up on http://wherethenights.tumblr.com/ and http://www.pinterest.com/goose_lane/where-the-nights-are-twice-as-long/).
“In Our Back Yard”, 2014 http://mosstrill.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/penn-kemp/
“Walking on the Moon”, Cordite/Arc. December 1, 2014. http://cordite.org.au/content/poetry/ohcanada/, http://cordite.org.au/newsblog/walking-on-the-moon/.
“Night Orchestra”, The Poetry Jar, email@example.com://www.poetryajar.wordpress.com/
“Poems for Alice Munro: "Telling Tales", "Goldilocks Meets Alice in Huron County", "The Hart of London"”, Alice Munro: A Souwesto Celebration issue of The Windsor Review, John B. Lee and J.R.(Tim) Struthers, co-editors.
“Heart to Heart”,www.leafpress.ca/Mondays_Poems_2005/Penn_Kemp/Penn_Kemp.htm
Brenda Longfellow’s Shadowmaker onGwendolyn MacEwen, Canadian Genie. Penn’s comments: 24:10-60; 25:30; 51:56; 52:36; 53:24-6
PennandDenn Collection #1, April 2016
Introducing Steven McCabe, .
Dennis Siren’s Arts Doc Compilation. Penn: 20.46-26.25, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDa2HF6YDAM
Many of my audio poems with beloved collaborators are now up on Ontario Independent Music Archive! http://www.oima-amio.ca/en/browse/music/results?s=penn%20kemp&items_per_page=25&page=2&f=field_album_reference%253Afield_genre%3A635!Browse music |
“Xtra Texture”, Levels 1-3 with electroacoustic composer Chris Meloche. Arc Poetry Magazine’s Spoken Word Issue. http://arcpoetry.ca/?cat=672, http://arcpoetry.ca/?p=8986, September 8, 2015.Curator Tanya Evanson.
Rachel Thompson's video of Poem for Peacein Many Voices, video, up at vimeo.com/148164038
Penn’s Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbrUAF1uGOd5rNcccS4-WHBK6E3MT6jpN
Penn’s Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDgsFMP51k2i_Ej-HjWv7Qw
Poetry Open Mic, Landon Library, April 2-14, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xjqk1ghHKng
Calgary Spoken Word Festival, April 15, 2013, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRt7yDFmXXM
“What the Hear Hears”, Penn Kemp and Dennis Siren, DEEP WIRELESS CD of RADIO & TRANSMISSION ART, New Adventures in Sound Art, 2015 ArtscapeWychwood Barns, 601 Christie St #252, Toronto, ON M6G 4C7naisa@naisa.ca, https://mail.google.com/mail/?shva=1#inbox/14cb0fd91c1899bc?projector=1
Anthology, Women & Multimedia, edited by Penn Kemp, the Feminist Caucus of the League of Canadian Poets. Contributors Di Brandt, Terry Carter, Penn Kemp, Moe Clark, Jude Neale, and Cathy Petch, http://poets.ca/feministcaucus/,
Anthology, Women & Performance: Playwrights and Performance Poets, edited by Penn Kemp, with panelists from both Playwrights Guild Women's Caucus and League of Canadian Poets Feminist Caucus members.
Eileen Holland, Re-Call Love, 2016
April 29, 2016. http://www.lfpress.com/2016/04/29/authors-rally-to-support-indie-shops
April, 2016. http://thebeatmagazineswo.ca/creative-age-london-encourages-older-generation-to-embrace-the-arts/
March 31, 2016. http://www.lfpress.com/2016/03/31/poets-spring-into-word-celebration
Trump's policies fuel poetic tribute | The London Free Press
Penn Kemp revised her poem, Songs for Malala, in response...
December 9, 2014 - December 06, 2015: “The Invocation” was read at The Circle Women's Collective Ritual of Re-Membering. Brescia University College, London ON.https://pennkemp.wordpress.com/2015/11/27/the-invocation-2
Festival for 50-plus returns | The London Free Press
June 1, 2015 - A selected guide to the 2015 Creative Age Festival London. ... On hand Thursday at the launch will be poet Penn Kemp, the 2015 Creative Age ...
