London, Ontario, Canada

Organizer: Penn Kemp

Contact:  pendas@pennkemp.ca

Our afternoon reading was part of “100,000 Poets for Change”, an international event which took place in many cities, in many villages and in the countryside all over the world, at the same time and date. The main website for “100,000 Poets for Change” is http://www.100tpc.org/.

The first order of change is for poets to get together to perform, educate and entertain, simultaneously with others around the world, changing how we see our own community and the global community.

Such an event ties in nicely with our local/national Culture Days: see http://www.culturedays.ca/en/2012-activities/view/4fa0324b-8cdc-4940-b575-21f04c4a89be . Twenty-five poets are signed up. Musicians Jennifer White and Robert McMaster as well as Dennis Siren and JJ Fiasco (Jake Levesque)!

Our blog is on https://100tpcmedia.org/100TPC2012/category/canada/london-ontario/: photos on http://www.bigbridge.org/100thousandpoetsforchange/?page_id=14065 . Good will? Immeasurable!

Host: Penn Kemp for Carolyn Doyle, Landon Library contact and Andreas Gripp, Volunteer Organizer. Join our event on https://www.facebook.com/events/257584931000294/. See Sean Meyer’s eloquent article: http://www.londoncommunitynews.com/2012/10/london-culture-days-opens-up-to-100000-poets-for-change/?fb_action_ids=10152154894625252&fb_action_types=og.recommends&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582

“A wonderful afternoon­ such an array of topics and talents! Your Jack Layton poem was great fun to do but a serious celebration all the same.” Elizabeth Waterston

“I had a great afternoon. There was so much feist, fire and humor.” Zahra McDoom

“I loved the whole afternoon! It was so inspiring to hear all that wonderful poetry & music & ideas for change!” Gay Allison

“What a pleasure and privilege to be part of the 100,000 Poets…and Musicians!…for Change. Such a truly special afternoon! Thank you, as always, for all you do for us.” Patricia Black

“Thanks Penn for your continued support of LAC and the arts in London!” Andrea Halwa

Cheers and Congrats!!!!!!!!!!
Penn
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This photo by Sean Meyer/London Community News: Monday, October, 01, 2012

Former London poet laureate Penn Kemp (right) organized the 100,000 Poets for Change event being held as part of the Culture Days festivities across the Forest City on Saturday (Sept. 29). Joining Kemp, 25 other local poets, and harpist Jennifer White, in a poetry reading at the Landon library were (from left) Carolyn Doly, supervisor Landon library; Andreas Gripp, volunteer co-ordinator; and R.L. Raymond, one of the event’s readers.

London Culture Days opens up to 100,000 Poets for Change

By Sean Meyer/London Community News/Twitter: Newswriter22

English romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley once said poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.

These words rang true this past weekend during 100,000 Poets for Change, an initiative, according to its website, “to have poets create and perform, educate and demonstrate, simultaneously, with other communities around the world.”

Those words certainly rang true to Penn Kemp, London’s Poet Laureate Emeritus and organizer of London’s own 100,000 event, which took place at the Landon library during Culture Days on Saturday (Sept. 29).

In fact, Kemp quoted that Shelley phrase when speaking about the importance of 100,000 Poets for Change.

“Ours is one of 850 plus events over the weekend in 115 countries,” Kemp said. “It says to me that 100,000 poets are ready for change, ready to make a change in the world. Barak Obama may have a book written about him called I Am The Change, but poets, well we are what Shelley’s quote is all about.”

The Landon event involved 25 poets, mostly local, reading and discussing poetry. The oldest participant was Elizabeth Waterston, born in 1922, who has written more than 20 books on criticism and poetry. Kemp said the great thing about the London event was the variety in ages that it attracted.

“I think it is an exciting congruence of 100,000 Poets for Change in Culture Days. I hope people go away elated with the possibility of art and change,” Kemp said. “Activism is so necessary now so we move from the word to political and cultural action.”

Kemp was invited to create a London event for 100,000 Poets for Change after corresponding with U.S. organizer Michael Rothenberg. Kemp didn’t need much convincing to take the initiative on.

“I love the idea, anything for change, anything for poetry. I am a real social activist and if we can use poetry for change, I am up for it,” Kemp said. “Words matter. The pen is mightier than a sword so says the cliché. One heart at a time, we can change minds.”

Kemp said another positive of the event was how it brought together poets from a variety of genres. Poets, Kemp said, whether they are academics, young slam poets or performance artists don’t often take part in each other’s events. But for the Landon event, she said the support was nearly universal.

