Canadian Federation of Poets Newsletter
Keeping you informed April 1st 2006

In This Issue

Poetry Canada New Edition

Welcome New Members

Last Call for Spirit of Humanity Anthology

Members in the News

CFP Events

Poetry Canada Locations

2005 Canadian Federation of Poets', Poet of the Year

CFP Feedback

Contests & Calls


Be sure to introduce yourself in the Federation on-line forums, and check out the member biography section to find out more about each.

  • Fenna Schaapman - Calgary, Alberta
  • Susan Carr - New Westminister, BC
  • Janet Harvey - Thornhill, ON

  • Lynn Tait - Sarnia, ON
  • Debbie Okun Hill - Camlachie, ON
  • Debra Kraft - Canton, MI USA

    What are you waiting for?
    Join today and look forward to an exciting year of contests, events and publishing opportunities.

    Check out this months feature poet George Arnold.

    Poetry Canada magazine

    Great articles - "Squawk versus Talk - the art of communication", beautiful photography, and inspiring poetry.

    Check out the latest edition of Poetry Canada March/April/May 2006

  • Looking to pick up a copy of Poetry Canada magazine? Well you can now get it at Toronto's one-stop-artist-spot, The Renaissance Cafe - 1938 Danforth Avenue. More details at:

    Check out the current contests:
  • Global Village and
  • Rhyming Poetry; where the winner of each will appear in Poetry Canada magazine. Call now open.

  • Get your submissions in NOW for the Artists For A Better World anthology themed and titled: The Spirit of Humanity.

    Check out all of the submission details at;

    There is no submission fee.


  • Aldyth Joubert Sea Point, Cape Town, South Africa - CFP Member

    "Thank you to the Canadian Federation of Poets. I have been thrown a life line and Tracy, you have given me a voice - you are truly the poets’ angel!

    Instead of sitting back and saying no one is interested in poetry today, you have been proactive and done truly pioneering work by putting up this website and publishing a magnificent magazine.

    It really has inspired me to see how you respond personally to everyone’s emails with help and guidance; it must take hours and hours of tireless effort to cope with the demands.

    Congratulations and a big THANK YOU, Tracy, may you continue to be a blessing to us all!"

    Check out more or send a testimonial in yourself
  • April is Poetry Month, so be sure to use some of the suggestions from last month and really make an effort to get poetry out there. If you haven't gotten your poetry into to the Spirit of Humanity anthology which is about to close, send that in ASAP. This Sunday April 2nd, come to the Burlington Art Centre and join us as we present our interpretation of the art.

    Make April the month you give yourself the gift of membership if you haven't already become a member of The Canadian Federation of Poets. A free subscription to Poetry Canada magazine and over 20 other benefits, to really get your money's worth.

    Check out the testimonial below, and the many others like it.

    Tracy Lynn Repchuk
    President and Founder of the Canadian Federation of Poets


    What can you say about a poet who has won this honour for a second year in a row? You can say that George Arnold is a poet who strives for excellence in every task he does, continues to motivate, advance poetry, and helps to make the Canadian Federation of Poets as prominent as it is today.

    With eight Federation Chapters across five countries and growing, we need you to be a part of this poetry movement too!

    George holds at least two events every month; one to help poets express themselves in an open mic environment among friends, and the other to help poets refine and hone their craft at a critique and workshop session. In addition he is active in other local poetry and arts groups, and provides the CFP with a local voice as a member of the Board of Directors for the Oakville Arts Council and Editorial Chair of their magazine, Arts About Town.

    All of this while recently completing his Electrician's Apprenticeship program at Ford Motor Company, which means work and school.

    George has just released and is promoting his first book Living Through Love which is a unique outlook on falling in or out of love. Each poem takes you through terrain that only a heart and soul can endure, and invites you on the journey that rules us all.

    In addition, he understands the CFP's position on youth, and the importance of nurturing their spirit and encouraging them to use poetry as a outlet of safe expression; so he holds a local poetry contest in the high schools where students can submit their poetry, and the winners receive $100, $50, and $25 prize packages for multiple categories. It is a big event to run, and George manages, coordinates, and with his team gets the sponsors we need to make it happen.

    Every member is important to us, and every member can contribute something to the CFP. It can be your time and talent like George, it can be as a forum moderator and chairperson like Donna Thompson, it can be as a proofreader like David Chirko, or calendar coordinator like Kevin Craig, but whatever you do, just make sure you do something. Let me know what you like to do, and I'll find some way you can be more active with the CFP.

    There is nothing that can make you feel more alive than contributing to a good cause that helps you, and the landscape of society.

    Look for the next newsletter for my special request to you, or email me now and I will send it to you early. Together we will take this journey to the next level.

    Find out more about George


    Dr. Stephen Gill - CFP Member, Ansted Poet Laureate, writer and poet of peace has been appointed as Dean of Creative Writing and Peace Studies at Marquess College, London, England. Along with Professor Kersey they have been involved with Ansted University and the World University. For years, Dr.Stephen Gill represented the World University (USA) as its chief delegate for Canada.

    Dr. Stephen Gill is a recipient of several national and international awards for his writings and also for peace and has authored more than twenty books, including novels, literary studies, collections of poems and books of historical nature. His poetry and prose have appeared in more than five hundred publications. He has been an examiner of the Ph.D. dissertations for universities in India for years.


  • Sunday April 2nd at 2:00pm
    Burlington Federation

    Contact: Tracy Repchuk
    Burlington Art Centre
    1333 Lakeshore Rd., Burlington, ON

    Poets are invited to present their poetry in response to this exhibit.
    (3 artists with colour/pattern on painted furniture, quilts and ceramics)

  • Thursday April 20th, 2006 - 7pm
    Oakville Federation

    Contact: George Arnold
    Timothy's World Coffee
    321 Lakeshore Rd. E, Oakville,

    Open mic event where poets and performers can get together and share both poetry and short stories.

  • Friday April 21st, 2006 - 7pm

    The Canadian Federation of Poets
    The Halton CFP Youth Poetry Event

    Assumption Catholic High School
    3230 Woodward Avenue, Burlington, ON

    Featuring the prize-winning youth poets from Halton and specially invited guest poets.

    Door prizes and Tickets only $3

    Come and support the writers of tomorrow

    Check out all of our happenings or get complete details on the above events from our on-line calendar.


    Calendar Coordinator: Kevin Craig

    If you are a CFP member, or a CFP Affiliate Organization feel free to submit your events to us. It is a great way to easily increase attendance.

    Canadian Federation of Poets