June, 2015. http://blogs.canoe.com/brandnewblog/entertainment/glen-sorestad-wins-2015-colleen-thibaudeau-award-yay/
April 21, 2015 - Tuesday, April 21, 2015 8:05:46 EDT PM. London poets Penn Kemp, left, and Laurie D. Graham will help celebrate National Poetry Month this ...
Kemp's winning verses salutes our Olympians | The London Mar 26, 2015 - Thursday, March 26, 2015 5:05:35 EDT PM ... But when London poet Penn Kemp watches Olympic gold medal dancers Scott Moir and Tessa ...www.lfpress.com/2015/03/.../kemps-winning-verses-salutes-our-olympiams...
Friday, March 6, 2015 5:34:06 EST PM ... London keyboard ace Stephen Holowitz and poet Penn Kemp are among those who will be ...
February 20, 2015. “Chinese New Year inspires London poet Penn Kemp”, by Dan Brown, The London Free Press. Thursday, February 19, 2015. Chinese New Year inspires London poet | The London Free ...www.lfpress.com/2015/.../chinese-new-year-inspires-london-poet-penn-...
Jan 13, 2015 - Tuesday, January 13, 2015 6:45:06 EST PM. London writer, poet, playwright, performance artist and author Penn Kemp. (Free Press file photo) ...Kemp bringing dad's story home | The London Free Press
Words play | The London Free Presswww.lfpress.com/.../three-local-heroes-who-will-grace-the-first-words-fe...Oct 16, 2014 - Friday, November 27, 2015 ... London poets Penn Kemp and Laurie D. Graham and graphic novelist Diana Tamblyn featured...
January 13, 2:30- 4:30pm. Reading and creative writing workshop for the “Water Now” course, Western University Visual Arts Centre, Room 249. Contact: Gabriella Solti, firstname.lastname@example.org and Patrick Mahon, email@example.com. Patrick Mahon, Graduate Chair, Visual Arts, Western University, London, ON, N6A 5B7. (tel) 519-661-2111 x 86192. Some of the poems Penn will be reading are in the “Women and Water” issue of Canadian Woman Studies, www.cwscf.ca. The poems are now up on www.pennkemp.wordpress.com.“Gabriella reported that it was a wonderful afternoon and that the students produced some great work. I want to thank you so very much!” Patrick Mahon
January 23, 2016. London. Address to the Haggis, 2015, https://www.facebook.com/christine.romard/videos/919139858104867/?theater
February 10, 2016, 4-5 pm. The River is Everywhere: Investigating Local Water through Images and Activism. Project facilitation.http://www.events.westernu.ca/events/arts-humanities/2016-02/the-river-is-everywhere-1.html. The Satellite Project Space, 121 Dundas St., London, ON
February 10, 2016, 4-5 pm. The River is Everywhere: Investigating Local Water through Images and Activism. Project facilitation.http://www.events.westernu.ca/events/arts-humanities/2016-02/the-river-is-everywhere-1.html. The Satellite Project Space, 121 Dundas St., London, ON
April 6, 7 pm. Happy to introduce Steven McCabe, featured Poet for London Open Mic Poetry Night. http://www.londonpoetryopenmic.com/10/post/2016/03/steven-mccabe-featured-poet-for-london-open-mic-april-6.html
April 8, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Community Partner Appreciation Lunch.Great Hall, Somerville House, Western University. Contact: David Cano Tinoco; firstname.lastname@example.org
April 16, 2-4 p.m. The Garafraxa Café, 131 Garafraxa Street South (Highway 6), Durham ON. National Poetry Month reading: “The Road” with Daniel Kolos, Judy Lowry and Liz Zetlin. See http://poets.ca/npm/. Contact: email@example.com or Michelle and Kevin Bosse, 519-369-2175, firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 28, 6:30-8:30 pm. WRITING YOUR WAY! with me. Writing workshop and reading. Beacock Library, 1280 Huron St, London, Ontario N5Y 4M2: (519) 451-8140. 2016 Creative Age Festival.National Poetry Month.Penn’s reading/workshop will be "The Road, The Path, The Way Not Taken: Writing What If". “You inspired so many writers last year that we would love to have you back again for the 2016 Creative Age Festival. Your Poetry is bound to inspire as always.” Contact: Pauline Duncan-Thrasher, Community-Library Liaison, email@example.com. https://encore.londonpubliclibrary.ca/iii/encore/record/C__Rg1005885__Screative%20age__P0,3__Orightresult__X6?lang=eng&suite=beta
April 30, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Authors for Indies Day, Oxford Book Shop, 262 Piccadilly St, London, N6A 1S4. Contact: Hilary firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 519-438-8336, www.oxfordbookshop.com, http://www.authorsforindies.com/. http://www.lfpress.com/2016/04/29/authors-rally-to-support-indie-shops
May 3. Glendale High School, 37 Glendale Drive.Tillsonburg, ON N4G 1J6. TEL: 519-842-4207. Head of the English Department, Cathy Lyon. Contact: John Marriott . Sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets.Poets in the Schools National Youth Arts Week.
