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Penney Kome

Photo: Imaging by Marlis 2012

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 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 since 2004, she has been Editor of StraightGoods.ca , Canada's leading independent online newsmagazine, since 2000.

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 was a founding member of PWAC (the Professional Writers Association of Canada) and a charter member of the Canadian Association of Journalists. She served on the Access Copyright Board from 2005-2012, the last year as Co-Chair.

E-mail: c/o Writers' Union of Canada
Phone number:
403-282-0648

Publications

Wounded Workers: The Politics of Musculoskeletal Injuries. Toronto: UTP, 1998.
Peace: A Dream Unfolding. co-editor. Toronto: Lester & Orpen Dennys, 1986; U.S: Sierra Club, 1986.
Women of Influence: Canadian Women and Politics. Toronto: Doubleday, 1985.
The Taking of Twenty-Eight: Women Challenge the Constitution. Toronto: Women's Press, 1983.
Somebody Has to Do It: Whose Work is Housework?. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1982.

Awards

Special Award of Appreciation for The Writers' Union of Canada, 2005
Woman of Distinction in Communications for Metro Toronto YWCA, 1987
Robertine Barry Prize for Excellence in Feminist Journalism for Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women, 1984
Canada 125 medal, 1992
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