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Penn Kemp
Works at Pendas Productions
Attended OISE, U. of Toronto
Lives in London Ontario
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A poem may be the most natural form for a poet writing about another poet…what better way to write an appreciation of one of my favourite Canadian poets ever? This piece was published in an earlier version in my book, Trance Form, Soft Press, in 1976, reprinted by Pendas Productions.
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London poet Penn Kemp wants us all to be more like goats. That’s the message behind a poem she’s penned to commemorate the Chinese New Year.
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"In the U.S., Obama has opted to use the last two years of his tenure to attempt to bring about social and economic change. Yet there was a time when people thought he would start with such things, not end with them in a lame duck scenario. Enough with institutional cynicism; get on with the task of remaking the country on the basis of our progressive ideals and not some corporate ideology."
THE FEDERAL LIBERALS CAUCUSED IN LONDON this week and it was good to see some old friends. Justin Trudeau was struggling through a bout of food poisoning and his caucus was focusing on the one issu...
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March Forth. ye activists! March 4th for Spring, ultimately! The one day of the year that is a direct command:)
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Come to Eldon House Interpretive Centre on March 8, 2:30 pm for Music of the Harris Family and Poems from Possessions: The Eldon House Poems! Eldon House Interpretive Centre, 481 Ridout Street, Lon...
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Can't be heard without JOY!  Jai Ram!
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Love this anthology of Love Letters out just in time to order for Valentine's, from Goose Lane Editions!  Audio up on http://wherethenights.tumblr.com/post/109303073146/penn-kemp-1975-age-31-from-where-the-nights-are
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  • OISE, U. of Toronto
    M.Ed., History & Philosphy
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formerly Penny Chalmers
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Activist poet, performer, playwright. Sound Operas. Inaugural Poet Laureate for the City of London ON.
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Canadian activist poet, performer and playwright Penn Kemp has published twenty-five books of poetry and drama, had six plays and ten CDs produced as well as Canada's first poetry CD-ROM and several award-winning videopoems.  She performs in festivals around the world.  Her Muse News is renewed monthly on http://www.mytown.ca/pennletters/ and on http://facebook.com/pages/Penn-Kemp/126450531030?created.  Penn can also be heard on myspace.com/pennkemp and http://www.mytown.ca/pennkemp/

Penn hostsGathering Voices on Radio Western, CHRW 94.9 FM.  Gathering Voices airs every second Tuesday from 6-6:30 pm/am on http://chrwradio.ca/content/gathering-voices-upcoming.  Archives of past interviews, writing exercises and Penn’s sound operas are now up on chrwradio.com/talk/gatheringvoices.

Penn is the League of Canadian Poets' 40th Life Member.  She has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to the arts in 2012.  Penn has been the inaugural Poet Laureate for the City of London, Ontario, 2010-2.  She was Canada Council Writer-in-Residence at  the University of Western Ontario for 2009-10.  

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Poetry as performance works because it is primarily aural, true to its origins around a Neolithic fire."  Sound Opera is a new form Penn developed in performance and recording in a desire to lift poetry off the page to the stage.  "Sound Opera is based on text but it expands poetic possibilities to include voice, music and computer manipulation to express narrative when emotions burst the seams of print."
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Activist poet, performer and playwright, Penn Kemp is2014-5 writer-in-residence for Creative Aging London, http://creativeage.ca. She is the League of Canadian Poets' 2012 honorary Life Member and the inaugural Poet Laureate for the City of London, Ontario. Her book, Jack Layton: Art in Action (quattrobooks.ca), launches in May 2013. She received the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Award for contributions to Canadian arts and culture.
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Writer, Performer, Editor, Publisher.
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  • Pendas Productions
    Writer, Performer, Editor, Publisher., present
  • University of Western Ontario
    Writer-in-Residence, 2009 - 2010
  • City of London Ontario
    Poet Laureate, 2010 - 2012
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Kemp’s winning verses salutes our Olympians
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Their movements are fluid, sometimes awe-inspiring for audiences.

Anthology: Poetic yearning fills many charged pages
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‘Love is a tricky bastard,” Ivan E. Coyote writes to an unknown recipient in August 2004.

Chinese New Year inspires London poet
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London poet Penn Kemp wants us all to be more like goats. That’s the message behind a poem she’s penned to commemorate the Chinese New Year.

Kemp bringing dad’s story home
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London poet, playwright and author Penn Kemp is familiar with “dreams and expectations.”

On The Other Hand of Time by Penn Kemp and Friends
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Poor Penn struggled somewhat with posting this so asked if I would help. So I did. Here is Penn, with help from Brenda McMorrow (Music) and

Tuning in to change
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Twenty-five years after the murders in Montreal, some of the strongest voices of remembrance and calls for action are in London.

Ursula K Le Guin's speech at National Book Awards: 'Books aren't just co...
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In a passionate speech at the National Book Awards, the science fiction author, who was picking up a lifetime achievement award, takes aim a

The 2014 Governor General's Literary Award winners
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Acclaimed author and scholar Thomas King is among the 2014 Governor General's Literary Award winners. King won the English

Three small press books worth a read
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The Pull of the Moon by Julie Paul; The Search for Heinrich Schlögel by Martha Baillie; The Freedom in American Songs by Kathleen Winter

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With 11 new faces joining London City Council, there’s bound to be a big learning curve ahead — for both politicians and the people who elec

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Monday was a remarkable night for London’s municipal politics. Change swept through the city, leaving incumbent councillors defeated and dis

Organizers look to build on initial success
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The word on the first Words fest is good.

Meet Your Muse - Creative Writing Workshop with Penn Kemp
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Meet Your Muse - Creative Writing Workshop with Penn Kemp at London Public Library on Wednesday Oct 29, 2014 at 7:00PM

Celebrating the talents of those who excel with words
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For as long as there have been words there have been people who have taken the time to craft them into brilliant stories, poems, songs, even

Words play
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At long last, Words.

Malala
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On October 9, 2013, the one-year anniversary of 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai’s shooting by the Taliban for speaking out for the right of ...

Jack Layton: Art in Action
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Jack Layton: Art in Action is a book of anecdotes and commentary about Jack Layton and his involvement with Canadian arts and cultures. H...

Playwright and actor Linda Griffiths dies from cancer
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Performer, whose well-known works included Age of Arousal and Maggie and Pierre, was 60

Karen Solie is the judge of this year's Robert Kroetsch Award
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We are thrilled to have Karen Solie as our judge for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry! Karen is a Griffin Prize-winning poet