May 5, 7:00-8:30 pm. Beacock Library, 1280 Huron St, London, Ontario N5Y 4M2: (519) 451-8140.2016 Creative Age Festival. http://poets.ca/npm/. Penn’s reading/workshop will be "The Road, The Path, The Way Not Taken: Writing What If". Contact: Pauline Duncan-Thrasher, Community-Library Liaison, email@example.com. Free but please register: https://encore.londonpubliclibrary.ca/iii/encore/record/C__Rg1005885__Screative%20age__P0,3__Orightresult__X6?lang=eng&suite=beta
May 6, 11 a.m- 12:30.Lester B. Pearson School for the Arts, 795 Trafalgar St, London, ON N5Z 1E6, (519) 452-8300.Sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets, National Youth Arts Week. Contact: Jennifer Chesnut, .
May 24, 7 - 8:30 pm. Opening The Creative Aging Festival Showcase concert. Wolf Hall, 251 Dundas St. London ONN6A 6H9. Contact: June Cole, firstname.lastname@example.org. https://www.facebook.com/CreativeAgeLondon/photos/a.181607875346967.1073741828.181474082027013/545731032267981/?type=3&theater
“…my newest literary hero.Penn Kemp is a treasure of London and area and also Canada as a creative spirit who shines wherever she goes. Uniquely inspiring poet and performer, Penn Kemp opened Creatively as always with her blend of insight and imagination. Thanks to Penn Kemp for her inspiration for all writers of every age. Positively,” Pauline Duncan-Thrasher
“Mighty impressive and brilliant essay on ‘Sounding the Depth’”. Aliyana Ruekberg
“Many thanks to you, Penn!! Our students just love you.” John Marriott, Glendale High School, Tilsonburg ON.
Creative Age Workshops. “Thanks, Penn. Always good to hear your poetry, and also learn to view writing from many different points of view.” Christine Thorpe
“Thank you for opening my path to a world I had forgotten. Loved being here.”JudiyaChamary
“An excellent creative session. Loved your poetry.” Molly
“Thank you!—great inspiration.” Karen Weime
On “Sound the Depth”
“if I were still teaching Workshops I would use the material as a foundation for teaching the Demeter myth, one of the standard workshops we taught. Your work is the depth that I feel the voice work needed . That is why I quoted you in dragon fly work. I will save the material as a great resource for the importance of finding our authentic voice both as instrument and soul wisdom. What you bring forth is the essential sound of soul sourced from the depths of the vastness of space… or at least that is how I experience your work.” Mary Hamilton
“What a wonderful sounding— not sounding off, like the military men in line, but sounding on -- working toward voicing consciousness of female experience and potential. You are inspiring!”
