Gathering Voices, April 11

Your invitation to “Gathering Voices”​, an evening of poetry at London Central Library.​​

Come celebrate Nature and National Poetry Month with us!
Thursday, April 11, 2019. 7-8:30 pm.
Stevenson & Hunt Room, Central Library, 251 Dundas Street, London N6A 6H9.

Katerina Fretwell, Susan McCaslin (the RhiZoom B(l)oomers) and Susan McMaster will be reading with me for National Poetry Month on the theme of Nature:
Sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets.

I will be launching FOX HAUNTS! And we will begin the evening with the first showing of Mary McDonald marvellous short film interpretation of my poem, “Wishing Well”. See ​https:/

Free admission.  Books and CDs by the authors will be available for sale.

Celebrating International Poetry Day, ongoing!

Sunshine and Spring!,

Penn Kemp

Backgrounder for Fox Haunts


Katerina Fretwell’s ninth poetry and art collection, We Are Malala (Inanna)will be out Spring 2019. Her eighth, Dancing on a Pin, was long-listed for The League of Canadian Poets’ Lowther Prize, was performed in International Authors Association’s Battle of the Bard. Pendas Productions has published two of Katerina’s poetry books, with accompanying CD.

Susan McMaster’s new book Haunt investigates “the world entire, with all its mystery, heartbreak, and magic” (Carolyn Smart) in warm, conversational poetry that speaks to a wide range of readers with “rhythm and verve” (Jan Conn). Her publications include some 30 books, magazines, anthologies, and recordings. She’s a past president of the League of Canadian Poets.

Susan McCaslin is a BC poet who has published fifteen volumes of poetry, including her most recent, Into the Open: Poems New and Selected (Inanna, 2017). Susan resides in Fort Langley, where she initiated the Han Shan Poetry Project as part of a successful campaign to protect an endangered rainforest along the Fraser River.

Poet, performer and playwright Penn Kemp has been lauded as a “one-woman literary industry” since her first Coach House publication (1972). She edited Canada’s first anthology of women’s writing, IS 14 (1973) as well as two recent anthologies, Women and Multimedia and Performing Women. New books of poetry are Local Heroes (Insomniac Press), and Fox Haunts (Aeolus House, Fall 2018).

October readings with Penn in BC!

I was thrilled to be the Kalamaka Press Writer-in-Residence at the Caetani Cultural Centre, Vernon, BC.  October 1-31, 2018.  See

Take a look at this gorgeous place and its history:  I highly recommend a residency here for any artist!

I launched Local Heroes (Insomniac Press), Fox Haunts (Aeolus Press) and reading from Barbaric Cultural Practice (Quattro Press)!

Check out, my new collaboration with Mary McDonald!

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. Contact: 250 807 9369.

Friday, October 12. 12:15-2pm SUAW, Triumph Coffee, Vernon

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

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, (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,

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 7:00 pm. Milkcraters of the Moon Reading Series. Launch and reading with Sharon Thesen at Milkcrate Records, 527 Lawrence Ave., Kelowna, BC V1Y 6L8. Contact: Matt Rader, 250.807.8092

Monday, 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.

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,< 275-1525

Friday, October 26. 12:15-2pm SUAW, Triumph Coffee, Vernon
7:30 pm. SPOKE, Castani House, Vernon


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With Daphne Marlatt

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With Susan McCaslin


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Friday-Sunday, November 2-4, 2018. Wordsfest, Museum London, 421 Ridout Street North, London ON.,

Saturday, November 3.  The Poet Laureate Presents: a River of Words. Reading poems from River Revery (Insomniac Press, 2019) with Mary McDonald’s Augmented Reality presentation, Wordsfest, Museum London Theatre, 421 Ridout Street North, London ON.

Sunday, November 4. 2018 at 11:00 am. Penn Kemp & Susan Musgrave​: In Conversation. Wordsfest, Museum London Theatre, 421 Ridout Street North, London ON.

Fifty Years On: Walking on the Moon

This poem was published in BARBARIC CULTURAL PRACTICE, Quattro Books.

Fifty Years On: Walking on the Moon in Moulay Ibrahim

We have landed they tell us
in the centre for all Morocco
of magic & the old ways
high in the Atlas mountains
Moulay Ibrahim.

We have heard this.