And having the event take place during Culture Days was something Kemp said she simply couldn’t ignore.

“It is absolutely fabulous to have it during Culture Days. It just happened that way, but I am good at making connections. It was a no-brainer to do,” Kemp said. “The whole metaphor of Culture Days is so important for poetry. I wish I was able to reach out to other languages, other cultures. That is something I would like to strive for.”

Kemp praised the London Arts Council for putting together a Culture Days program that she hopes will lead to change in the community. “There are more Culture Days events here than any city in Canada. That says a lot about London. I think the London Arts Council put forward a great push to make these things happen and hopefully people took the opportunity to enjoy them.”

http://www.londoncommunitynews.com/2012/10/london-culture-days-opens-up-to-100000-poets-for-change/?fb_action_ids=10152154894625252&fb_action_types=og.recommends&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582

These photos were taken by Gloria Mulcahy 

We will play the readings on two upcoming radio shows on Gathering Voices, my Lit-on-Air radio show.

Upcoming Schedule, Gathering Voices, CHRW 94.9 FM.

Tuesday, January 1, 6:30 – 7:00 pm. Gathering Voices features 100,000 Poets for Change: this show documents a poetry reading celebrating the theme of change for http://www.100tpc.org/ held at Landon Library, London ON on September 29, 2012. This exhilarating afternoon celebrated Culture Days across Canada as well. See http://www.culturedays.ca/en/2012-activities/view/4fa0324b-8cdc-4940-b575-21f04c4a89be . Gathering Voices, CHRW FM 94.9 FM. (R. January 8, 6:30-7:00 am). Listen live on and throughout these two weeks www.chrwradio.com.

Tuesday, January 15, 6:30 – 7:00 pm. Gathering Voices features 100,000 Poets for Change: this show documents a poetry reading celebrating the theme of change for http://www.100tpc.org/ held at Landon Library, London ON on September 29, 2012. This exhilarating afternoon celebrated Culture Days across Canada as well. See http://www.culturedays.ca/en/2012-activities/view/4fa0324b-8cdc-4940-b575-21f04c4a89be . Gathering Voices, CHRW FM 94.9 FM. (R. January 21, 6:30-7:00 am). Listen live and throughout these two weeks on www.chrwradio.com/listen .

The shows will then be archived on www.chrwradio.com/talk/gatheringvoices.

Already archived on www.chrwradio.com/talk/gatheringvoices is our September 11, 2012 show. Gathering Voices featured 100,000 Poets for Change, with US organizer Michael Rothenberg as well as London organizers Penn Kemp and Andreas Gripp with Rob Raymond. Appropriate for this 11th anniversary of September 11, this show is a poetry reading celebrating the theme of change. This show celebrates Culture Days across Canada as well. See http://www.culturedays.ca/en/2012-activities/view/4fa0324b-8cdc-4940-b575-21f04c4a89be

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6 Responses to London, Ontario, Canada

  1. Penn Kemp says:

    Several poets will be reading Saturday, September 28, 2013, 1 pm in “Serenade to the Trees”: they include Jennifer Chesnut, Tom Cull, Andreas Gripp and Penn Kemp. The poetry reading for 100,000 Poets for Change will be held at Queen’s Park, Western Fair Farmer’s Market on Dundas Street, London ON. The event is part of http://lookitsaparty.ca/ and https://100tpcmedia.org/100TPC2012/category/canada/london-ontario/.

    Penn Kemp’s show, Gathering Voices, CHRW FM 94.9 FM. (September 24, 6:30-7:00 pm., repeated October 1, 6:30-7:00 am) will feature “Trees, Please!” The show is also archived on http://chrwradio.ca/content/trees-please-gathering-voices-july-16th. A polyglot of poets read their poems to save the London woodland, as published in the PigeonBike Press pamphlet, “Trees or Jobs: It Should Not Be a Dichotomy”. Poets include Tom Cull, Andreas Gripp, Patricia Keeney, Penn Kemp, Susan McCaslin, Susan McMaster and R L Raymond from PigeonBike. With an intro. by Joni Baechler, Councillor. She writes: “I am so pleased that London poets have come together in a creative, collaborative project with the goal of protecting our natural environment. Heartwarming to my creative soul.” MP Irene Mathyssen writes: “When all the empty strip malls are falling down, we will still be missing our beautiful lost trees.” The poems are up on http://www.scribd.com/doc/150431112/Trees-or-Jobs.

