Canadian Federation of Poets Newsletter
Keeping you informed
       December 2007

In This Issue

Welcome New Members

Poetry Canada Coming Soon

Featured Book

The Power of the Internet

 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:

  • David Brydges - Edmonton, AB
  • Pamela Mordecai - Toronto, ON
  • Nancy Rattle -
  • Pam McGoldrick -
  • Janet Harvey -
  • Phillip Lawrence Harrison - Edmonton, AB
  • Daphne Rose Kingma - Santa Barbara, CA
  • Charlotte Ann Zuzak - Grove City, PA
  • Richard Thellmann - Canal Fulton, OH
  • Sharon Sedola - Greenwood, BC
  • Johaina Soralta - Thornhill, ON
  • Gili Haimovich - Toronto, ON
  • Cheryl Xavier - Mississauga, ON
  • Margaret Averill - Westbank, BC
  • Raymond Middlemiss - Schelt, BC
  • Joan Sutcliffe - Toronto, ON
  • Charlene Robson - Vancouver, BC
  • Kelly Graham - Devon, AB
    Julie Ann Gilders, Calgary, AB
    Carol Clarke - Oshawa, ON
  • Jovan Vuksanovich - Oakville, ON
  • David MacLean - North Vancouver, BC

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

  • Karen Cole
  • Josie Di Sciascio-Andrews
    Linda Dowd
  • Fenna Schaapman
  • Bonita Summers
  • Sylvia McGrath
  • Norma West Linder
  • Clark LaPointe



    Poetry Canada has shipped and your copies should have all arrived. 

    This is a beautiful edition with photography by Perry Hoffman.

    It also contains poetry by:

  • Tom McFadden
  • Jay Krishnan
  • Tracey Gainforth
  • Ellen Fuchs
  • Roderick Benns
  • dc Vanston
  • Alacrity Stone
  • Rosa Hong Chen
  • Michael Corrino
  • Graham Ducker
  • Theodore Christou
  • Francesca Calabrese
  • Linda Frank
  • Lisa A Gray
  • Ricky Rapoport Friesem

  • Plus...
    Winners of the CFP Youth Poetry Contest

    Get your copy today!

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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.

  • 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!

    Absolutely Humane
    By Deepak Sarkar (Kolki)

    Poems by Kolki: Absolutely Humane

    “Poems by Kolki – Absolutely Humane”, a recipe for a better world, which makes a wonderful gift during Christmas and holiday spirit with universal messages of peace and love from a Indo-Canadian-American Author.

    It's a book of thoughtful poems written from realizations toward achieving a peaceful and co-existing heaven on Earth. These poems are about universal well being, peace and love, as perceived by the author, a dual Canadian and American citizen originally from Kolkata, India, throughout his life and during years of renunciation phase – revisiting world history and religion without pre-conceived notions!

    ISBN-13: 9781425123956
    Publisher: Trafford Publishing - July 2007
    Format: Paperback

    Available at


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




    Betty Dobson of Halifax, Nova Scotia is the 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


    Over 20 benefits including a free subscription to Poetry Canada magazine, contest and anthology benefits.





    December - the spirit of Christmas, Hannakah, Kwanza, and family get togethers celebrating your traditions, and the month of Goodwill towards man.   This is the time to complete your end of the year cycle, the start of fall, seasons for some, and a beautiful time to hunker into your poetry!

    For me, I am looking forward to getting my entries into the anthology, and have had to turn down three speaking engagements for December just so I can get some other work done - but I still have 5 phone interviews set up from Australia, Malaysia, UK, US, and Women eCommerce Magazine along with 3 teleseminars.  Still pretty packed.

    I hope your writing is flowing, and you are taking advantage of the many publishing opportunities on right now - especially with 10 Anthology Calls open - it's an exciting time to put your publishing credits into affluence for a prosperous 2008.

    If you want to check to what I am always up to, you can get a direct RSS feed to my blog from

    Enter them ALL!
    The call is open for all 10 anthologies. 
                              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



    A funny question came to me the other day, and when it happened, it never really dawned on me until then that some poets didn't purchase a business license, especially if you self-published.

    Now, not everyone needs to do this, and there are pros and cons to any business decision, but what did occur to me is that anyone who buys a computer to write their poetry on, or uses space in their home to write, or goes to conventions, or perhaps took a trip somewhere and wrote poetry or spoke at an event locally, or met with another group of poets - is letting a lot of deductions slip through their fingers, and thousands of dollars worth of write-offs which can lead to lovely refunds at the end of the year, for doing what you already do.

    Now I will start this article with I am not a lawyer or tax consultant, but I do know smart business sense, and as an accountant with a designation, I know what expenses I track and deduct within the rights of business and provincial laws.  And it is my guess that every province or state has a slew of deductions that if you were set up as a business, you could deduct and claim against any income, or write-off as a loss.

    So I would contact whoever currently files your taxes for you, and tell them that you are going to purchase a business license (average cost is $60 for 5 years), and are going to start operating as a sole proprietorship business for your writing and book production. 

    Now comments such as - "You have to make money in order to write stuff off against the business - that's not true - 'you have to have the intention of making money' which I am assuming you do, regardless of whether you make a bucket full of it or not is another thing, I'm sure you hope you make money at it. 

