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September, 2021. The videopoem, "Becoming", is up on https://youtu.be/z5INYt3Y4Xk. "Becoming", my poem matched with Jim Kemp's painting for 80mL Exhibition to celebrate Museum London's 80th Birthday. http://80ml.museumlondon.ca/exhibition/untitled-kemp/. The poem and painting are up on https://www.ekphrastic.net/ekphrastic-journal/becoming-by-penn-kemp. “Becoming” originated in my poem written in response to my father’s painting followed by Bill’s music and imagery: truly very meta art about art about art.
And on a hot night, this videopoem! "Night Orchestra" is a poem written and performed by sound poet Penn Kemp with music and sound design by composer Bill Gilliam. The visual editing is by Gera Dillon using stock footage by No Copyright Videos and other sources. Title background image by Jim Kemp: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98OEWklDcYY
A Near Memoir: new poems (Beliveau Books) launched on Earth Day: https://beliveaubooks.wixsite.com/home/books. Four poems from A Near Memoir (“Drawing Conclusions”, “A Convoluted Etymology of the Course Not Taken”, “Celebrating Souwesto Trees” & “You There”) appear in Beliveau Review, Vol. 2 No. 2 Issue 5, out now on https://beliveaubooks.wixsite.com/home/magazines.
Reviews are up on:
https://periodicityjournal.blogspot.com/2021/08/kim-fahner-near-memoir-new-poems-penn.html August 4
https://poets.ca/2021/07/06/review-a-near-memoir-new-poems-by-penn-kemp/ by Katerina Fretwell
Memoria Tenere: Penn Kemp’s A Near Memoir: New Poems Number 37, Summer 2021by Richard-Yves Sitoski.
Published poems are up now on
SUSTAINING CONNECTION", Penn Kemp and Richard-Yves Sitoski”. Sage-ing With Creative Spirit, Grace and Gratitude.
http://www.sageing.ca/sageing37.html, P. 25. Number 37, Summer 2021.
“Wednesday’s Man”, THE THE. Catherine Owen, editor and commentator. June 22, 2021. Issue 4. https://thethe128597508.wordpress.com/
"Heraclitus, Ongoing", 8th issue of Beliveau Review, 2021,
https://beliveaubooks.wixsite.com/home/magazines "Spring CorresponDance", “Mary and Her Men”, Beliveau Review. https://beliveaubooks.wixsite.com/home/magazines, 7th issue
Poetry London chose my poem, “Called, Culled, Chosen, Caught”, as the 2nd place winner of their 2021 contest, up on https://poetrylondon.ca/poetry-contest/. A video reading is up on https://vimeo.com/542243070.
Judge Phil Hall wrote: “Jack Spicer used the metaphor of poet as radio, picking up frequencies. Here he is invoked by synchronicity, and then rejected. This poem thinks fast from line to line as it plays at tuning, then finds and defends its stance. It uses space to imply a hesitation of steps— not by logic, but by something close to it — logic's intuition— as based in the writing act.”
Three poems, “Frida Kahlo on Exhibit”, “Invocation” and “Her Orbit of Ellipsis” are now up on Necro Productions #5, Feminism, Spring 2021.https://necroproductions.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Fem-v3.pdf
“Called, Culled, Chosen, Caught”, for Gregory Betts, Blew Candle, Semanti$ Press, April 2021
"What we did not know in 1972. What we know now.” Resistance Anthology: Righteous Rage in the Age of #Metoo. Sue Goyette, editor. University of Regina Press, Spring 2021.
“Strike/Struck/ Stroke”, These Days Zine #10, Jeff Blackman, publisher, firstname.lastname@example.org. https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/HorsebrokePress?coupon=EIGHTNINETEN
“Drawing Conclusions”, “A Convoluted Etymology of the Course Not Taken”, “Celebrating Souwesto Trees” and “You There”. Beliveau Review, Vol. 2 No. 2 Issue 5, Spring 2021. https://beliveaubooks.wixsite.com/home/magazines.
“To Carry the Heart of Community Wherever You Find Yourself”. Sage-ing With Creative Spirit, Grace and Gratitude, http://www.sageing.ca/sageing36.html, P. 12. Number 36, Spring 2021.
"Re:Solution", performed with Anne Anglin. Sound Poetry DJ mix. Limited edition audio cassette. Editors, Andreas Bülhoff & Marc Matter, <email@example.com
"What Matters", "Studies in Anticipation", "Hope the Thing", Possible Utopias: the Wordsfest Eco Zine, Issue 6. http://www.wordsfest.ca/zine, March 2021.
"Tangled”, P. 124-5. “Snarl”, P. 150-1. Voicing Suicide. Daniel G. Scott, editor, firstname.lastname@example.org. Ecstasis Editions, 2020.
SAGE-ING: Wider and Deeper", P. 9-11.
SAGE-ING with Creative Spirit, Grace & Gratitude || The Journal of Creative Aging, Number 35, Winter 2021, http://www.sageing.ca/.