  2. penn kemp says:

    As promised, I`ve dedicated two shows to our 100,000 Poets for Change event! Unfortunately, the battery ran out for the recording., so the whole afternoon was not taped.. But what we have sounds terrific! Listen up… Later in January, the shows will be archived on http://www.chrwradio.com/talk/gatheringvoices.
    Upcoming Shows on Gathering Voices

    The http://www.chrwradio.com/talk/gatheringvoices feature on Tuesday December 11th 6:30AM is a great interview with Toronto councillor Mike Layton, Jack Layton’s son about his father’s ongoing influence. Listen live on http://www.chrwradio.com/listen.

    Tuesday, December 18, 6:30 – 7:00 pm. Gathering Voices features 100,000 Poets for Change. This show records a poetry reading celebrating the theme of change on September 29 at Landon Library with an introduction by Carolyn Doyle. This afternoon celebrated Culture Days across Canada as well. See http://www.culturedays.ca/en/2012-activities/view/4fa0324b-8cdc-4940-b575-21f04c4a89be. Gathering Voices, CHRW FM 94.9 FM. (R. December 25, 6:30-7:00 am).

    Tuesday, January 1, 2013, 6:30 – 7:00 pm. Gathering Voices features 100,000 Poets for Change, beginning with Stan Burfield. This show records a poetry reading celebrating the theme of change on September 29 at Landon Library. This afternoon celebrated Culture Days across Canada as well. See http://www.culturedays.ca/en/2012-activities/view/4fa0324b-8cdc-4940-b575-21f04c4a89be. Gathering Voices, CHRW FM 94.9 FM. (R. January 8, 6:30-7:00 am).

  3. penn kemp says:

    Thanks, Michael, for your tireless work!!! I’ll spread the word!

  4. penn kemp says:

    100,000 Poets and Musicians for Change, Sept. 29, 2012

    Saturday, September 29, 2012, 2-4 pm. 100,000 Poets (and Musicians) for Change. Free. Readings for Culture Day. Landon Public Library (downstairs), 167 Wortley Rd., London ON N6C 3P6, http://www.londonpubliclibrary.ca/landon, 519-439-6240. Our afternoon reading will be part of an international event which will take place in many cities, in many villages and in the countryside all over the world, at the same time and date. The main website for “100,000 Poets for Change is http://www.100tpc.org/. The first order of change is for poets to get together to perform, educate and entertain, simultaneously with others around the world, changing how we see our own community and the global community. Such an event ties in nicely with our local/national Culture Days: see http://www.culturedays.ca/en/2012-activities/view/4fa0324b-8cdc-4940-b575-21f04c4a89be . MPs Irene Mathyssen and Ed Holder will say a few words. Twenty-three poets are signed up, along with musicians Jennifer White and Robert McMaster as well as Jake Levesque and Julia Webb (JJ Fiasco) and Dennis Siren!

    Our blog is on https://100tpcmedia.org/100TPC2012/category/canada/london-ontario/: photos on http://www.bigbridge.org/100thousandpoetsforchange/?page_id=14065 . Good will? Immeasurable! Host: Penn Kemp for Carolyn Doyle, Landon Library contact; Andreas Gripp, Volunteer Organizer, and R L Raymond, Media Contact. Join our event on https://www.facebook.com/events/257584931000294/.

    And on CHRW: Tuesday, September 11, 6:30 – 7:00 pm. Gathering Voices features 100,000 Poets for Change, with US organizer Michael Rothenberg as well as London organizers Penn Kemp, Andreas Gripp and R L Raymond. Appropriate for this 11th anniversary of September 11, this show is a poetry reading celebrating the theme of change. Come join 20+ poets and two musicians live on September 29 from 2-4 pm, at Landon Library. This free afternoon celebrates Culture Days across Canada as well. See http://www.culturedays.ca/en/2012-activities/view/4fa0324b-8cdc-4940-b575-21f04c4a89be. Gathering Voices, CHRW FM 94.9 FM. (R. September 18, 6:30-7:00 am). Listen live on http://www.chrwradio.com/listen.

    Performers/Readers

    JJ Fiasco. Jake Levesque and Julia Webb have performed widely around town
    since 2009. They perform a large variety of original songs as well as a number of interesting cover tunes.

