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Penn Kemp : Readings, Tours and Events

November 6, 7 pm: Buffalo NY launching SHORT FUSE, Talking Leaves Books, Main St.

November 7, 7:30 pm: Toronto launching Poem for Peace in Many Voices, book and CD. Pteros Gallery for Poets and Painters, Toronto 2255 Dundas Street West Toronto, M6R-1X6. 416-533-5159. half block south of Bloor, at the Dundas West subway station, and north of Roncesvalles

November 9: Toronto Small Press Fair, 11am-5pm at Trinity-St Paul's Centre, 427 Bloor St W, Toronto

November 12, 6:30-7:00 pm: "Flaunting the Arts," CHRW FM 94.7, Radio Western, London ON. On real radio at

November 22: Jeanne Sauvé School, 8 Grange St, Stratford N5A 3P6. Contact: Don Farwell (519) 273 3396

November 23, 9:30 a.m: Stratford Book Festival. The Poets' Panel, Stratford Public Library

November 23, 1-4 p.m: Book Market in the Banquet Hall at Knox Presbyterian Church, Stratford.

December 21: Benefit for Gwendolyn MacEwen. Pteros Gallery for Poets and Painters, Toronto 2255 Dundas Street West Toronto, M6R-1X6. 416-533-5159.

March 29 & 30: "Electronic Words", CHRW Radio Western, London ON.



Bishop Strachan School, Toronto; Victoria P.S., London, ON; St. Mary's, West Lorne; Fern St. P. S., Toronto ON


Artword Theatre, From the Lunar Plexus was launched with a performance by Penn and Bill Gilliam, keyboard.. February 18th, at 8:00 p.m. Toronto.
Artword Theatre, 75 Portland St. Toronto M5V 2M9

March 25, Sunday at 2 p.m. London Forest City Gallery 795 Dundas St. E. London ON
"Dialogue Among Civilizations Through Poetry",

April 5, Friday at 7:00 p.m. Ottawa, April Wine with Ronnie Brown and Susan McMaster.
Mother Tongue Books, 1067 Bank Street

April 11, Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. Regina. The Erratics

April 12, Thursday at 8:00 p.m. Regina.
Saskatchewan Writers Guild Café Series, City Nights/ Café Lights

April 13, Friday at 8:00 p.m. Vancouver
Black Sheep Books 2742 West 4th Ave

April 14, Saturday, at 3:00 p.m., Nanaimo BC
Nanaimo Art Gallery Downtown
150 Commercial St., Nanaimo.

April 20, Friday, Edmonton at 7:30 p.m.
Orlando Books, 10123 Whyte Ave. Edmonton, AB T6E 1Z5

April 26, Thursday at 6:00 pm, Ottawa
National Gallery Garden Court, "Ekphrasis"

April 27, Convergence: Poets for Peace, with Colin Morton for Hon. Maria Minna, House of Parliament

May 4, Friday a.m., Victoria BC 66 1001 Douglas St. with Della Burford
Victoria Community Arts Council

May 4, Friday p.m., Victoria BC 66 1001 Douglas St.
Youth Day-Young Authors/Artists, Sundance school.

May 5, Saturday, Victoria BC 66 1001 Douglas St. with Della Burford
Victoria Community Art Gallery

May 8, Tuesday at 8:00 p.m., Duncan BC
Volume One Bookstore, 149 Kenneth Street

May 18, Thursday at 8:00 p.m., The I.V. Lounge, Toronto
326 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario

May 23rd at 8 pm, Lichen Launch, the Art Bar Reading Series at the Victory Café, 581 Markham Street

June 8, 8-10 pm, League of Canadian Poets' Poetry Slam, Massey College Reception, U. of T.

June 9 at 11 am- 4 pm, Book Arts Fair, Pendas Productions display, books & CD's. Bellefair United Church, Toronto

June 26 at 6:30 9:30 pm, "The Healing Power of Poetry: How to Enhance Creativity, Find Your Muse & Express Your Unique Inner Voice", workshop.

June 27 at 8 pm, Ted Plantos Night in the Art Bar Poetry Series, reading.
The Victory Café, 581 Markham St., Toronto

July 12 at 6:30-8 pm, Thursday: Penn Kemp, Malca Litovitz, Mary Angela Nangini, Terry Watada, York Quai Gallery, 235 Queens' Quay West.