“Wonderful, Penn, just had a chance to read it. You do speak so well for us all -- so much verve and wisdom!” Susan McMaster
“The book design for Penn Kemp’s poem “On Light” allows me to play outside the proverbial sandbox. Her lines, “Let the sun beam light/ through our pores till/ we glow luminous and/ radiant, incandescent” point to a sun- like structure. What better book than a paper lantern? The words of her poem are glued to the outside structure with archival adhesive.” Terry Ann Carter
“I really like it— and find it provocative, mysterious, and funny. I like the way you set up the dream sequences with just enough explanatory and interpretive material to tie the whole thing together.” Catherine Ross
“What an inspired rewrite! I am sure this is how the poem was meant to be. Wonderful to see that.” Allan Briesmaster
“With gratitude for your expertise and encouragement in helping to make this book a reality.” Eileen Holland
“Pleasure and plenitude, heart and head– these poems spring from the page, unique and alive. Penn Kemp is a virtuoso of direct speech, aiming straight for the core of matters both political and personal, and earning a formidable reputation as a feminist, eco-activist, and internationally honoured performance poet along the way. Inaugural Poet Laureate for London, Ontario, and ongoing activist, she continues to voice concerns both wide and intimate. Barbaric Cultural Pra May 24, 7 - 8:30 pm. Opening The Creative Aging Festival Showcase concert. Wolf Hall, 251 Dundas St. London ONN6A 6H9. Contact: June Cole, email@example.com. https://www.facebook.com/CreativeAgeLondon/photos/a.181607875346967.1073741828.181474082027013/545731032267981/?type=3&theater ctice collects a decade of poetic exploration of the absurdities of the “newspeak” of the digital world, of the vitality of the earth and its grave needs, and of the responsibilities and rewards of community. Penn never just reads: she performs, even on the page, and we can’t help but listen.” – Susan McMaster, poet
There is a band of words just above/ the ineffable fabric of love that allows/ for poetry. (“LunarPerplex”.) Penn Kemp, a poet at the peak of her powers, casts a loving gaze at poetry's purpose and at her beloved husband, humanity, our planet and all sentient beings. Through loving attention, wordplay, whimsy and wit, dream and prophecy, Kemp transforms the ineffable into an elegant expression of life deeply envisioned. Through metaphoric shape-shifting, Kemp shows us “My work isthe translator's, to move one/ sense into another's realm.”(“Blow by Blow”). This gift of synaesthesia heightens her calling to us to take our earthly stewardship to heart: We have so much to/learn from not living on but with our place. (“In Celebration Forest”, bold words, mine). These are poems to meditate on, to incorporate into the interstices of our layered lives. Above All, Love is this exceptionally talented and seasoned poet's guiding light. Activism and attentive outlook. In the book’s title, Kemp transforms a political gaffe, “Barbaric cultural practices”, into an elegy for earth and heart-song for each other.
– Katerina Fretwell, author of Dancing on a Pin
“It was Penn Kemp who developed the hot new innovative poetry video scene in Canada by developing our first multimedia poetry website. I was inspired by that, and when the opportunity was given to me, founded the first Poetry Video Lab in a Canadian university, at Brandon University,in Manitoba”
“Penn Kemp wrote a beautiful short poem called Peace, In Two Voices, and asked hundreds of people of different cultures to translate it into their languages, and then perform it orally and on her growing audio-recording collection. She asked me to translate it into Plautdietsch, my mothertongue. I had to get some help from my cousins, my Plautdietsch had become very rusty by then.
I wept over this invitation: it was the first time anyone anywhere had asked me to say something, to perform something, in my mothertongue. Until then I had experienced the postmodern as a great aching sacrifice of heritage and family ties. Penn gathered me, she gathered hundreds of us, cultural exiles from our homelands and communities and languages, back in to a powerful contemporary gathering of voices that honours where we all came from and how we all got here, together, in this magical mosaic called Canada.
When I performed it for her project, Penn said, “Your voice clicked into a different register when you spoke in Plautdietsch. It’s as if you relocated your slightly displaced voice back into the center of your voicebox.” Yes, and I recognized yet another aspect of the ancient indigenous resonances of my ancient mothertongue, where forsythia and red cardinals are unnamed back into yaeleBloumenenroudeFaewel, generically descriptive and simply relational, pre-Adamic yellow flowers and red birds.Dankschein, Penn.”
