Penelope Rosemont

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Penelope Rosemont (born 1942 Chicago, Illinois), attended Lake Forest College. She has been a painter, photographer, collagist (having invented a number of surrealist collage methods including the "landscapade" and "insect music" [in which cut-out shapes are placed on the background of a musical score].)[1]and writer, and "graphic designer for [Arsenal/Surrealist Subversions] and other publications,"[2] Her painting The Night Time is the Right Time "was selected by the Chicago Jazz Insitute for the 2000 Chicago Jazz Festival t-shirt".[3]

Rosemont is the editor of Surrealist Women: An International Anthology (University of Texas, 1998) and The Story of Mary Maclane & Other Writings by Mary Maclane, and the author of Surrealist Experiences: 1001 Dawns, 221 Midnights (Black Swan Press, 2000), and a book of poetry, Beware of the Ice. She wrote a forward to Crime & Criminals: Address to the Prisoners in the Cook County Jail & Other Writings on Crime by Clarence Darrow.

In 1983 she and her husband became managers of Charles H. Kerr & Company, a publisher of radical books in Chicago;[4] she also directs Black Swan Press/Surrealist Editions with him.

The Alternatives in Publication Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association awarded the Rosemonts and Carlos Cortez the 2001 Jackie Eubanks Memorial Award "recogniz[ing] outstanding achievement in promoting the acquisition and use of alternative materials in libraries."[5]

She later served as Co-President of the Movement for a Democratic Society (MDS).[6]


  1. ^ G. Jurek Polanski. SURREALIST EXPERIENCES: 1001 Dawns, 221 Midnights.: By Penelope Rosemont, Foreword by Rikki Ducornet (Book Review).
  2. ^ Buhle, Marie Jo (1983). Women and the American Left: A Guide to Sources. G.K. Hall, 243. 
  3. ^ Rosemont, Franklin (2003). Revolution in the Service of the Marvelous. Charles H. Kerr Publishing Company, 49. ISBN 0-88286-350-9. 
  4. ^ Ruff, Allen (1997). "We Called Each Other Comrade": Charles H. Kerr and Company, Radical Publishers. University of Illinois Press, 206. 
  5. ^ Jackie Eubanks Memorial Award.
  6. ^ MDS Denounces Actions of Pace University.
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