    Gay Allison, an award-winning poet, was born on the prairies and now lives in Stratford. She is co-founder of Fireweed, a feminist literary journal, and was Fiction Editor of The Canadian Forum for several years.
    Gloria Alvernaz Mulgahy,is a London poet, psychologist, teacher, photographer, filmmaker very active in Atlosa.
    Frank Beltrano has written a poem and folded it into a paper airplane, had a poem ride a London bus for a year, had a poem printed on a postcard 60 or so times, been published now and again in journals, read poetry in bars, library basements, & coffee shops, and tasted the cold Atlantic ocean dripping off a fingertip in January… all in the name of poetry.
    Patrica Black is a published poet and writer, as well as a teacher of creative writing who delights in encouraging others to write their own stories. Born in the other London, she crossed the Atlantic to New York on the “Queen Elizabeth,” then took the train to Toronto where she lived for twelve years until moving to London, ON in 1970.

    Stan Burfield is a farm boy from Alberta. He owned a flower shop in Vancouver for 18 years with his wife. He’s presently organizing the London Open Mic Poetry Night that launches on October 3rd.

    Jennifer Chesnut t is a writer and teacher. She is grateful for poetry’s capacity to name the potential and the crisis of this planetary hour. Her poem Earth was recently released on the CD Songs for a Post-Corporate World, a fundraiser for the local Trade Justice Movement.

    C. L. Connel is a poet and short fiction writer who lives in London, Ontario. Her poetry has been published in Canadian Stories and The Toronto Quarterly.

    Susan Downe has been writing poems for twenty years, collecting them in two books: Between This…and This (Spanish Onion Press) and Little Horse (Brick Books).

    Debra Franke lives in London and completed her MA in Creative Writing at the University of New Brunswick. Her poems have appeared in The Fiddlehead, Event, Dalhousie Review, Prairie Fire, and Lichen, as well as the London Transit buses, and she is currently working on a collection of poems.

    Andreas Gripp is the author of 14 books of poetry and 12 chapbooks. His collection of New and Selected poems, Anathema, was a finalist for the 2010 Acorn-Plantos Award for People’s Poetry. A graduate of Western, he has worked in book retailing for many years.

    Louisa Howerow’s poetry has appeared in poetry journals in Canada, the U.S. and Australia.

    Ellen S. Jaffe’s first collection, Water Children, won an award from Arts Hamilton, and her y/a novel Feast of Lights received a Moonbeam award. She teaches with Learning/Living Through the Arts and has participated in Poets for Peace. She has also co-edited two anthologies by Jewish-Canadian writers. She is currently working on a new poetry collection and a second y/a novel.

    Activist poet, performer and playwright Penn Kemp was London’s inaugural Poet Laureate. She’s delighted to host and participate in 100,000 Poets for Change, happening simultaneously world-wide. She received the Queen Elizabeth 11 Diamond Jubilee medal from Irene Mathyssen for service to arts and culture. She is the 40th Life Member of the League of Canadian Poets and London’s inaugural Poet Laureate.
    Tom Legge received his Honours Degree in English from Western University in 2010. His poems have been published in Writtle, Pigeonbike, and in the Anthology of Kindness which he co-edited with Penn Kemp. In addition to poetry, he also writes fiction and screenplays.

    Tanis MacDonald is the author of three books of poetry, the latest of which is Rue the Day, published by Turnstone Press. She lives in Waterloo and teaches at Wilfrid Laurier University.

    Janice M. McDonald is a founding member of the Ingersoll Poet’s Circle and has won a number of prizes in the James McIntyre Poetry Contest (Ingersoll.) A few of her poems have been published in journals and e-zines. She attends both of the London workshop events whenever possible.

    Zahra McDoom is a London area poet with poetic roots in the Caribbean.

    As a spoken word artist and educator, Bryton McKinnon is continuing to learn and share the craft of spoken word poetry. Currently doing a double major in Childhood and Social Institutions and French studies at King’s University College. Additionally, he is the Slam Master of the London Poetry Slam and an active arts advocate in London Ontario.

    Robert McMaster is a SoundScape and FoundSound percussionist who has been drawn into rhythm and tone for an early age when a debilitating childhood illness kept him confined to home and his mother give him wooden spoons and pots and pans to play on. With is “FoundSound” workshops using recycled and scrap materials to create rhythm instruments he feels he has come full circle through drums and real percussion instruments back to banging on pots and pans.

    Marianne Micros is the author of the poetry collections Upstairs Over the Ice Cream (Ergo) and Seventeen Trees (Guernica). She is an associate professor at the University of Guelph, where she teaches Early Modern literature, folktales of the supernatural, and creative writing. She is currently working on a short story collection entitled Eye.

