Memories of Winnipeg: wafting lilacs this way! A confluence of two great rivers. And the city is an island of mature elms: arching over the streets…
A glorious gaggle of writers! We’re in Winnipeg for the 2015 joint conference presented by the League of Canadian Poets and the Writers Union of Canada. This celebration marked the 49th annual LCP Poetry Conference and Festival. So many good panels and talks and collective catching up.
May 29. A photo after my reading… and participatory sounding.. in The Aboriginal Resources section of The Winnipeg Public Library. The reading was sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets, the Library and CV2..Here’s the poster: ReadingWinnipeg.
May 30. For the Feminist Caucus of the League of Canadian Poets, I read my poem dedicated to Colleen Thibaudeau. The text is up on https://pennkemp.wordpress.com/2015/06/06/poem-for-poet-colleen-thibaudeau/.
I was delighted and honoured to present the Colleen Thibaudeau Outstanding Contribution Award award at the League of Canadian Poets banquet in Winnipeg on May 30 to esteemed Saskatchewan poet Glen Sorestad, represented by Tracy Hamon. James Reaney recently wrote about Colleen and Glen Sorestad in his blog: http://blogs.canoe.com/brandnewblog/entertainment/glen-sorestad-wins-2015-colleen-thibaudeau-award-yay/. There was a large turn-out, as the League event was combined with the Writers’ Union AGM. Colleen would have chuckled at the orange flower I wore in my hair for her!
And I was awarded the 2015 SHERI-D WILSON GOLDEN BERET AWARD.
“The Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award was created by Sheri-D Wilson—a pioneer of spoken word poetry in Canada—to honour a Canadian spoken word artist who has made a substantial contribution to the development of spoken word, through the originality and excellence of his or her own writing/performance works, and through involvement in—and contributions to—the expansion of the spoken word community. The award carries a $1,000 prize and is sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets and Calgary Spoken Word Society.” 2015 Jury: bill bissett, Moe Clark and Sheri-D Wilson. Judges’ Comments: “We are pleased to honor performance poet, activist and playwright Penn Kemp of London, Ontario for her influence and impact on spoken word in Canada.”
What a thrill!
May 31. Glad to be Carmelo Militano’s guest from 4:30-5pm on CKUW, University of Winnipeg Radio! Synchronicities abound. You can hear the half hour on https://ckuw.ca/128/20150531.16.30-17.00.mp3.
Mora Gregg and I walked this lovely labyrinth dedicated to Carol Shields.
In the Manitoba legislature building, I got to sound the echo in the round Egyptian room. Sphinxes, Athena, Medusa, bronze buffalo bulls… and golden Hermes on top, pointing a way along the avenue to open the North! Mysteries abound… along with giant polar bears.
And THEN, the WAG. The Winnipeg Art Gallery featured an exhibit of Classical Art… including the Muses.
Judy Rebick, several friends and I spend the evening looking out on the gardens where two more labyrinths are being dreamed into existence.
Thank you, Winnipeg, for your kind and generous hospitality… and for bringing back the Spring!