“A Short History of Epiphany”, p. 38. https://beliveaubooks.wixsite.com/home/beliveau-review, https://2e8a8d6d-e97c-4235-92c8-7aa31bae0d77.filesusr.com/ugd/830f0d_846ba1cde5be4432a8eeccec45b5cfb5.pdf
“The Choice to Take or to Receive: Bounty”, p. 37. https://beliveaubooks.wixsite.com/home/beliveau-review, https://2e8a8d6d-e97c-4235-92c8-7aa31bae0d77.filesusr.com/ugd/830f0d_846ba1cde5be4432a8eeccec45b5cfb5.pdf
“For bpNichol”, Echolocations Magazine #18, https://www.echolocationmagazine.com/. Recording: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CF0fI3tA1ef/?igshid=5unlmzn1xl97 @ 52.15.
“List List”, Sad Girl Review, Issue 5, www.sadgirlreview.com.
“The Social Life of Trees”, in Ariel Gordon’s #TreeTalk: Domestic Pandemic.
“Choice”, Train Poetry Journal. October 5, 2020
My poem, "Believe" is in the "Poem in Your Pocket Day" booklet: http://poets.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/NPM20_Booklet.pdf
Recently Published Play Info
Here's the update of my work of Playwright Biography Project:
https://cwrc.ca/islandora/object/cwrc%3A53bf983f-2025-4c27-ae1e-86ddb0e11645, August 2020.
“Dichte” and “Cancel Culture”, EVENT 50/2 (September, 2021. http://www.eventmagazine.ca
"Trash Talk", "River Revery", https://www.watchyourhead.ca/. Editor Kathryn Mockler
Weather Vane, Whether Vain, Whither and Thither” and
“Black, White and Red All Over Town”, An Avian Alphabet. Edited by Susan McCaslin, with woodcut prints by Edith Krause.
"We are gonna begin writing sometime when..."
"Re:Solution", performed with Anne Anglin. Sound Poetry. Limited cassette. Andreas Bülhoff & Marc Matter, <email@example.com
Interview, Bill Arnott’s Artist Showcase, https://billarnottaps.wordpress.com/bills-artist-showcase/
P.S., poetry chapbook with Sharon Thesen.
“Dichte” and “Cancel Culture”, EVENT 50/2 (Fall 2021) or 50/3 (Winter 2021/22). http://www.eventmagazine.ca
Recently on Wordpress
London Arts Council awarded me a 2020 City of London's Community Arts Investment Program grant for memoir.
Catherine Owen awarded me THE FIRST ANNUAL MUTTSY AWARD FOR RENEGADE CREATORS 2020 in honour of Joe Rosenblatt.
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.
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/
Mary McDonald's entrancing video poem, “Wishing Well”, was selected from nearly 2000 submissions by the programme commission to be a part of the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival. The ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival took place from 19 to 22 November 2020 in the Kino in der KulturBrauerei in Berlin. You can see Mary McDonald’s animation and my text on https://riverrevery.ca/text-of-river-revery/wishing-well/!
“Wishing Well” was shown at Lyra, Bristol Poetry Festival in the Poetry Film Section of the 2020 Newlyn PZIFF, http://liberatedwords.com/2020/02/29/poetry-films-for-the-environment-at-lyra-bristol-14-march/ and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dofZI09cpf8.
"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/
My latest book, RIVER REVERY (Insomniac Press) was featured in the virtual Wordsfest: The book was launched Nov. 2 2019at 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
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 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.
Recently Published Prose
“Collaborating: Interconnecting: Responding”, Fall 2020. http://www.sage-ing.com/Sage-ing34.pdf
"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.
“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.
“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/
Playwright Biography Project
Re:Solution”, performed with Anne Anglin. Sound Poetry DJ mix. Limited edition audio cassette. Editors, Andreas Bülhoff & Marc Matter, <firstname.lastname@example.org
Up now! Poetry is celebrated here.
Zoom and Radio... Forthcoming Events
September 8 and September 25, 2021. "What Matters" and "Believe", Dial-a-Poem / Allo-Poèmes: audio recordings on a free telephone line, Montreal.
September 10, 2021. "Poem for the Fairy Creek Elders
Anthology edited by Christine Lowther.
September 5, 2021, 7:30-9:35pm. Red Lion Reading Series, 23 Albert St., Stratford ON. I'll be reading from A NEAR MEMOIR: NEW POEMS as Featured Poet, https://beliveaubooks.wixsite.com/redlionreadingseries/shows.
https://www.facebook.com/events/110970911119609. Sponsored by the League @CanadianPoets!
National Poetry Month Readings NPM2021 & on into May!
These readings are sponsored by the League @CanadianPoets!
April 18, 4pm EDT. Our group reading from the anthology, Voicing Suicide, is hosted by Josie di Sciascio-Andrews with Daniel Scott Editor. Contact: <email@example.com>.
April 20, 2021, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT. Join us for a party in virtual reality, featuring Kelly Kaur, Nancy R. Lange, Laurie MacFayden, Valerie Mason-John, Gregory Betts, Laurie Anne Fuhr, Jocko Benoit & Penn Kemp. #All you need is a computer ://bit.ly/31JadY6. Co-hosted by Kelly Kaur and Lyn Cadence. https://pic.twitter.com/okIfLuw93w.
