More than 1/2 Century of Writing. Editing & Publishing Poetry & Plays:) …
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My books are available from me (email@example.com) or from https://www.amazon.ca/s?k=Penn+Kemp&ref=nb_sb_noss
Andreas Gripp's review of Local Heroes is up in Beliveau Review's first issue (August 6, 2020), along with two new poems: https://beliveaubooks.wixsite.com/home/beliveau-review.
My poem, "Believe" is in the "Poem in Your Pocket Day" booklet: http://poets.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/NPM20_Booklet.pdf
Catherine Owen awarded me THE FIRST ANNUAL MUTTSY AWARD FOR RENEGADE CREATORS 2020. in honour of Joe Rosenblatt.
Another of Mary McDonald's entrancing video poems, “Wishing Well”, has been selected for the Poetry Film Section of the Newlyn PZIFF 2020. It was shown at Lyra, Bristol Poetry Festival on March 14, 2020: http://liberatedwords.com/2020/02/29/poetry-films-for-the-environment-at-lyra-bristol-14-march/.
"Believe" and “Wishing Well” are published in River Revery, Insomniac Press, with q.r. codes to http://riverrevery.ca.
Bill Arnott published a glorious review in The Miramichi Review, https://miramichireader.ca/2020/02/river-revery-poems-penn-kemp/
March 14, 2020, 1–2pm, Poetry Films for the Environment. Arnolfini Art Gallery, Bristol, England. International screening: “Wishing Well”, Mary McDonald, Penn Kemp. Lucy English, co-director of Liberated Words and Lyra festival. https://www.lyrafest.com/#events/e61060
“Wishing Well", poetry film by Mary McDonald with Penn Kemp’s text, is in “Poetry and Climate Film Screening”, LYRA - Bristol Poetry Festival, Bristol Poetry Festival
My latest book, RIVER REVERY (Insomniac Press) was launched Nov. 2 at Wordsfest, Museum London Theatre, London ON.
http://wordsfest.ca/events/2019/diana-beresford-kroeger-penn-kemp-in-conversation. Delightful to be "In Conversation" with Diana for this hour! She's doing such essential work on forests. Our moderator was Nina Desjardins. Videographer Dennis Siren caught the magic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lf_apKTzpgQ&t=126s.
For orders, see https://www.amazon.ca/River-Revery-Penn-Kemp/dp/1554832381. Penn’s reading from River Revery was sponsored by The League of Canadian Poets.
The Free Press captured the spirit of RIVER REVERY on
RIVER REVERY, my collaboration with media artist extraordinaire Mary McDonald! Animations to the poems are up on RiverRevery.ca as well as news about the poetry films: they are shown in festivals everywhere! You can add to this community project on #RiverReveryLdn. An Augmented Reality, multimedia animation collaboration, with thanks to @LdnArtsCouncil #CommunityArtsInvestmentProgram
For updates see www.pennkemp.wordpress.com.
insomniac Press published RIVER REVERY in Fall, 2019.
QR codes in River Revery link to multimedia work, thus expanding the experience of poetry in exciting ways. Mary presented the poetry films of River Revery in Spring 2019 at Open Educational Resources Conference, Galway, Ireland; and Reel Poetry Festival (Houston, Texas). River Revery was introduced as a model for engagement in exploring the impact and potential of community participation in arts collaborations. International Exposure! River Revery was also shown at Newlyn Film Festival (Penzance, UK); London Central Library for “Gathering Voices” with me in National Poetry Month 2019; and Museum London during Wordsfest 2018.
