Canadian Federation of Poets Newsletter
Keeping you informed
        August 1st 2007

In This Issue

Welcome New Members

Poetry Canada is Shipping

Featured Event

The Poetry of Children Focus

 CFP Events

Member News

Contests & Calls

Spread the Word!



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

New Members:

  • Boris Kuvshinoff - Baltimore, MD
  • Alexis Drewicki, Valleyview, AB
  • Michael Ugulini, Toronto, ON

  • Cameron Dix - Etobicoke, ON
  • Debbie Auchterlonie - Beaverton, ON
  • Giorgio Julian Manna - Toronto. ON
  • Dawn Burnett - Peterborough. ON
  • Mauro Cappa - Toronto. ON
  • Charlie Galan - Nanaimo, BC
  • Sally Kraus - Boston, MA
  • Sean Bradford - Brantford, ON
  • Gina Roitman, Montreal, QC

  • Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean
    C.C, C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D.
    Governor General of Canada

  • Fenna Schaapman
  • Bonita Summers
  • Sylvia McGrath
  • Norma West Linder
  • Clark LaPointe
  • Donna Thompson

    Check out this month's feature poet Rebecca Cuevas De Caissie


    It is ready, and should be arriving shortly for CFP members and Poetry Canada subscribers.

    A reminder that for only $9.95 USD for the full year, you can get a look at over 15 editions and always the current edition of Poetry Canada in PDF format. Get all the great information from 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007 - for one LOW PRICE! ORDER TODAY and get started right away!

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    Check out the current contests:

  • Poetry Canada Tribute to Friendship Contest

  • Rhyming Poetry; where the winner of each will appear in Poetry Canada magazine and get a free copy! Call now open.


    Stella Ducker, CFP Chair of the Durham Region, is hosting a festival on Sept 22, 2007.  Get more details from:
  • Stellar Literary Festival
    We promote FREE contests, if you have one, let us know and we'll let everyone else know.

  • Federation of Poets

    Proudly display the CFP logo on your site, and let us know, and you'll be  automatically entered into a contest where you can win a free ad in Poetry Canada.  Link to:

    Winner will be announced December 31st.  Help poetry, and yourself - it's a win, win!




    The Artists for a Better World Festival planning is underway, and this year I am in charge of the Poetry Event, and I would love for you to come and share your poems on Saturday October 13th, 2007 from 12-2pm in Hollywood, CA.

    If you live in the area, or are looking for a fantastic excuse to have a vacation in Hollywood, California, I would love to have you as a featured poet, and promote you along with the event.

    Contact Me to Find Out More and get featured!

    If you're interested in purchasing a copy of the AFABW poetry anthology you can get it from:


    Betty Dobson of Halifax, Nova Scotia who has taken on the position of Calendar Coordinator!

    If you are a CFP member, this is a great way to promote your book launches, appearances, and check out contest calls and events.

    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. Send your information to: Calendar Coordinator: Betty Dobson


    Canadian Federation of Poets
    2431 Cyprus Avenue
    Burlington, ON L7P 1G5

    PS - I am away from July 24th - August 15th.  If you send an email during this time, I'll get back to you on my return.  I'll be in Vancouver and Alberta during this time.

    Summer Poetry and Inspirations All Around Us

    The sultry heat of August is a perfect time to create poetry and enter the anthologies while you enjoy the carefree days of summer and plan your poetry agenda for the fall. 

    The next edition of Poetry Canada is shipping, and together with the new Editor Betty Dobson, it should prove to be a very enjoyable read. 

    Enjoy the rest of your summer and your writing.
    If you'd like to see some pictures of my summer adventures, they're posted on my blog at

    Remember The call is now open for all 10 anthologies.  Enter them ALL!
                              The Poetry of (TM) ....
                                 World-wide Call

         Check them all out, and submit to any that speaks
         to you.   The Poetry of...

                             Enjoy the journey.