July 25 at 6:30 9:30 pm, "The Healing Power of Poetry: How to Enhance Creativity, Find Your Muse & Express Your Unique Inner Voice", workshop.

August 28 at 6:30 9:30 pm, "The Healing Power of Poetry: How to Enhance Creativity, Find Your Muse & Express Your Unique Inner Voice", workshop.

September 16, 2001, Sunday at 8:00 p.m., The Idler Pub, Toronto

October 10, 2001, Wednesday at 8:00 p.m., The Art Bar Poetry Series
THE VICTORY CAFE, 581 Markham St., Toronto

October 25, 2001, U. of Windsor, Windsor ON
"Wider Boundaries of Daring: The Modernist Impulse in Canadian Women's Poetry"


In December, thanks to a Canada Council travel grant, Penn participated in Samvad, "Dialogue", at Jaipur, India. This International Symposium on Canadian Theatre was sponsored by the Department of Drama of the University of Rajisthan, at the Arts Centre, Jawahar Kala Kendra (Rangayam) in Jaipur. Here, as well as at U. of Mumbai, U. of Rajisthan, and other colleges in India, she presented the poetic drama, VOCAL BRAIDING, written and performed with Patricia Keeney, with dramaturgy by Don Rubin. Penn also gave readings of her poetry and lectures on Canadian writing at Centres for Canadian Studies at the U. of Baroda and U. of Vallabhnagar as well as SNDT University in Mumbai and several more colleges like the International School for Girls, Jaipur and Shree Chandulai Nanavati Women's Institute in Mumbai. To these schools, Penn distributed Canadian books and her own CD's. Penn gave three day workshops to the Refresher course of college teachers of English at U of Mumbai, Santa Cruz, India, in December.
Penn gave her workshop on Sarasvati: the Muse and Creativity at WonderWorks, Toronto.
With Anne Anglin, Penn performed "Suite Ancient Egypt" at the launch of Four Women, King's College, London ON through the Centre for Studies in Creativity. Performing CD/CD-ROM, ON OUR OWN SPOKE, coast to coast. In BC with Pat Keeney, "Vocal Braiding" was presented at several venues. Penn performed at Scarborough Arts Council to celebrate Poetry Contest 2000 and at the Toronto Dollar Community Works "Imagine Difference" readers series. She helped launch Kairos at Art Bar. Penn gave a talk at the AGM, League of Canadian Poets Performance Panel: "From Page to Stage". Penn and Susan McMaster recorded a collage of their sound poems, "Tender Lions", at Alrick Huebener's Ottawa studio. Bill Gilliam, John Magyar and Penn presented ON OUR OWN SPOKE at MSAC in Guelph as part of the launch of FOUR WOMEN, Red Kite Press.


Reading at Bishop's College School, Lennoxville; Monaco's, Hamilton; Art Bar, Toronto. Reading tour of WHEN THE HEART PARTS to Vancouver, Hornby Island, Vancouver Island. In Toronto, Anne Anglin and Penn performed "Flush, Flash, Flood" and "Night Orchestra" at the Hart House Library. Art Bar, Oasis and 360 Club. They presented "When The Heart Parts" in Playwrights' Cabaret, Theatre Passe Muraille and Factory Lab Theatre. Penn and Susan McMaster recorded a collage of their sound poems, "Tender Lions", at Alrick Huebener's Ottawa studio. Penn with Honey Novick and Dan Sargeant performed for the Poets For Peace celebration at Oasis in Toronto. At Art Bar, Penn read to launch an issue of "Intangible" magazine and celebrate 30 year anniversary for Black Moss Press. She performed from WHEN THE HEART PARTS on June 26 with Anne Anglin at Theatre Passe Muraille and in the Playwrights' Cabaret, Factory Theatre Lab, Toronto. The poems from WHEN THE HEART PARTS were expanded to an hour-long sound opera, including "The Net of Elementals". The whole piece was performed at University of Guelph, November 1999 with Anne Anglin, John Blackwood at the University of Guelph, as part of a conference on "A Visionary Tradition: Canadian Literature and Culture at the Turn of the Millennium". The CD, WHEN THE HEART PARTS, was launched in Toronto at Oasis and RiotArt at 360 Club.
Penn presented a weekend on Sarasvati: the Muse and Creativity at Gaden Choling, Toronto, and in Duncan on Vancouver Island.
Penn gave writing workshops at Bishop's College School in Lennoxville April 24th and Ottawa at the Masc Festival Young Author's Festival in Ottawa, April 26-28. In May, she judged all four categories of poetry for the Conference of Independent Teachers of English Poetry and presented prizes to the winners, with a reading of her poetry at St. George College School.