River Revery Review by KATERINA VAUGHN FRETWELL:
.A DAZZLING MULTI-MEDIA RESPONSE TO OUR CHANGING CLIMATE: "River Revery is both the name of Penn Kemp's latest poetry collection and the name of a multimedia collaboration between Kemp, Mary McDonald and Dennis Siren. The book is a masterful companion to McDonald's video poems and photographs and Siren's videos, which are included in the collection through QR codes. Complemented by these other works, Kemp's intimately observed natural interactions are topically poignant, given the climate cataclysms hovering over earth. In performance and in her book, Kemp leads the reader/viewer into an appreciation and comprehension of what we have lost and will lose through playful trickster words and alliteration." From http://arcpoetry.ca/2020/07/12/rim-revery-penn-kemp/
Review of RIVER REVERY by Bill Arnott:
https://pennkemp.wordpress.com/2019/12/19/this-review-made-my-day/. "River Revery is a beautiful book. Thank you, and well done. Utilizing the mixed media is exceptional… , a very cool mixed media project." Bill Arnott
Harold Rhenish has explored text from River Revery in intricate detail on several of his extraordinary blogs: https://okanaganokanogan.com/2018/12/03/reading-penn-kemp-and-the-world-the-role-of-poetry-in-civic-planning/ and https://okanaganokanogan.com/2019/02/13/repaired-post-towards-a-new-cartography-part-3-the-strength-of-oral-story-telling/. Harold's blogs are essential, transformative reading.
"SAGE-ING SISTERS IN SPIRIT", Sage-ing: The Journal of Creative Aging, http://www.sage-ing.com/Sage-ing31ONLINE.pdf
Dialogue Magazine, Vol. 33-4, Summer 2020. pp. 35-6, p.2.
"Notes from the Lunar Plexus," Dialogue Magazine, Vol. 33-3, Spring 2020. pp. 33-35. With cover painting by Anne Anglin from Barbaric Cultural Practice, Quattro Books.
"Remembering Forward", Sage-ing: The Journal of Creative Aging, http://www.sage-ing.com/Sage-ing31ONLINE.pdf, pp. 44-8
“The Forks of a River: Y and Y Not”. P. 24. www.dialogue.ca, Vol. 33-1. Autumn 2019. http://www.dialogue2.ca
Mary McDonald’s cover art for River Revery. P. 2, Vol. 33-1.
"Youth Ongoing and Aging To Come". P. 22-23. www.dialogue.ca, Vol. 33-1. Autumn 2019. http://www.dialogue2.ca
"Invoking the Goddess to Dream With Us”, Goddess Pages, https://www.goddess-pages.co.uk/invoking-the-goddess-to-dream-with-us/
"Youth Ongoing and Aging To Come". www.dialogue.ca, Vol. 33-1. Autumn 2019. http://www.dialogue2.ca
"Art & Action-- Transformation", http://www.dialogue2.ca/about-dialogue-magazine.html https://issuu.com/janetkhicks/docs/dialogue-v32-4-2019-digital
“Sveva Caetani, Catalyst for Creativity”, SAGE-ING with Creative Spirit, Grace & Gratitude || The Journal of Creative Aging, hhttp://www.sageing.ca/sageing29.
"For bp nichol", Echolocation, Summer 2020
“List List”, Sad Girl Review, Issue 5: Collections and Lists, http://sadgirlreview.com/, , Summer 2020
“Haunt”, “Snarl”, “Tangle”. Anthology, Voicing Suicide, Ekstasis Editions. Summer, 2020. Editor Daniel G Scott, firstname.lastname@example.org
“At the Initiation of Imbolc” and “In the Air”, Beliveau Review. First issue, September 2020. https://beliveaubooks.wixsite.com/home/beliveau-review
“Dichte" and "Cancel Culture”, EVENT 50/2 (Fall 2021) or 50/3 (Winter 2021/22).
“P.S., poetry chapbook with Sharon Thesen, Kalamalka Press, www.kalwriters.com. Fall 2020
“What we did not know in 1972. What we know now”. Anthology, Resistance: A Poetic Response to Sexual Assault. Editor: Sue Goyette. Contact: John, Mazin.Saffou@uregina.ca
Recent Publications/ Poems
“At the Initiation of Imbolc”, “In the Air “, Beliveau Review Issue 1: https://beliveaubooks.wixsite.com/home/beliveau-review
“Poems for the Pandemic”. Dialogue Magazine, Vol. 33-4, Summer 2020, http://www.dialogue.ca, https://issuu.com/janetkhicks/docs/dial-33-4-june28-2020-issuu.
“Believe”, League of Canadian Poets’ Poem in Your Pocket contest and booklet, www.poets.ca.