April 25, 2021, 1 PM EDT.. National Poetry Month zoom and launch of Femmes de Parole/Women of their Word, edited by Nancy R Lange. The readers for Femmes de parole / Women of their word on the 25th will be Mireille Cliche (QC), Catherine Fortin (QC), Louise Bernice Halfe, Penn Kemp, Nancy R Lange(QC), Genevieve Letarte, (QC), Sharon Thesen and Sheri-D Wilson! Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Truly marvellous. You can hear the session on ihttps://www.facebook.com/rappelparolecreation/videos/462758444999048. Sharon's and my section runs from 28:35 to 50:35. FEMMES DE PAROLE-WOMEN OF THEIR WORD https://fb.watch/56S6n8wa7d/
May 4, 2021, 2pm EDT. Bill's Artist Showcase readings
May 20, 2021. Feature, Owen Sound Poet Laureate Open Mic series. Host: Richard-Yves Sitoski
June 1, 2021, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT. "Do you read me?" Join us for a theatre party in virtual reality, featuring Penn with video poem collaborations with Bill Gilliam, Mary McDonald and Dennis Siren. Hosted by Lyn Cadence. Reading sponsored by Playwrights' Guild of Canada.
June 1, 2021, RESISTANCE: the official launch, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kTVd2w_VSQ.
Resistance: Righteous Rage in the Age of #MeToo.
https://uofrpress.ca/Books/R/Resistance. Sue Goyette, editor. Hosted by University of Regina Press.
My poem, “What we did not know in 1972. What we know now.” https://pennkemp.wordpress.com/2021/06/12/resistance-an-anthology-2/
“What we did not know in 1972. What has changed.” Reading, up at 29:30- 31:30 on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kTVd2w_VSQ.
Celebrating International Women's Day
March 8, 2021. 7 – 8:30 p.m. "CHOOSE TO CHALLENGE: Finding Common Ground Through Dialogue", Featuring keynote address by Waneek Horn-Miller. Celebrating International Women's Day at the 2021 Hanycz Lecture/International Women’s Day event. 8:15 p.m. Penn's reading, commissioned by Brescia University College, London, is sponsored by Playwrights Guild of Canada. Contact: Linda, email@example.com.
February 27, 2021.11:00am EST. “Craft Bites!” Live Zoom reading and discussion with Sarah Adams. Penn reads from The Triumph of Teresa Harris. Sponsored by Playwrights Guild of Canada. Moderator, Mindy Doherty Griffiths, firstname.lastname@example.org
February 19, 2021. "Steal, Stole, Stun". One Minute Poem, Poets Corner Reading Series. From FOX HAUNTS, P. 15 (Aeolus House) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5Dtvlc5rNE. https://poetscorner.ca/one-minute-poem/.
February, 2021. "We are gonna begin writing sometime when..." from "Re:Solution". Performed with Anne Anglin. Sound Poetry DJ mix on https://www.mixcloud.com/spoken_matter/sound-poetry-mix-tape/. Editors, Andreas Bülhoff & Marc Matter, <email@example.com
February, 2021. "Heart to Art" from Barbaric Cultural Practice (Quattro Books) https://pennkemp.wordpress.com/2016/02/14/valentine-poem
January 28, 2021, 7-8pm PT. Zoom. “Voicing Suicide”, an anthology edited by Daniel G. Scott. Inspired Words Café Public Reading Series, Kelowna BC with Nancy Holmes. Penn reads "Tangled" and "Snarled".
“For Penn Kemp, poetry is magic made manifest. While her subjects are varied, and her interests and approaches have evolved over the years, Kemp has always understood the power of spoken word to evoke emotion, shift consciousness, and shape the world. Drawing on a syncretic blend of spiritual philosophy informed by Alchemy, Buddhism, Hinduism, and other wisdom traditions, Kemp’s work is imminent and transcendent, embodied and cerebral. The words on the page produce certain effects, while the voices in the air produce others altogether.” Nick Beauchesne. The Sounds of Trance Formation: An Interview with Penn Kemp”, SpokenWebCanada podcast, @SpokenWebCanada, December 2020.
I participated in several other zoom readings.
November 15, 2020: "The Words Festival is very pleased to present two of Canada's finest poets, Jane Munro & Penn Kemp! Our host for the afternoon was Phil Glennie": http://wordsfest.ca/events/2020/jane-munro-penn-kemp-in-conversation.The recording of my reading and conversation with Jane Munro, is up on https://vimeo.com/498423922 or
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!”
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
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/
Celebrating Poetry... & Souwesto
This winter 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.
Launch of P.S., a poetry chapbook with Sharon Thesen. Kalamalka Press, Vernon, BC.
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!
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
April 13, 2019. 10-6 pm. “Day of the Poets 2”.
Penn read and performed a piece with Lillian Allan. 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://184.108.40.206/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