WordsFest is hosting an event to celebrate the Poems in Response to Peril anthology, featuring readings by Penn Kemp, Richard-Yves Sitoski, Shelly Siskind, Robert Priest, Andreas Gripp, Jennifer Wenn, Karl Jirgens, Frances Roberts Reilly, Patricia Keeney and Susan Wismer.
Poets in Response to Peril: A Gathering of Poets
5 November 2022, 12:00PM to 1:30PM
Proceeds will be directed toward PEN Ukraine’s efforts to provide the Ukrainian cultural community with evacuation and resettlement help.
It has a been a privilege to participate in Wordsfest this past weekend:
I was one of 20 poets to read from our Poets in Response to Peril anthology and was invited to showcase my 1st book,
at the Library of Authors / Book Expo.
There is still lots going on for another week - check them out:
How do poets respond to precarious events in the world? Poets Penn Kemp and Richard-Yves Sitoski have published Poets in Response to Peril, an anthology which brings together 61 poems by 48 of Canada’s most prominent poets in response to the current crisis in Ukraine and other perils afflicting our troubled times.
Words Together * Worlds Apart * Voices for Ukraine
Purchase here: An Anthology in Support of Ukraine
On May 28, 2022, at Blackfriars Bistro & Catering, Canadian Poets and Co-Editors Penn Kemp & Richard-Yves Sitoski, including Shelly Siskind joined fellow Londoners in solidarity, as they launched this anthology of urgent poems in support of Ukraine and read their poems
Shelly's poem: Telephone Poles Transported
Gathering voices in the white heat of the moment,
this anthology couldn’t be more timely or more necessary.
London, ON (May 2022) – Canadian poets Penn Kemp and Richard-Yves Sitoski have co-edited Poets in Response to Peril, an anthology which brings together 61 poems by 48 of Canada’s most prominent poets in response to the current crisis in Ukraine and other perils afflicting our troubled times. Profits from the book will be directed toward PEN Ukraine’s efforts to provide the Ukrainian cultural community with evacuation and resettlement help.
Luminaries like Gary Barwin, George Elliott Clarke, Daphne Marlatt, Susan McCaslin and Goran Simić offer us passionate, often heartbreaking, poems invoking sunflowers and broken earth;
intimacy and grief; falling bombs and the fragility of flesh;
AK-47s and a bride’s bouquet.
“..poetry can serve as a witness to humanity at its worst, and a celebration of humanity at its best. It provides succour in our direst moments. It provides confirmation that we have been seen, recognized, and understood. And in its sometimes discursive manner, it cuts through the starless night of disinformation like a searchlight.”
Ukraine is a country where poetry matters.
Poems in Response to Peril: An Anthology in Support of Ukraine, edited by Penn Kemp and Richard-Yves Sitoski.
(2022 Pendas Productions / Laughing Raven Press - 121 pages)
Purchase here: $30 (plus shipping)
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