Reading at Bishop's College School, Lennoxville; Vox Feminarum, Waterloo; Monaco's, Hamilton; Art Bar, Toronto. Reading tour to Saskatoon, Vancouver, Salt Spring Island, Vancouver Island, Whitehorse and Yukon with sounding workshops. "Stone Soup Sounding", with Anne Anglin, Penn and James Harbeck, was recorded by John Magyar of PsychoSpace Sound at the "Abundance" Concert, Church of the Holy Trinity, Toronto, November 1998.


A short story, "Island Worlds" in Scenes (Spring '97). With Ann Armin on viola, Penn performed for SCENES Live! and SCRIBES & MUSES! at the Rivoli, Toronto. Her work-shop, What Springs To Mind, included a weekend in August '97 at Novalis, Beaverton, ON.


Writing workshops based on her book on creativity, What Springs To Mind, in Aurora, Beaverton, Durham, Lennoxville, London & Ottawa as well as a Festival of writing at Bishop's University, Lennoxville. Penn and Daphne Marlatt gave readings for the conference "Writing the Self out of Silence" at York U. With Egyptologist Daniel Kolos, she participated in a daylong conference at AMORC Toronto, "Egyptian Mysteries". She participated in a symposium on ancient civilizations at the University of Delaware, "Return to the Source".
At The Music Gallery in Toronto, Penn performed her dramatic homage to India, "Temporary Harmonies", with musician/composers Butterfly Effects (Wes Wraggett and Richard Warner), Penn's work was featured in Arc ('96) with a profile on her by Norma Lundberg.


Tour in India (Jan.-Mar.): readings and seminars sponsored by Indian Institute for Canadian Studies at 8 women's groups and colleges in Mumbai. Writer in Residence, SNDT Women's University, Mumbai. Jazz gigs at Cameron House, Toronto with Handslang based on her sound piece, Jamming in the Bardo.


Epiphanies taped at the Glen Gould Studio, with Anne Anglin and David Prentice. Featured on a CBC FM special, "Sounding Off" and on CIUT. Penn's play, What The Ear Hears Last, was produced in May at The Gathering, Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto. With Anne Anglin, Penn gave 6 benefit performances for What The Ear Hears Last. Featured Performer at the Rites of Spring, National Library, London Public Library, Poetry Festival, Sheridan College, Oakville. Readings, R2D2 Bookstore, Women in Print Bookstore, Vancouver. In 1993 and 1994, she orchestrated The Poetry Café with 17 schools participating in a day long festival of poetry which her students generated over 8 days of writing workshops. The poems are published in Twelfth Key, a poetry magazine Penn edits for student writing, with her workshops described.


Whitehorse; Vancouver Public Library, R2D2Books; Denman Island, Salt Spring Island, Gabriola Island, Mayne Island, North York General Hospital, Idler Pub (Toronto), Hornby Island, Northern Writers' Circle, Whitehorse. The League of Poets sponsored a second tour of nine readings and workshops in the Yukon as well as BC in April/May, 1993. In Whitehorse, she opened the Writers' Festival and attended a 'celebrated authors' supper for Writers' Development Trust, where she won the prize for best poem composed and performed. She read at U.B.C., bookstores and twice at the Vancouver Library in gala events.


Nakai Theatre Writer's Festival in Whitehorse, Yukon, April/May. Penn was honoured as Foremother of League of Canadian Poets, Feminist Caucus, A.G.M, National Library, Ottawa. In Oct., she was one of four speakers during Humber College's Silver Anniversary Speaker Series. Her topic was "Silence/ Violence: Breaking the Code".