    Kathryn Mockler is the author of the poetry books Onion Man (Tightrope Books, 2011) and The Saddest Place on Earth (DC Books, Fall 2012). She teaches creative writing and screenwriting at the University of Western Ontario and is the co-founder/co-editor of the online literary and arts journal The Rusty Toque.

    Jennifer Moore has been published in various magazines and journals over the past 30 years and has been actively involved in the poetry slam scene in London. She is the proud mother of two feminist daughters and a peace and social justice activist.

    Poet, gardener, and photographer, Ola Nowosad is an active member of Poetry London.

    Holly Painter is a four-time London Poetry Slam (LPS) champion, as well as LPS co-director. She opened for Shane Koyczan at Aeolian Hall, will compete in the LPS finals vying for a spot in the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, and to represent London at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam. Holly led writing workshops in local secondary schools, and the SPARK! Conference at King’s College.

    R.L. Raymond is a writer from London, Ontario. His poems and stories have appeared in dozens of literary and underground journals. When not writing, he runs PigeonBike Press. He holds an MA in English Literature from the University of Western Ontario.

    Dennis Siren, musician, video artist with years of hands-on experience in audio recording and video production as engineer, producer, cinematographer, soundtrack composer or director. Dennis works hard at his craft and lets creativity run the show.

    Jan Stewart lives and writes in beautiful Kilworth On.

    Ron Stewart is retired airline pilot who lives and writes in beautiful Kilworth On.

    Christine Thorpe is a poet living in the Wortley Village, a native of Penticton B.C. and a graduate of the University of Toronto and Carleton University. Before settling on English literature, she studied biology, mathematics and computer science. Her two books, A Rind of Sun(Serengeti Press, 2008) and Tendered Arms(Manifold Books, 2011) are co-authored with James Wood, whose drawings“complete” selected poems. This year Christine is a finalist in theMalahat Review’s Poem of the Year Competition.

    At Guelph, UWO, and Concordia, Elizabeth Waterston proudly included Mordecai Richler, Jane Urquhart, Penn Kemp and Catherine Ross among her students. She still writes obsessively: Blitzkrieg and Jitterbugs: College life in Wartime and The Unabridged P.E.I. Journals of L.M. Montgomery. 1189-1911 came out this spring.

    Jennifer White is a Celtic harpist living in London ON who composes,sings and tours with her partner Robert McMaster.

  5. pennkemp says:

    Listen live to my radio show, Gathering Voices, on Tuesday, September 11, 6:30 – 7:00 pm, Radio Western CHRW 94.9 FM, http://www.chrwradio.com/listen. Gathering Voices features 100,000 Poets for Change, with US organizers Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion as well as London organizers Penn Kemp, Andreas Gripp and Rob Raymond. Appropriate for this 11th anniversary of September 11, this show is a poetry reading celebrating the theme of change. Come join 20+ poets and two musicians live on September 29 from 2-4 pm, at Landon Library, London Canada. This free afternoon celebrates Culture Days across Canada as well. See http://www.culturedays.ca/en/2012-activities/view/4fa0324b-8cdc-4940-b575-21f04c4a89be . Gathering Voices, CHRW FM 94.9 FM. (R. September 18, 6:30-7:00 am). Listen live on http://www.chrwradio.com/listen throughout the two weeks. The show will then be archived on http://www.chrwradio.com/talk/gatheringvoices.

    Penn Kemp

  6. penn kemp says:

    Saturday, September 29, 2012, 2-4 pm. “100,000 Poets for Change” Reading for Culture Day. Landon Public Library (downstairs),167 Wortley Rd., London N6C 3P6
    519-439-6240, http://www.londonpubliclibrary.ca/landon.

    Our afternoon reading will be part of an international event which will take place in many cities, in many villages and in the countryside all over the world, at the same time and date. The main website for “100,000 Poets for Change” is:http://www.100tpc.org/. The first order of change is for poets to get together to perform, educate and entertain, simultaneously with others around the world, changing how we see our own community and the global community. The host in Toronto who asked me to organize a London reading may be doing some Skype connections with us and other cities, other provinces. Such an event ties in nicely with our national Culture Days happening at the same time. Free. Twenty-three poets are signed up. Musicians Jennifer White and Robert McMaster as well! .. Good will? Immeasurable! Please join our event on https://www.facebook.com/events/257584931000294/.
    See also http://www.culturedays.ca/en/2012-activities/view/4f68de13-69d4-4aa1-846f-05c74c4a89be.

    Poetically yours,
    Penn for Carolyn Doyle, Landon Library contact and Andreas Gripp, Volunteer Organizer

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