“The Transient Zinnia”, “Longshore Drift into Morning”, “What Matters”, Dialogue Magazine, Vol. 33-2, Winter 2019-20, www.dialogue.ca. https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?tab=rm&ogbl#inbox/FMfcgxwGCbDZsLVJGmJkGVtvfRRNpqrT?projector=1&messagePartId=0.1
“Won 4 bill bissett”, what fuckan birthday, lootbag for billfest, November 16, 2019Editorial advisor, Prairie Journal, www.prairiejournal.org
"The Nature of Food", CuiZine, http://wordsfest.ca/assets/images/zines/wordsfestzine-2019-A.pdf, WordsFest 2019, London ON. Poems for the Pandemic”. Dialogue Magazine, http://www.dialogue.ca. Summer, 2020
"Double Vision i and ii”. http://www.dialogue2.ca, Vol. 33-1. Autumn 2019.
“How Endings Multiply” – September 25, 2019, Poetry Pause from Fox Haunts. Poetry Pause, http://poets.ca/poetrypause/
“Along the Line” and “On the Other Hand of Time”, Cold Strawberries Collective Alternative Magazine, first issue, 2019.
“For Wonder and for Wild”, Dialogue, Fall, 2019.
"Scaling the Colour Bar", feature. Lackadaisy, Spring/Summer 2019 Issue One, https://www.instagram.com/p/By34w0ihX4e/.
"Enter the Painting" and "A Possessive Case" online, Twitter and Instagram. www.lackadaisylitmag.com
“Belief”, Universal Oneness: An Anthology of Magnum Opus Poems from around the World: (360 poems by 360 poets from 60 Countries). Dr Vivekanand Jha, Editor. Authorspress, New Delhi, India, 2019. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1luUEqcT84-4jSlJvYx6QGCQY-JEi9Kkn/view, P. 383.
“On the Nature of Intelligence” – June 18, 2019, Poetry Pause, http://poets.ca/2019/06/18/on-the-nature-of-intelligence-by-penn-kemp/
"Christmas at the Equator", Acta Victoriana, Spring issue, 2019, vol 143.2.
“Winds Chime”, SAGE-ING The Journal of Creative Aging, hhttp://www.sageing.ca/sageing29
"Waving Hands at Clouds”, Synaeresis 7, 2019.
“Fox Fable”, “Synopsis, Lady into Fox”, and “The Fox That Came to Stay”, Big Pond Rumours, Winter 2019. http://www.big-pond-rumours.com/
"Trance/Verse" and "Berlin, 1945", Canadian Woman Studies, 2019. http://www.cwscf.ca/.
Synaeresis 5 (January, 2019) features work by Penn Kemp and Mary McDonald from River Revery. The magazine, edited by Andreas Connell-Gripp, is up on https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/6c7a02_b3f406514bf94296ac6a43bde13ed96e.pdf.
Radio host Carmelo Militano recorded an interesting conversation for his show at the University of Winnipeg. Here's the url, starting at 2 /2 minutes in : https://ckuw.ca/128/20181209.16.30-17.00.mp3.99
“News That Stays News: Thirty-Two Years Ago Today”, Tuck Magazine. http://tuckmagazine.com/2019/01/29/poetry-1951/
More topical poems on http://tuckmagazine.com/tag/penn-kemp/.
“All for Art" and "Our Heads in Old Sand", Synaeresis 5, January, 2019.
“Art, Action—Transformation” by Penn Kemp and Susan McCaslin
“Art, Action—Transformation” by Penn Kemp and Susan McCaslin, Inanna Publications, November 29, 2018. https://www.inanna.ca/blog-and-media/blog/art-action-transformation/
Dialogue,. “A Dialogue: Reflections on W.H. Auden’s ‘Poetry Makes Nothing Happen’” by Penn Kemp and Susan McCaslin. Dialogue 4, Vol. 32 #2, P. 30-32. Winter 2018-9, www.dialogue.ca.
FOX HAUNTS (Aeolus Press, 2018). Reviews are up on https://pennkemp.wordpress.com/2018/11/04/fox-haunts-reviewed/.
“Celebrating Tree”, Heartwood: Poems about Loving Trees, 2018. Anthology of tree poems, fundraiser for The League of Canadian Poets. Editor, Claudia Radmore https://www.amazon.ca/Heartwood-Poems-TreesLesley-Strutt/dp/189621651X #HeartwoodPoet
Poem, Another Dysfunctional Cancer Poem Anthology (Mansfield Press). Editors, Meaghan Strimas and Priscila Uppal, 2018.
