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Penn Kemp
Works at Pendas Productions
Attended OISE, U. of Toronto
Lives in London Ontario
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My v. strange tale up today https://jellyfishreview.wordpress.com/2016/01/26/cat-a-gory-by-penn-kemp/ …!  Thanks, Chris!
Cat a Gory November-27-15: I come upon mom and dad in the living room of my childhood home, sharing something private. Dad’s chest is bare, revealing two huge breasts. I don’t know how to respond, ...
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Between/Between, Text by Penn Kemp. Video: Dennis Siren!
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Lovely. Here's to the work we came here to do... in Joy!  A Sweet Sixteen to you, dear Sophia!
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“Xtra Texture”, Levels 1-3 with electroacoustic composer
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One of London’s most acclaimed poets, Penn Kemp, has a few choice words for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump after his call for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S.
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“A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.” Thomas Mann got it right. But writing's also more fun unless we're all masochists:)
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A poem for Solstice Night....

The last verses are from "from Dream Sequins" with the brilliant Steven McCabe, Lyrical Myrical Press.

All Things Considered

On the shelf inside the storm,
an empty pitcher of light awaits
sage and summer savory... Now.
At the turning of the year after nadir
of deepest darkness, the small Moon
of Long Night turns to beam ....
https://pennkemp.wordpress.com/2015/12/21/poem-for-solstice-night/
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All Things Considered On the shelf inside the storm, an empty pitcher of light awaits sage and summer savory.  All puns are planted to present these things as if saying were enough to conjure the perfect illusion illuminated. Now.  At the turning of the…
All Things Considered On the shelf inside the storm, an empty pitcher of light awaits sage and summer savory. All puns are planted to present these things as if saying were enough to conjure the p...
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The Invocation

Come and say hello, women. The veils are still
thin and we welcome your presence, fourteen
plus all the disappeared whom you stand for.

As if you were in the prime of life now. As if
your daughters bloomed full-grown around you.
As if your mothers were crying delighted tears...

https://pennkemp.wordpress.com/2015/11/27/the-invocation-2/
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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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CHRW News and Spoken Word: Gathering Voices - Mary Condren
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Gathering Voices - Interview with Mary Condren for Brescia's Brighid Festival... download mp3. Irish scholar Mary Condren returns for Bresci

Trump’s policies fuel poetic tribute
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One of London’s most acclaimed poets, Penn Kemp, has a few choice words for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump after his call fo

The Place of Shining Light
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Three men race against time to take possession of a sacred 5,000-year-old Buddhist sculpture: Khalid, a leading Pakistani antiquities dealer

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GIVER OF LIFE / TAKER OF LIFE / I MUST NOT CONFUSE YOU WITH GOD (from PR...
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§ prisoner Linda Pyke MacMillan Company of Canada, 1978 Facebook. Love it or hate it (and I confess to both), it can certainly lead you to p

Festival for 50-plus returns
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The Creative Age Festival London is back this week for its second edition, a year older and ready to branch out to six London Public Library

Home - Creative Age Network Canada
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Celebrate the creative achievements and potential of all older adults in our communities.

Poetry, mystery feted this week
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The cross-Canada celebration of April as National Poetry Month is finishing with a flourish in London.

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.