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



              Editor: Rebecca Cuevas De Caissie

    Something we can all relate to, since we were all once children, and some of the very lucky few, have managed to keep that youthful outlook in everything they do.  I know I try to still play like a kid, of course, having young kids keeps me constantly reminded of how I am supposed to act.  That doesn't mean being irresponsible, it just means, keeping connected with the child within.

    This anthology is about your childhood memories, your memories of your children, their children, child-like yearnings of years gone by, anything that brings back the essence of children.

    Especially when it comes to poetry, children start off loving it, with nursery rhymes.  Then they love it through childhood, and then hit high school and they are taught what they write is wrong, in the wrong way, and no consideration is given to creativity and imagination fist, form second.  So they stop, and only a few lucky make it through or continue to do it into adulthood.  Write about this, and how we can make the transition for teens easier to poetry.

    Experiment, share memories, tell us about your journey, as a child, a mother, a grandmother, father, grandfather, any relationship you can think of. The newspaper boy who came at Christmas, your favourite memory, whatever you want, about children or your childhood. 

    This isn't a book for children, it's about them.

    Rebecca is really active with the youth for the CFP, so sh
    e is excited to get to know everyone better through your CHILDREN poems.

    Start your next masterpiece.

    Go to:


         NEW CFP MEMBERSHIP      

    In addition to the 20 benefits you get already, including Poetry Canada magazine right to your door, the latest in a long line of taking care of our members is you will be able to:

    Submit 3 poems to each and every anthology increasing your chances of acceptance.

     EVERY ONE ELSE can only send in ONE per  anthology for consideration. 

    All submissions will be free.


                    JOIN TODAY! 


    Advertise your book here for just $25 or $10 if you are a CFP member, or get a free book announce here with every 4 week
    Feature Book reservation.



  • Tuesday August 3rd, 2007 - 7pm
    Oakville Federation Critique Night

    Contact: George Arnold
    World Coffee
    321 Lakeshore Rd. E, Oakville, ON

    Bring some of your work for critiquing and work-shopping
  • Thursday August 19th, 2007 - 7pm
    Oakville Federation
    Contact: George Arnold
    Timothy's World Coffee
    321 Lakeshore Rd. E, Oakville, ON

    Open mic event for all members, non members and Federation Affiliate members to participate in.
  • Wednesday August 8th, 2007 - 7pm
    Halifax Federation of Poets
    Mollyz Diner
    2104 Gottingen Street, Halifax, NS
    Every third Wednesday of each month
    contact Betty Dobson or Donelda Kent
    at or

    Thursday August 30th, 2007 - 7pm
    New Brunswick Federation

    Pizza Delight
    9362 Main St. Richibucto, NB
    Contact: Rebecca Cuevas De Caissie
    Admission: Free

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


  • Durham Region Federation of Poets
    contact Stella Ducker at


  • Penticton, BC Federation of Poets
    contact Donna Thompson at:

  • Calgary, Alberta Federation of Poets
    contact Wei Yin at:

    NEW** India Federation of Poets

    contact Nikhil Parekh at:

  • Check out all the details on the calendar


    If you are a CFP member with exciting news, let us know.  Send an email with the news in it, and a subject line of CFP Member News.

    Donna Thompson -

    Congratulations the these members...

    Josie Di Sciascio-Andrews, Aileen Calligaris, Mark Clement, Flavia Cosma, J Graham Ducker, Peggy Fletcher, Debbie Okun Hill, Bunny Iskov, Clark LaPointe, Norma West Linder, Tracy Repchuk, Lynn Tait

    who appear in The Ontario Poetry Society anthology "Butterfly Thunder"

    Raymond Fenech, Peggy Fletcher, Tracy Repchuk, Orania Hamilton, Amir Hasham, Bunny Iskov, Clark LaPointe, Richard Masterton, Nikhil Parekh

    who appear in The Artists for a Better World "Spirit of Humanity"

    Canadian Federation of Poets