“Flux, Flash, Flood”, “Seeing Red”, GUSH: menstrual manifestos for our times. Editors: Rosanna Deerchild, Ariel Gordon, and Tanis MacDonald. Frontenac House, Calgary, 2018. https://www.frontenachouse.com/dd-product/gush-menstrual-manifestos-for-our-times/
“At the Moment of Equinox”, http://womenspiritualpoetry.blogspot.com/2018/06/at-moment-of-equinox-by-penn-kemp.html
http://poetryminiinterviews.blogspot.ca/search/label/Penn%20Kemp with Thomas White
“Love ManIfest”, Prairie Fire: the Love Issue. Spring, 2018. https://www.facebook.com/PrairieFireMagazine/videos/1919261081481444/?t=0
Penn's plays about Teresa Harris:
Penn's poems about Teresa Harris in her new collection, Local Heroes, Insomniac Press, 2018: https://www.amazon.ca/Local-Heroes-Penn-Kemp/dp/1554832063
Penn's essay about Teresa Harris in Women and Multimedia, the anthology Penn edited: http://poets.ca/product/women-and-multimedia/
Celebrating Sound Poetry...
I participated in several zoom readings during the pandemic.
June 17, 2020, ""listening practice" workshop with Nix Nihil featuring poems by Margaret Atwood, George Bowering, and me, Spoken Web, Concordia U., Quebec. Here's the link
"The workshop is called "Refining the Alchemical Ear," and is hosted out of the University of Concordia in Montreal. This week's theme will be "adept listening." We will listen to 3 poems with mystical/magical forms or themes, ripped from reel-to-reel recordings of poetry readings captured in the 1970s, delivered by some Canadian heavy-hitters. Then, we (a bunch of academics, but also music/poetry lovers in general) talk about what we hear going on with the files. Hear readings about alchemy, spiritualism, Buddhism, and New Age philosophy. George Bowering, Margaret Atwood, and Penn Kemp (formerly Penny Chalmers) are the magical Masters from whom we will learn some new "tricks" of the poetic (and magical) trade." https://spokenweb.ca/events/virtual-listening-practice-guided-by-nick-beauchesne/
Mine was a participatory long sound poem called "Bone Poem", from Trance Form, all of which you can hear here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ML1seSa7EuKTGcIckfaX2TwcrNthaVOo/view and/or here: https://soundcloud.com/penn-kemp/penn-kemp-trance-form-live-at-u-of-a-february-18-1977-1
April 16, 2020, from Davis CA with radio host Andy Jones. https://poetryindavis.com/archive/2020/04/a-zoom-poetry-reading-featuring-kellie-raines-penn-kemp-and-heidy-steidlmayer/. I read several COVID poems, now up on https://pennkemp.wordpress.com/2020/04/12/a-panacea-of-poems-in-the-pandemic/ as well as "Believe" from http://riverrevery.ca/animation/. I talked about National Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 30. "Believe" is one of the pieces chosen for the League of Poets’ chapbook, http://poets.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/NPM20_Booklet.pdf.
Natalie Leduc, “SoundCloud and Penn Kemp: Birthing A New Type of Sound”, Dissensus and Poetry: The Poet as Activist in Experimental English-Canadian Poetry. Master’s Thesis, U. of Ottawa. P. 69-77. http://thatsabsurd.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Leduc_Natalie_2018_thesis.pdf
“I also wanted to say thank you for your contributions to the CanLit community!”
Celebrating Poetry... & Souwesto
This summer I am working on a new poetry manuscript with videopoems by the uber-talented Dennis Siren. Many thanks to #CommunityArtsInvestmentProgram London Arts Council for a CAIP grant and to Ontario Arts Council for a Publisher Recommender grant (Insomniac Press).
"Penn Kemp is known in London as the city’s former Poet Laureate, as Western University’s Writer-in-Residence, and as a celebrant of “local heroes” like Teresa Harris of Eldon House. But Penn is also known across Canada and in the United States as a poet of wider vision, a modern creator and performer. She has made noteworthy tours of major cities and smaller centres, holding audiences across the country with her verve, her wit, and the intensity of her perception. She demonstrates and encourages creative intelligence.
