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Penney Kome

Penney Kome

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Born and raised in Chicago, Penney came to Canada as a protest against the war in VietNam. She arrived in Toronto to find a booming magazine market hungry for writers. Soon she was writing for everyone from The Globe and Mail to NOW  Weekly -- Maclean's, Toronto Life, Saturday Night, Chatelaine, and Canadian Business are just a few of the publications that carried her work. Her "Woman's Place" column in Homemaker's magazine (1976 - 88) covered the Second Wave of Canadian feminism at its height, and served as a springboard for four (out of her six) books on topics from housework to nuclear disarmament, but mainly about women and politics. A seat mate en route to Ottawa in 1985 turned into a soul mate in 1987, when Penney married Bob Pond and they followed his job to Calgary. They now have three grown children and a grandchild. In addition to writing, Penney has been a contributing editor for NeWest Review and Women'space magazines, and from 2004-13, she was Editor of, Canada's first independent online newsmagazine, founded 1999.  She is a contributor and founding editor of  A former Chair of The Writers' Union of Canada (2003-04), Penney served on the Union's National Council for five years (1999-2004). She has been a founding member of several writing-related organizations, including the CNFC (Creative Non-fiction Collective), PWAC (the Professional Writers Association of Canada) and its successor, CFG (the Canadian Free-lance Guild), and the Canadian Association of Journalists. She served on the Access Copyright Board from 2005-2012, the last year as Co-Chair.

Journalism, Creative Non-fiction
I write professionally in the following language(s):


Somebody Has To Do It: Whose Work Is Housework?. 1982, McClelland & Stewart
The Taking of Twenty-Eight: Canadian Women Challenge the Constitution. 1983, Women's Press
Women of Influence: Canadian Women and Politics. 1985, Doubleday Canada
Peace: A Dream Unfolding - coffee table book co-edited with Patrick Crean. 1986, Sierra Club Books
Every Voice Counts: A Canadian woman’s guide to political action. 1985, 1989, from the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women,
Wounded Workers: The Politics of Musculoskeletal Injuries . 1998, University of Toronto Press


Toronto YWCA Women of Distinction - Communications for For my Homemaker's column and features, as well as my books, 1987
Canada 125 Medal from the Governor-General for For work that is "a significant contribution to compatriots, community, and Canada." , 1992
Robertine Barry Award for Feminist Journalism, from the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women for For excellence in covering the Women's Constitutional Conference, 1984
TWUC Special Award in Appreciation of "dedication and exemplary conduct" as TWUC Chair for The Writers Union of Canada, 2005
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