Review, Barbaric Cultural Practice

Adebe deRango Adem, Quill & Quire, December, 2016.

“Down the paths of most resistance”!

This review truly gets the book, I’m grateful to say!  It’s available for $18 from & column December 2016.jpgbarbaric-cultural-practice_front-cover

Literary events feature poems, wartime letters

A renowned London poet and the author of two books about life during the Second World War will be signing their books at separate events Saturday.

Penn Kemp will be launching two anthologies of essays she edited for the League of Canadian Poets, one titled Women & Multimedia and the other Performing Women: Playwrights and Performance Poets.

Kemp will also be reading and signing the book containing her newest collection of poems, Barbaric Cultural Practice, at Brown & Dickson Antiquarian Booksellers, 609 Richmond St., starting at 2 p.m.

Kemp, London’s first poet laureate, is also the author of several books and plays.

Source: Literary events feature poems, wartime letters

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Concrete Poetry in Concrete

Cementing relations with Guerilla Poetry!

For further information, contact Open Mic, and sign the Petition!

London Letter for Concrete Poetry

Dear London Arts Council,

The Sidewalk Poetry project to stamp poems into wet cement is delightful, innovative and almost literally ground-breaking. As an initiative new to Canada, it would stamp London on the poetry map in a very concrete way. It’s pop-up poetry that will last as long as the sidewalk does. Such poems will give folks pause, a moment to slow down and enjoy the word. Poetry of the people and by the people. A word, not written in water as poet Keats feared, but in cement! Poetry is eternal, and cement is the next best thing.

I heartily endorse this exciting initiative, especially as it comes from local poets and poetry lovers, Western students and Open Mic: another way of  connecting town and gown.

“I am writing to show my support for the Sidewalk Poetry project proposed by the London Open Mic Poetry organization. I believe that this is an exciting creative project that will benefit the community of London in many ways.

To quote Open Mic: “The project offers an opportunity for the city to support literary culture throughout all areas of the community. It opens new doors for engagement with poetry for all demographics, making it accessible and adding a new dimension to readership. The project will help develop interest in poetry for younger generations by bringing it into their lives outside of the dictated school atmosphere, and allowing them to discover poetry on their own terms, making it a part of their lives as they read the same poems regularly while they grow up. The project will also foster community involvement in the arts, and offer poets the honour of making a lasting impression upon their city. I believe that this project is an excellent opportunity for this city, and I eagerly await the chance to witness it unfolding in the future.”

Yes, indeed!

Yours in poetry,


Your inaugural Poet Laureate for the City of London

525 Canterbury Road, London ON N6G 2N5



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London Launches, November 26

London Launches!

Saturday, November 26, 2:30-4 pm.

Brown & Dickson, 609 Richmond Street, London  N6A 3G3. Contact: 519-318-1983,,

Book signing of Barbaric Cultural Practice:

Launch of Women & Multimedia and Performing Women: Playwrights and Performance Poets from The Living Archives Series, The Feminist Caucus, League of Canadian Poets.  Order from, $10.00.


Women and Multimedia


From the introduction by editor Penn Kemp:

Here’s an anthology that surges with energy: one medium bounces off another to create a resonating concert of variety and scope. The essays make a fascinating study of what is possible when one art form meets another in a kind of synaesthesia: one medium is perceived in terms of another. These pieces are not just lifted off the page: they are singing, dancinc spheres of possibility, sparking new connections. Luckily, humans “remain incorrigibly verbal creatures who love to explain things”: Women and Multimedia is the happy result of that desire to interpret one art through another.”

With texts by Di Brandt, Terry Ann Carter, Moe Clark, Penn Kemp, Jude Neale, and Cathy Charlie Petch.


Performing Women: Playwrights and Performance Poets

The essays in this publication are from playwrights, performers, and poets relating their experiences and ideas concerning performance. Includes:

  • “Why Ducks, Anyway?” by Kelly Jo Burke
  • “Red Dresses Hang from the Trees and Towers: Red and Rapunzel are Missing” by Cornelia Hoogland
  • “Sounding the depth, the surface resounding” by Penn Kemp
  • “Zoomorphic Poetics (or, Why I Write so Many Poems About Wildlife)” by Catherine Kidd
  • “How does collaboration enhance performance poetry? The intimate power of co-creation” by Susan McMaster
  • “Spoken Word Poetry and Political Act” by Sheri-D Wilson

Also available as copyscript online and in print from

Penn is an essayist in and editor of the two anthologies.







Ode for the Feast of Words

WORDSFEST is happening all weekend long at Museum London: see
Send your responses about the Festival to Work for this zine will be collected from Festival-goers on Friday and Saturday, then published and launched at the Rhino Lounge in Museum London Sunday, Nov. 6, at 5pm. Whew! Here’s my poem for the zine:

Ode for the Feast of Words

Our London Muses, amused, proclaim:

Come join our Museum feast in joy

of joining, reading, weaving a way,

riding a wave, waving a welcome,

well, come in then. Here. Hear!

Attendance’s high, attention is close.

Words are our vocation, invoking

the vocative, pro vocative, calling us,

calling on us, call sure, culture, meeting

our many cultures, collected. Whatever

the weather, we conjure com pose

words worth envisioned, inclusive in

terms of the other, for all our sakes.

Describing the arc, friends collect and

meet new, gathering poets in harmony |

with other authors.  Rhythm rhymes us.

Creating community, fusion delights

this spacious collective, call elect if

held in the London community bowl.

The Graces are present, spirits high.

Lift the cup and dance, sing, speak, tell

the tale told, win, write welcome.

O may the best manifest

fest if all festivity

Cheer and exult.

Hail and salute!

Here, here!
Penn Kemp




Photo: Toban Black




London ON: our Creative City

Comments on London’s cultural scene, specifically on the writing and theatre communities.  Others can speak for the vibrant music and visual art scenes.

London Creatives do the City proud!  Artists by necessity manage the business and promotion side of creativity well.  We are experienced and knowledgeable about our projects, our prospects and our audience.

Look at the burgeoning community theatre scene and the excitement at the Grand Theatre with the new AD, Dennis Garnhum.

Writers choose to live here because London offers the kind of privacy and retreat we need as well as numerous public outlets.

And writing is flourishing! Just this weekend, WORDSFEST is happening at Museum London. I hope all councilors attend and see how lively London Words and Writers are…  see

The importance of inclusivity is emphasized in the Festival.  local writers are given time and space to present their work, as well as the chance to mingle with those more nationally known.  That really is a grand aspect of WORDS!  (And it is bridging the gap between Western University and the community.)

Look at Poetry London,  Open Mic and Spoken Word: 3 thriving poetic communities in the city.  Look at Creative Aging initiatives.  Look at all the London Arts Council and London Libraries offer.  But they need more funding!

Local initiatives are flourishing! London arts and artists don’t need more studies; we need more financing.

Here’s to action!

Penn Kemp