Delight Found in Language
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 will publish the book, RIVER REVERY, Fall, 2019.
QR codes in River Revery will 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.
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.
"Scaling the Colour Bar", feature. Lackadaisy, Spring/Summer 2019 Issue Onen, 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/
“Sveva Caetani, Catalyst for Creativity”, “Winds Chime”, SAGE-ING with Creative Spirit, Grace & Gratitude || The Journal of Creative Aging, hhttp://www.sageing.ca/sageing29.
"Christmas at the Equator", Acta Victoriana, Spring issue, 2019, vol 143.2.
“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 called today, recording 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/
May 2020. Launch of P.S., a poetry chapbook with Sharon Thesen. Kalamalka Press, Vernon, BC.
Celebrating Poetry...& Souwesto
This summer and fall, thanks to I am working on a new poetry manuscript, Souwesto with videopoems by the uber-talented Dennis Siren. Many thanks to London Arts Council for a CAIP grant, #CommunityArtsInvestmentProgram and to Ontario Arts Council for a Publisher Recommender grant.
"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.
“How Endings Multiply” – September 25, 2019, Poetry Pause from Fox Haunts. Poetry Pause, http://poets.ca/poetrypause/
Review, Bill Arnott. Fox Haunts, Big Pond, Summer 2019. http://www.big-pond-rumours.com/
“Along the Line” and “On the Other Hand of Time”, Cold Strawberries Collective Alternative Magazine, first issue, 2019.
“What we did not know in 1972. What we know now”. Anthology, Resistance: A Poetic Response to Sexual Assault. Editor: Sue Goyette. Coteau Books
"Waving Hands at Clouds”, Synaeresis 7, , 2019.
“For Wonder and for Wild”, Dialogue, Fall, 2019.
Poetry in National Poetry Month
What terrific publicity , thanks to London ON media!
Thursday, April 11, 2019. 7-8:30 pm. Gathering Voices. Katerina Fretwell, Penn Kemp, Susan McCaslin and Susan McMaster are reading for National Poetry Month on the theme of Nature: poets.ca/npm.
Penn iaunchied Fox Haunts (Aeolus House). We’ll be showing Mary McDonald’s 4-minute film interpreting 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.
Saturday, 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: email@example.com
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, 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, email@example.com. 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/
Wednesday, Sept. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, 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, email@example.com.
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!
Wednesday, 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.
Sunday 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, 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, email@example.com (604)240-8903. Sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets and the Canada Council for the Arts.
Wednesday, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org www.massybooks.com/,
Thursday, 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 email@example.com
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, 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,<email@example.com> (250) 275-1525 http://www.kalwriters.com/residency/residency.html.
Saturday, 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
Sunday, 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
Saturday, 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