Readings & Workshops
  • Colleges and Universities: Batavia, Bishop's, Carlton, Champlain, Concordia, Dalhousie, Erie, Fredonia, Guelph, Humber, Jamestown, John Abbot, King's College Halifax, London, Laurentian, McMaster, Memorial, New Caledonia, Niagara, OISE, Trail, Trent, Villa Maria, U. of Alberta, BC, Dalhousie, Guelph, King's College, McGill, New Brunswick, S.U.N.Y (Buffalo), Saskatchewan, Toronto, UWO, Victoria, Windsor, York.
  • Galleries, Libraries and other Centres: A Space, Annex Arts Centre, Art Bar, Artspace, Artword Theatre, BamBoo Club, Bernard Betel Centre for Creative Living, Blacksheep Books, Blind River Library, Cardinal Carter Library, Center for Creative Movement (NYC), Convocation Hall, Creative Conscious Center (Long Island), Dundas Carnegie Library, Ear Inn, Factory Theatre Lab, Forest City, Free Times Café, Gaden Choling, Great George St. Gallery, Green River Community Centre, Hamilton Art Gallery, Harbourfront, Hart House, Hornby Island Centre, Isadora's, I.V. Lounge, Toronto, KAAI, Jewish Community Centre, Kontakte, Lakehead Unitarian Fellowship, Latitude 53, Lee's Palace, Lethbridge Art Gallery, London Libary, Literary Storefront, Macdonald-Stewart Arts Centre, Markham University Women's Club, McIntosh (UWO) Monaco's, MSAC (U. of Guelph), Memorial Art Gallery, Mother Tongue Books, Music Gallery, Nanaimo Art Gallery, National Art Gallery, National Library, Niagara, Arts Centre, North York Arts Council, North York General Hospital, Oasis, Octopus Books, Off Centre Centre, Open Space, Orlando Books, Peopleart, Pickers' Paradise, Poetry Project (NYC), Printed Passage, R2D2 Books, Rivoli, Saskatchewan Writers Guild Café Series, City Nights/ Café Lights, Scarborough Bluffs Gallery, Stratford Library, S.C.M. Bookstore, Stroud Gloucestershire, TheBook Store, The New Orphic Gallery, '360', Theatre Passe Muraille, Thunder Bay Library, Vancouver Library, Véhicule, Victoria Arts Council Gallery, Volume One, Western Front, Whitewater Gallery, Womanspirit Gallery, Women In Print, Yukon Arts Centre, Yukon Library.
  • Festivals, Celebrations, Panels and Symposia:
    • "A Visionary Tradition: Canadian Literature and Culture at the Turn of the Millennium", U. of Guelph 99
    • Abundance Concert (Church of the Holy Trinity) 98
    • Arts Days
    • BamBoo Club "One More Time"
    • Buffalo Summerfest
    • Canadian Women Writing: Atkinson Women's Studies
    • Feminist Caucus "Women & Language" (League of Poets AGM, Kingston 87)
    • "Silence" Panel, Foremothers Reading, League of Poets' AGM Ottawa 92, "From Page to Stage", Performance Poetry Panel, League of Poets' AGM Halifax 2000
    • Findhorn Arts Festival
    • The Great Lakes project, Harbourfront 2001
    • Humber College's Speaker Series (25th Anniversary, 92)
    • Panel on Dreams and Inspiration, "Imprint" TVO, 93
    • International Sound Poetry Festival (NYC)
    • Kairos launch
    • Killaloe Fair
    • Labrador Arts Festival
    • Language Arts Festival 96 (Lennoxville, PQ)
    • Lincoln Centre Summer Solstice
    • MASC Multicultural Young Authors' 92/ 99)
    • OCTE (84,84), Ont. Teachers' Fed.
    • Nfld. Writers' Guild
    • NOWW
    • Peterborough Poetry Festival (85-88)
    • Poets For Peace
    • Renaissance Fair
    • Sask. Writer's Guild
    • Scarborough "Fine Lines" Festival
    • Scarborough Arts Council Poetry Contest 2000
    • Poetry Festival, Sheridan College Oakville (94)
    • Sound Symposium 84 (Nfld.)
    • Shaw Cable 2000
    • "To Say the Least" (Harbourfront)
    • Toronto Area Women's Research Colloquium (88)
    • Toronto Dollar Community Works
    • World Symposium on Humanity (79)
    • Writes of Spring (Ottawa), Voice of Women (99)
    • Vox Feminarum launch (98)

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