Mona Fertig and Penn Kemp
Poets, and Friends: Mona Fertig and Penn Kemp.
Activist poet, performer and playwright, Penn Kemp, is a League of Canadian Poets Life Member and winner of their 2015 Spoken Word Artist award. Her latest book of poetry is Barbaric Cultural Practice (Quattro Books). Penn received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for service to arts and culture. She is the inaugural Poet Laureate for London, Ontario, with twenty-six books of poetry and drama published; six plays and ten CDs produced as well as award-winning videopoems. Her “poem for peace in many voices” has been translated into 136 languages and performed around the world. She lives in London, Ontario.
Mona Fertig, a poet and publisher, has been active in the literary world on the West Coast for over forty years. She is founder and Director of Canada’s only literary center, the Literary Storefront in Vancouver, which operated from 1978-1985. The Vancouver Public Library made her a Literary Landmark in 2016 with a plaque at 131 Water St. She has published 16 books and chapbooks of poetry, the most recent is The Unsettled (Kalamalka Press). She runs Mother Tongue Publishing, on Salt Spring Island. In 2014 Elizabeth May presented Fertig with a “Changemaker” Award.