In her new book, she will pull us further into her memories of the impact of art and artists, from Emily Carr to Greg Curnoe and Frida Kahlo. But she also plans to explore the impact that all visual art has on our senses and sensibilities.
I have been reading and admiring Penn Kemp’s poetry for many years. Her books are admirable repositories of a unique vision and of an unequalled sense of rhythm and sound play."
Elizabeth Waterston, MC, OOnt, FRSC.
Fall, 2020. Launch of P.S., a poetry chapbook with Sharon Thesen. Kalamalka Press, Vernon, BC.
April 13, 2021, 7 pm. Feature, Forest City Open Mic, for National Poetry Month. Mykonos Restaurant, 572 Adelaide St. N., London. Host Robyn Marie Butt, email@example.com
https://lfpress.com/entertainment/books/new-books-by-london-and-area-authors-just-in-time-for-christmas. On the book page from December 8, 2019-March 2020!
Bill Arnott published a glorious review in The Miramichi Review, https://miramichireader.ca/2020/02/river-revery-poems-penn-kemp/
Jennifer Wenn, Local Heroes, the League of Canadian Poets' STANZA, p.10-13. https://issuu.com/canadianpoets/docs/stanza_16.4_winter_2019, http://poets.ca/community/reviews/
What terrific publicity , thanks to London ON media!
“Listening to the river: London poet Penn Kemp helps explore identity with new book”, The Londoner, November 7, 2019.
Some Past Events
November 16, 2019. Not Your Mother's Poetry. The show features Penn Kemp. www.ckxu.com. Host, Blaine Greenwood, Lethbridge. HELWA! (Beautiful): a sound opera with Bill Gilliam, is followed by poems from Incrementally, with Anne Anglin. https://www.mixcloud.com/BlaineGreenwood/penn-kemp-night-vision-incrementally/
April 13, 2019. 10-6 pm. “Day of the Poets 2”.
Penn will be reading at 3:30pm and also doing a piece with Lillian Allan at 2 pm. The Fireplace, Orangeville Public Library, Mill St., Orangeville ON. Plus “Window Poetry on Broadway”.
Sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
April 11, 2019. 7-8:30 pm. Gathering Voices.. Katerina Fretwell, Penn Kemp, Susan McCaslin and Susan McMaster read for National Poetry Month on the theme of Nature: poets.ca/npm.
Penn iaunched Fox Haunts (Aeolus House) in Fall, 2018.
Mary McDonald’s 4-minute film interprets Penn’s poem, “Wishing Well”, from https:/riverrevery.ca.
Central Library, 251 Dundas Street, London, Ontario N6A 6H9.
Sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets.
April 19, 2018. Local Heroes launched at Museum London.
421 Ridout St N, London, ON.
In Local Heroes, Penn Kemp celebrates legendary cultural heroes from London, Ontario. These poems evoke a specific city in its particular landscape and history. Kemp documents London’s literary and artistic heritage in honouring artists in fields ranging from visual and language arts to figure skating. Presented as an overview, the collection stretches from Victoria explorer Teresa Harris to the contemporary arts scene.
Local Heroes acknowledges the Indigenous peoples here in Souwesto, and the ongoing waves of settlers who have called the area home, as London grew from colonial outpost to vibrant cultural centre. Local Heroes spans time but remains in place.
April 2, 2019. HOWL - CIUT 89.5FM featured Harry Posner, Penn Kemp, and Lillian Allen. http://www.ciut.fm/shows/howl/?fbclid=IwAR23-xdXLZMVIaDPbRe1UKODKHtg2WbKjWvQR8hvtDLcJuzyvz7SdshdJkA
Sunday, September 9, 2018, 4-6 pm. Launch, Aeolus House poets: Ariane Blackman, Brian Cameron, Stanley Fefferman, Tom Hamilton, Penn Kemp and Colin Morton. Pressed (waffle house), 750 Gladstone Ave, Ottawa, ON K1R 6X5. (613) 680-9294. Contact: Allan, email@example.com.