“It was Penn Kemp who developed the hot new innovative poetry video scene in Canada by developing our first multimedia poetry website. I was inspired by that…” Di Brandt
Di Brandt, “‘Wild, wild, wild woman’: Poetry and Multimedia Collaboration”, Women and Media, The League of Canadian Poets Feminist Caucus
“It's wonderful (and inspiring!) how productive you are!” Rosie Fernandez
“you've been a marvellous editor i must say, clear precise instructions and editorial requests and negotiations and amendments. rare to find great editors!!”Di Brandt
“GO PENN GO!! Thanks for all your brilliant coordination, curation, spirit + editing.” Moe Clark
“luscious imagery to go with luscious as the seasons turn red hair!!” Katerina Fretwell
“I’m reading your Barbarisms with astonishment and delight”
“You are such a dramaturge! I’m celebrating how you’ve brought the various art forms together in your life and work... Canada truly needs the kind of union of art and activism your work provides.”“This is a recreation of the Eleusinian mysteries for our time,” “We enter the dream space and begin to realize how creative the human imagine is in its relation to other species and the world. [It] seems to capture so much about our relation to the natural world. Each dream is another brilliant sequin, but together they shine like a radiant garment.”Susan McCaslin
“Beautiful piece by you, profound and wonderful” Sheila Murphy
“Thanks for this incredible contribution to the #LCP50 celebration. That’s a heck of a story, for sure.” Nicole Brewer, www.poets.ca
“Thank you, Penn, your opinion means a lot to me as I know what a careful, astute reader you are!” James Grainger
“great ..deep poetry.. Speaks to me opens me ..was answering in poetry...” Marsha Ward
“magnificent, visionary, wise!”...“…celebrates and mourns in a beautifully sad dance.” “YESSSSS too bad this isn’t required reading for all Canadians … brilliant incisive poetry,” Katerina Fretwell
for your amazing vision
and poetic beauty!”
“Your poem, a lovely lightful, darkful way to greet Solstice, Penn.”Daphne Marlatt
“This poem shimmers, Penn!” Susan McCaslin
“Congrats Penn. You deserve so much to be recognized for your poetry that so beautifully raises awareness about the environment and climate” Maryanne MacDonald
“Those in my fiction class who'd been at your presentation were still beaming. They loved playing! You should 'sound' with more CW classes, partly because the academic pressures weigh so heavily on these young heads and they need to let up...
In her presentation “Sonic Word/Spoken World” for the Creative Writing Reading Series at York University on Nov 24, activist poet, performer and playwright Penn Kemp treated students to poetry as sound play. With her own unique soundings, Kemp engaged students in wordplay, creating a collective sound scape that joyfully explored meaning beyond language and academic definition, with interactive vigour and verve.
Kemp also shared with students more purely lyric poems on the page and, along with Patricia Keeney (who hosted the event) performed pieces from their book Vocal Braiding (Pendas Productions) based on an interweaving of lines from both their poems. Students responded with enthusiasm, eager to try this circling and turning of words in their own works.