What we have not heard or seen
happens for the first time
today via the one TV in the one cafe:

Apollo astronauts land on the moon
& high-step in slow motion, gawky
in grey scale.

“Ha!” says Omar. “What a stunt.
Those Americans are so clever.

But we know. Moroccans
are not easily tricked. This
is a fiction to entertain the people.
Quelle blague.”

He pretends to toss
a rock off the dusty floor at the screen.

The crowd in the cafe laugh
at the outlandish gear, the preposterous
instrument & helmet gimmicks
clumsier than any cartoon.

Still scoffing, the moon men jostle outside
& hidden in hooded dun djellabas
melt into the lunar dusk of their grey plateau.

Penn Kemp

Penn is a poet and playwright, author of 30 books of poems, drama and prose.  See


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Art, Action – Transformation

All too timely…

Seasons of the Spirit ~ SeasonsFUSION


By Penn Kemp & Susan McCaslin

Photo credit: Deborah Colvin, The Fort Gallery, Fort Langley, BC

Penn Kemp is the author most recently of Fox Haunts (Aeolus House, 2018) and Local Heroes   (Insomniac Press, 2018). New eco-poems, including her multimedia collaboration with artist Mary McDonald on, will be published as River Revery (Insomniac Press, 2019). Quattro Books has published two other works, Barbaric Cultural Practice, and an anthology Penn edited, Jack Layton: Art in Action.

Susan McCaslin is the author of fifteen volumes of poetry, including her most recent, Into the Open: Poems New and Selected (Inanna, 2017). She has recently collaborated with J.S. Porter on a volume of creative non-fiction, Superabundantly Alive: Thomas Merton’s Dance with the Feminine (Wood Lake, 2018). Susan can be found wandering along the Fraser River outside Fort Langley, BC in the presence of Douglas firs, hemlocks, and cedars.

Art, Action…

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Poem for Equinox, March 20

At the Moment of Equinox

I enter the garden, the ground
still held by winter, spring
almost released. I stand
at the centre into which all
flow, from which all emerge.

Wind in the upper birch stills.
The garden’s breath is so long
it is immeasurable. But I wait,
offering awareness as witness.

Pivoting, I pray. North, grant us
your clarity and strength. West,
your surrender and acceptance.
South, your joy and creativity.

East, your initiation, inspiration.
Sky, your broad view. Earth,
your ground, your holy round.

The moment is held in a bowl
beyond comprehension, beyond
belief. May we carry balance

lightly on each step of the way
till it recurs six months off. May
we find a way to become whole.

May the earth find her stability.
May the equanimity of equinox
be yours, be ours, be hers all ways
belief in beyond.

– Penn Kemp

believe 2018 Mary McDonald

Recent Reviews

I’m so grateful for these reviews… and these reviewers! Kites Without Strings


Solution: a poem

This poem is up on the front page of the current

What a fabulous image to accompany the poem!




We two skalds sit together side by
each, looking out over centuries.

We watch the stirred pot settle till
murky situations sweetly clarify of

their own accord, attuned to an old
rhythm whose resonance is our song.

We watch the seasons’ rush, leaves
deciding on whether it’s spring or

fall. The creek is slowly turning into
pond, so water plants blithely tell.

And the frogs declare they’re home.
They’re not going anywhere else

now that our water levels equal
spirit level. Toads will return in

time to lay a million unimpeded
eggs, a myriad tadpoles and more

toads a fingernail long to bide a
while as lares in their garden lair

awaiting the Goddess.

Penn Kemp

The Role of Poets Today

Harold Rhenish’s most profound piece yet, drawing in the whole, embodied. Awe-some summation.

I like that you don’t identify siya? by its settler name but keep to its indigenous reality. Let people discover it themselves, on the land.

Okanagan Okanogan

It is the time of the year when the sun is low on the horizon and must come through a lot of air to get here at 50 degrees North. At the end of the day, when the sun is at its lowest, it shows in the snow, which is pink with it.

But look. There’s more to the story. Look at those specks of red lichen glowing in the right bottom quadrant of the image. The light is lifting it out of the rock and our eyes, which are specialized to pick out colour and difference, select it and send it as a message to the brain, which then directs the eyes to look more closely.  And it’s not just the lichen. The sumac and us are doing the same dance.

And the snow buckwheat.

The camera certainly can’t keep up. If we want texture in the snow, the…

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