Sept. 10, 7 pm. Launch, Local Heroes and Fox Haunts. Novel Idea, 156 Princess St, Kingston, ON K7L 1B1. Introduced by Elizabeth Greene. Contact: (613) 546-9799, firstname.lastname@example.org. Bruce Kauffman’s radio show “finding a voice”—a showcase of spoken-word events broadcast weekly, Friday 4pm-6pm EST on CFRC 101.9FM. http://126.96.36.199/wp/eventscalendar/
September 12, 7-9 pm. Launch, Aeolus House poets: Ariane Blackman, Brian Cameron, Tom Hamilton, Penn Kemp and Sydney White. Supermarket Restaurant, 268 Augusta Ave., Toronto. Contact: Allan, email@example.com.
September 23, 2018, 1 pm. The Launch of Out of Line, with Tanis MacDonald. Reading and talk with Tanis, Tom Cull and Penn. Oxford Book Shop, 262 Piccadilly St, London, N6A 1S4. Contact: Hilary, 519-438-8336, firstname.lastname@example.org.
I was delighted to be Kalamaka Press Writer in Residence, Caetani Cultural Centre, Vernon BC, October 1-31, 2018. http://www.kalwriters.com/residency/residency.html. Caetani House is the perfect spot for an artistic residency!
October 10, 5:15–6:30 pm. Reading. Contact: Nancy Holmes, Department of Creative Studies, UBC, FIPKE 124, 1148 Research Rd. Kelowna, British Columbia, V1V 1V7.
October 14, 7:00 pm. Reading with Daphne Marlatt. Co-op People’s Bookstore. 1391 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC V5L 3X5. Contact: Rolf (604) 253-6442 email@example.com
October 16, 2018, 8:00 pm. Launch of Local Heroes and reading with Susan McCaslin. Spoken Ink Reading Series, Burnaby Arts Council, Deer Lake Gallery, 6584 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby, BC. Host Lara Varasi, firstname.lastname@example.org (604)240-8903. Sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets and the Canada Council for the Arts.
October 17, 2018, 7:00 pm. Launch and reading with Sharon Thesen. Poets’ Corner, Massy Books, 229 E. Georgia, Vancouver BC. Sponsored by Canada Council.
Contact: James Felton (604) 7676908 email@example.com www.massybooks.com/,
October 18, 2018, 7:00 pm. Launch and reading with Sharon Thesen at Milkcrate Records, 527 Lawrence Ave., Kelowna, BC V1Y 6L8. Contact: Matthew Rader, 250.807.8092 firstname.lastname@example.org
October 22, 2018, 12:30-1:50 pm. Reading, Creative writing Canadian Literature classes, Department of English, Okanagan College, Vernon Campus. Contact: Kerry Gilbert (250) 545-7291 ext 2277. email@example.com
October 24, 2018, 6:30-8:30. Open Mic and Reading. Caetani Cultural Centre, 3401 Pleasant Valley Rd, Vernon, BC V1T 4L4. Contact: Susan Brandoli, executive director,<firstname.lastname@example.org> (250) 275-1525 http://www.kalwriters.com/residency/residency.html.
November 3. The Poet Laureate Presents: a River of Words. I'll be reading poems from River Revery (Insomniac Press, 2019) with Mary McDonald's Augmented Reality presentation, https://riverrevery.ca. Wordsfest, Museum London Theatre, 421 Ridout Street North, London ON. http://wordsfest.ca/events/2018/poet-laureate-presents-river-of-words
November 4. 2018 at 11:00 am. Penn Kemp & Susan Musgrave: Reading and a Conversation with Allan Pero. Wordsfest, Museum London Theatre, 421 Ridout Street North, London ON. http://wordsfest.ca/events/2018/penn-kemp-susan-musgrave-in-conversation
November 3, 2018, 4:30 pm. Wordsfest London. I’m collaborating with multi-media artist, Mary McDonald to match poems with augmented reality video markers. We’ll be presenting part of RIVER REVERY in Tom Cull’s Poet Laureate Presents: a River of Words.Reading poems from River Revery (Insomniac Press, 2019) with Mary McDonald's Augmented Reality presentation from https://riverrevery.ca. Wordsfest, Museum London Theatre, 421 Ridout Street North, London ON. http://wordsfest.ca/events/2018/poet-laureate-presents-river-of-words