Eager, indeed, to continue the possibilities of creative collaboration that Penn Kemp had awakened in them.” Patricia Keeney
https://pennkemp.wordpress.com/2015/11/27/the-invocation-2. “Majestic and timely.”Phoebe Tsang Dobson
“With Great Love & Respect! You are an inspiration & a ray of pure light!...Thank you Penn Kemp for your guidance and beauty” Sheri-D Wilson
“You are a True Blessing on the Earth. In gratitude and Solidarity.” Frances DawberAbley
“That was a wonderful afternoon, Penn. I think I came into "full being" during the singing, and the writing, and the sharing. And what a beautiful setting.” Penny Wearne
“bless you for everything you've done for everyone so far, and may you continue” Stan Burfield
“Penn Kemp is Canada's greatest sound poet, in the tradition of bill bissett, Honey Novick and the legendary "Four Horsemen". Conrad DioDiodato
“Incantation is a form of poetry where repeated words, phrases and rhythms have the effect of bringing something about – a kind of asking. One particular such poem which struck me a great deal is “Bidding Spell” by Canadian poet Penn Kemp, in which it appears that a mother is asking for her child to return, through repeated, powerful rhythms that have the effect of a song.” Zuzana Vasko’s artist’s statement on“Bidding Spell” from the anthology In Fine Form, for ‘What we ask of the hills and what the hills ask of us'
“What a lovely and completely invigorating workshop - thank you for having me as your guest musician! Who knew the hired help could have a ferociously transformative experience? GOT MY SHIVA ON!” Allison Menegoni
“The Queen of Bees”, https://soundcloud.com/victoriafenner/the-queen-of-bees “That is such a richly beautiful tribute. I was happy to see the text after hearing you read the poem in Winnipeg.” Allan Briesmaster
“I have so much faith in your talent and power with words that I have no doubt it is fabulous already and will be welcomed by the Theatre committee.” Nancy Johnson
“…a force of nature, of creative energy, of delight and beauty, graceful big belly laughter and poetic cosmic channeling, mentor and big leo sis - love lovelove and grateful the universe sent you to us all” Kathryn Alexander
“Loved your antics on Saturday night in Winnipeg...” John Lent
“What a fine poem for Colleen, Penn. Loved the structuring.” Glen Sorestad
“That is such a richly beautiful tribute. I was happy to see the text after
hearing you read the poem in Winnipeg.” Allan Briesmaster
“Lovely tribute dear Penn, bristling with metaphor and wordplay. Colleen loved it I'm sure.” Katerina Fretwell
“Thank you Penn Kemp v. beautiful & moving” James Reaney
“Thank you so much for everything, Penn. Your support, influence and guidance has been invaluable. You put together a great program in May and your Reading in the garden was perfect in every way. Thank you for touching our lives with your wisdom, humour, thoughtful words and joy filled spirit.” Kathy Smith
“Writer in Residence and guiding spirit of Creative Age Festival London” Creative Age Canada
“Can’t wait to spend time with The Honourable Penn Kemp—teacher and friend, poet and philosopher...” Sheri-D Wilson, Landon Public Library London
“As a participant in Penn Kemp's writing workshops a huge thank-you to Penn also for her inspirational leadership in writing and reading of poetry. The Creative Festival was an inspiring experience from way back in September. For those fortunate enough to know about and participate in it what a learning stretching experience! Positively!...Wisdom, joy and creativity shining through Penn Kemp... my newest literary hero.” “You inspired so many writers last year that we would love to have you back again for the 2016 Creative Age Festival. Your Poetry is bound to inspire as always. I love your story of the Little Foxes almost as much as The Little Prince.” Pauline Duncan-Thrasher, Community - Library Liaison
"Inspirational... Educational in an informal non-threatening way. Here's to another exciting program next year." Lorna
"All workshops excellent-- exciting ideas-- interesting people--stimulating sessions" Lorna
"Lots of fun and informative sessions-- recommend highly" Catherine
"Amazing, dIverse, friendly!" Dr. Joan Clayton
"Wonderful," Hubert Duhamel
"Wonderful to share and learn with all different people, I hope there is more where this came from." Kelly Creighton
"I enjoyed our sharing and hope to do it again." Anne
"Inspiring, fun, diverse talents" Pauline
“I want to thank you for the poetry series at Landon. I've had fun and met lots of interesting folks. Let me know if you have similar things in the works. John Matsui
"So glad to be here--" Elizabeth Waterston
"I'm enjoying this experience, happy to be here with my mother!" Chris Beaver
What a pleasure to hear you read this evening Penn at the National Poetry Month Event at New West Library! You were wonderful, and made the evening shine with your great poetry and great delivery! I am looking forward to delving into your book "Re-animating Animus" on a long drive out to Chilliwack tomorrow! Spectacular indeed to meet you Penn!” Candice James, Poet Laureate, New Westminster
Penn Kemp, 2015 winner of the Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award for spoken word poetry,…https://instagram.com/p/86b0ZSD-I8/. LCP @CanadianPoets
Address to the Haggis, 2015, https://www.facebook.com/christine.romard/videos/919139858104867/?theater
Helwa!with Bill Gilliam. Mastered by John Magyar. www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zU21sg6_As
Carmelo Militano 's May 31 interview with me from Winnipeg: https://ckuw.ca/128/20150531.16.30-17.00.mp3
Activist poet, performer and playwright Penn Kemp is Creative Age London’s Writer-in-Residence. She is the inaugural Poet Laureate for London Ontario (2010-12), a Life Member of the League of Canadian Poets, and a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee medal. For Creative Age London, Penn curated a series of five free reading/workshops held Saturday mornings at Landon Library.
