Canadian Federation of Poets Newsletter
Keeping you informed December 20th, 2006

In This Issue

Welcome New Members

Poetry Canada $9.95 Subscription

Featured Books

Christmas Gift Ideas for You and Your Friends

CFP Events

Make 2007 the Year of Promotion

Contests & Calls

Spread the Word!

Forum Fun


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:
  • Paul Gerhardt Fleisher - Accra, Ghana
  • Lesley Pasquin - Kirkland, QC
  • Prasenjit Singh - Noapara, Kolkata
  • Gary Pierluigi - Mississauga, ON
  • Mitali Adhvaryu - Toronto, ON
  • Robert L. Fisher - Woodbridge, ON
  • Joan Shillington - Calgary, AB
  • Renee Ewing - Irricana, Alberta

  • Amir Hasham
  • Elaine Traviss
  • David Fraser
  • Lorna J. Knox
  • Thelma Davidson

    Check out this months feature poet Nikhil Parekh.


    Poetry Canada magazine

    Poetry Canada is now available for only $9.95 USD in PDF format, for a full year. Get all the great information from 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007 - for one LOW PRICE! ORDER TODAY and get started right away!

    This edition features great articles, wonderful poetry, amazing photography, and tons of great things to enjoy, buy and share.

    Get your copy today!
    Poetry Canada Magazine

    Check out the current contests:
  • NEW! The Way to Happiness and
  • Rhyming Poetry; where the winner of each will appear in Poetry Canada magazine and get a free copy! Call now open.

  • NEW! Stellar Showcase Journal
    Our Fall Issue (online & print) are published and we are now focusing on our Winter Issue (Dec 1st quarterly publication) Our poets and writers are from all over the world. Check out our online journal.

  • Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest - No Fee
    Online Submission Deadline: April 1, 2007
    Winning Writers invites you to enter the sixth annual Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest. The prize pool has doubled to $3,336.40 in cash, with a top prize of $1,359. There is no fee to enter. Judge: Jendi Reiter.
    Submit online

  • Federation of Poets

    The Canadian Federation has a new logo, and we want everyone to take it, and put it on their website. If you have a website, put it up there. If you receive this newsletter, you are free to copy the logo, and put it on your website, with a link to

    Anyone who puts the logo up, let us know with an email that has "Promote Poetry" in the subject line, and the website name, and on December 31st, we will select one lucky winner to win a free ad in Poetry Canada magazine's Poets' Marketplace section. Help poetry, and yourself - it's a win, win!

    If you need help, let me know and I'll show you what you need to put in your webpage to get it running.


    Are you looking for a nice area to post your poetry, share your thoughts, and meet like-minded people who believe the written and spoken word is crucial to the fabric of society and its growth.

    Then you should be a part of the CFP Forum. This group is respectful, and since it requires approval to participate, it ensures we have a community that cherishes friendship and growth.

    For the Christmas season we have 2 special forums for you - Christmas Cheer and Resolutions, where you can find friends, share your resolutions and stories, post your poetry, and make things happen in 2007. Post your goals in the resolutions section, and then check back in to update on how you are doing, or seek advice, or see what other people plan for themselves. More importantly though - have fun here.

    If you haven't registered for the Forum/CFPChat Area - it is FREE. Check out this newsletter for how to do it. Already registered? Proceed to the:
  • Resolutions Forum
  • Christmas Cheer Forum


    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

  • Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, and Happy Holidays and joy for all celebrations. It is that time where we start to think about our goals for 2007. Keep a pad of paper handy, and record what you want from your poetry, career, life, personal growth, relationships, all of the aspects that compose your life, and then start to make steps towards getting them. The CFP wants the best for you, but only you can make it happen. Join a group that will help you achieve your goals, gather your friends for support, do whatever you need to in order to be accountable for your goals. If you want to move forward this year, or fulfill a life-long dream, put the steps in place to help make it a reality. Have a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    Check out all of the benefits and become a part of the CFP family for a full year of poetry fun, and a free bonus subscription to Poetry Canada magazine.

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


    The Future Looks Bright
    For those of you who did not get an opportunity to check out the Canadian Federation of Poets anthology "The Future Looks Bright," then we have some good news. That book was completely sold out - but thanks to companies such as LuLu.Com - we can now make it available to you, through them.