Penn’s poetry was first published fifty years ago in Western’s literary magazine, FOLIO, when she was an Honours English student. Before that, she was the editor of the Masonville Gazette and the Medway Magnet! Since her first book was published by Coach House Press in 1972, she has been pushing textual and aural boundaries, often in participatory performance work.Penn has published twenty-six books of poetry and drama, had six plays and ten CDs produced as well as several award-winning videopoems.
As Writer-in-Residence for Western, her project was the DVD, Luminous Entrance: a Sound Opera for Climate Change Action, Pendas Productions. For seven years, Penn has presented an eclectic literary show, Gathering Voices, on Radio Western: see http://chrwradio.ca/content/upcoming-episodes-gathering-voices. Her essays have been widely anthologized in such Canadian works as the League of Canadian Poets Feminist Caucus archives, Windsor Review: special Alice Munro issue; Love where the Nights Are Twice As Long: Love Letters of Canadian Poets; Untying The Apron; Basements and Attics, Closets and Cyberspace; and Poetry London’s Possessions. Having performed in festivals around the world, most recently in Britain, Brazil and India, Penn lives in the house she grew up in here in London, where she edits poetry for Pendas Productions with her husband Gavin Stairs. She has been heralded by the Writers’ Union as a “one woman literary industry”. Updates and poems are on http://mytown.ca/pennletter and https://pennkemp.wordpress.com/,https://pennkemp.wordpress.com/, linkedin.com/pennkemp,twitter.com/pennkemp.
Honors & Awards
Penn Kemp is the recipient of the new League of Canadian Poets Spoken Word Award, the prestigiousSheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award, http://poets.ca/2015/04/01/golden-beret-2015-penn-kemp/. 2015
London Arts CouncilCommunity Arts Investment Program, 2014
OAC Theatre Reserve grant (The Grand Theatre, London), 2014
Top Story of the year, Metro London: http://metronews.ca/features/metros-most-memorable-2013/
OAC Writers' Reserve grants, 2012, 2013
Community Heritage Investment Program (CHIP) grant, London Arts Council, 2013
Life Member, League of Canadian Poets, 2012
Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee award, June 2012
Harbourfront Centre HATCH with Daniela Sneppova 2011
Media Arts Ontario Arts Council with Chris Meloche 2010
Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (Daniela Sneppova
Canada Council Writer-in-Residence, U.Western ON 2009-10
Ontario Arts Council Media grant with Chris Meloche 2007
Canada Council travel grant, Brazil 2004, India 2000
Canada Council Creative Writing 2001-02
Canada Council Spoken and Electronic Word 1999
Canada Council theatre 1994-95, Canada Council Short Term 1994
Toronto Arts Council Interim Cultural 1994, Toronto Arts Council 1993
Canada Council Senior Arts "A" Award 1991
Ontario Graduate Scholarship 1987-88
External Affairs, Scotland 1984, 1985, Canada House travel: England 1984-5, Germany 1985
Canada Council (fiction)1981-82
12 Creative Artists in the Schools 1981-1993
WUSC Exchange Scholarship (3rd year, to U.B.C. 1964-5
UWO scholarship (Honours English) 1963
Ontario Scholar 1962
Gathering Voices / Pendas Productions, www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=3992303404
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