    LuLu.Com is a publishing house that prints one copy at a time. Not great for profit, but great for being able to keep the book available, and for anyone that didn't get a copy - you can now.

    LuLu Press


    ATTENTION CFP Ezine READERS: If you're thinking about writing a book, I strongly recommend you take a look at this site!

    Christmas is coming, and it's time to start your shopping. You can pick something special for yourself, a friend, family member, business associate, anyone you buy gifts for. They probably have everything they need, why not get them something they never thought of. The gift of emotion, feelings, thought, humour, and all between the pages of poetry or other books. Check out our new recommended store and the CFPShop area where great books from wonderful people are available everyday.

    Check out our NEW Feature Store


    Two Tales of Mystery by Lorna J Knox

    A psychological haunting drama - two short stories combined into one volume to create a delightful mystery novella with two seriously twisted endings.

    Warm and caring, shadowed and uplifting and haunting.
    ISBN: 1-4137-5308-6, 48 pages, 6 x 9

    US$9.95 - Purchase your copy today!


    Poetic Beauty By Joanne Joyce Green

    Joanne Joyce Williams was born in Toronto, Ontario, where she lives with her husband Donald. Like many of us, poetry came into her life early as a child of eight, while she was sitting under the table while Mother sang. As a ripe young woman of 90 years young, she was inspired to create POETIC BEAUTY which is a story Joanne wrote in the hopes of giving teens the courage to stand up and say no to abuse when dating. This story is about a teen who finds herself in a bad situation, and must make choices and look honestly at her feelings - and that she alone must find the courage to make them.

    Paperback - 84 pages ISBN #08059-9109-3

    Get your copy today for $12.00 from Rose Dog Books

    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.


  • Thursday December 21st, 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.

  • Sunday December 17th, 2006 - 2pm
    Ottawa Federation

    Contact: Richard Vallance
    Royal Oak II Restaurant
    161 Laurier East, Ottawa

    Every third Sunday of the month. 2-4pm
    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:

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


    If you have a book that hasn't been selling the way you would like, it may be time to take a look at the promotion you are doing for it. When polled, most poets responded the only promotion they did was to take it with them to readings, and even then, they didn't promote it (excluding putting it on a table with a price tag.) When you promote at a passive level, you may just end up with passive sales. Here are some low cost plans you can make for 2007 to help improve the sale of your book.

  • If you are a CFP member, for only $27.50 you can have a 4 month appearance in Poetry Canada magazine in the Poets' Marketplace section. For less than $30, you can be in a magazine with your book! (Price is $55 for non-members) Poets' Marketplace Sample

  • If you are a CFP member, you can have an announcement in this newsletter, appear on the front index page of the CFP site (over 140,000 hits per month), appear at the top of the page in the CFPShop store, for a total of 5 weeks, for only $20! (A $65 value) That's $4 per week for the promotion of your book - not a big investment, but it could make a big difference. (cost is $30 for non-members) Book Promote Plan

  • Reserve a table and participate in book fairs. Even better, share it with a friend, and have some company for the day.

  • Plan a reading from your book at a local coffee shop. Include about 4 readers, offer a discount, and make it fun. If you are a CFP member, promote your event for FREE in the CFP calendar.

  • If you're a CFP member, tell us what wonderful things you have done. Did you have a book launch, attend an event, win a contest, get selected for an anthology... whatever your news, let us know, and we'll share it in this newsletter.

    Recent Member News:
  • Dmytro Drozdovskyi, CFP Ukraine, has become a member of the editorial board of the most prestigious literary magazine in the Ukraine, called VSESVIT, which translates to mean "All the World" or "Universe"
  • Richard Vallance has just published his latest edition of Vallance Review, Winter 2007. You can find out more at: Vallance Review
  • Nikhil Parekh, CFP India, received his second LIMCA World Record, by becoming the first poet from India to win an EPPIE Award.
  • Tracy Repchuk was awarded on stage in Hollywood, California at the Artists For A Better World Year End Event, a certificate for "Very High Commendations" for her participation in the AFABW Festival, and serving as the Editor for their anthology, "Spirit of Humanity."

    Whatever you do, do something to help get your work out there, and have your voice really be heard!

    Canadian Federation of Poets