    Even if you don't have the intention of making money and do it just for the craft and joy of it and don't want the money for yourself, how about having the intention to make money, and donating it to a charity.  Now that's not a bad thing, and doesn't degrade the value of writing or creating just because the inspiration hits.

    Then you can start to deduct all sorts of things such as:

    - Paper supplies, computer, printer ink, stamps for contest mailings, books for learning, eating out at a poetry event, traveling to a poetry event - car maintenance and gas, advertising and promotion for your book, publication and printing of your books, website access for research, membership fees to poetry or business organizations, magazine subscriptions, a percent of your home if you have an office environment you use for writing or book publishing - and this can include hydro, mortgage, rent, taxes, and so much more.

    Even if you don't make money but have a whole bunch of write-offs, if you file combined with your spouse it will deduct from the gross income of both of you.

    By implementing this one idea, not only could you write off your CFP membership, but it will have paid for itself many years to come.



  • Tuesday December 4th, 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 December 20th, 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 December 12th, 2007 - 7pm
    Halifax Federation of Poets
    Mollyz Diner
    2104 Gottingen Street, Halifax, NS
    Every third Wednesday of each month
    contact Donelda Kent

    Thursday December 27th, 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.

    Tracy Repchuk -

    * Her article was published on "Networking - the Naked Truth" in WE Magazine for Women
    * Featured speaker an motivator in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and London, UK as well as San Jose, CA
    Bonita Summers -

    * Appeared on Covered and Bound at York University Radio 105.5 on Nov. 5th.

    Glenda Walker Hobbs -

    * Glenda Walker-Hobbs has published a new book of poetry called "One With the Spirit." The book is a book of spiritual poems and reflects one woman's spiritual journey.   See her current selection of books just posted in the CFPShop

    Thelma Davidson -

    * Featured reader at James Dewar's Hot Sauced Words.  
    * Gave an in-class presentation on poet Maggie Helwig's book "One Building In The Earth" (ECW Press, Toronto 2002) on October 24th at
    Influency 3:  A Toronto Poetry Salon

    David Fraser -

    * Had a number of poems accepted for publication and a book launch reading in Victoria, along with regular reading, organizing and hosting the WordStorm, open mike spoken word monthly event.
    Planet Earth Poetry, The Black Stilt Cafe, Victoria, BCread from his book of poetry, Running Down the Wind.
    * Had poems published in Conceit Magazine in the November and December Issues 2007, in Long Short Story October and November Issues 2007, in Imperfectionists Monthly for October 2007, Locust Magazine for November 2007 and Autumn Leaf November 2007.


    Barbara Kahan -  

    * The Poetry chapbook "Illustrated Tales of Romance" by Barbara Kahan has just been published by if press

    Clark LaPointe -  

    * Won the "Editor's Choice Award" from for my poem "The Passion of the Kidney Transplant".

    Graham Ducker -  

    * Poem An Ethereal Visit was chosen for the Poems for Big Kids anthology

    Josie Andrews -

    One of my poems entitled "Smoking Pit" was chosen for publication in 'Borderlines', the 2007 Ascent Aspirations Anthology. 
    * Two of my poems entitled 'A Cardinal in the Cedars' and 'Closing Time at the Bistro', were chosen for publication in 'Butterfly Thunder', the Ontario Poetry Society's 2007anthology.

    * Three of my poems were published in 'Borderless Skies', the 2007 anthology of the Canada Cuba Literary Alliance.

    * My poem entitled 'Christmas Memories' is being showcased, along with other local poetry, in an exhibit of Christmas poetry, art and photography at St. Jude's Anglican Church in downtown Oakville, as part of their advent season special events.

    * Her non-fiction book 'How the Italians Created Canada' is coming out for sale on January 3, 2008.
    It is available at Chapters Indigo stores.

    * In November, read three of my poems at the Burlington Art Center to honour the beautiful paintings of Canadian artist Gery Puley.

    Deborah L. Kelly -
    * Featuerd speaker at World Poetry Reading Series,” at the Vancouver Public Library, 350 W. Georgia Street in Vancouver, on December 17th.

    Orania Hamilton -
    * Released her latest book "Cries of the Soul" published by Water Forest Press, 100 pages of romantic and heartfelt poetry focusing on intense experiences of life and love.


                 ATTN: ALL MEMBERS
                   RE: EMAIL PRIVACY

    So far I have only had this happen once, but it was brought to my attention that a CFP member was directly emailing poems to other CFP members.

    Unless you have been invited to email those members - that is called SPAM. 

    It is against CFP policy to spam others, especially after they have asked that this behaviour not be repeated. 

    If you want to share your poetry, the ONLY place to do that is by posting it in the CFPChat area. 

    Then others can go there, view it, and contact you if THEY want to.  

    If as a CFP member you have an event to promote, again - do not email the members directly - send it to us, and we will put it on the CFP Calendar - and THEY can check it out if they are interested.

    There are many communication methods in place, the CFPChat area, the calendar, CFPShop, and you can visit other poets sites and post comments on their blog if it permits that, but DO NOT, especially after you have been asked to stop - EMAIL ANYONE that has not invited you.

    This is for the care and respect of ALL members that the proper communication channels be used.  The CFPChat area allows you to post your work, invite others to your site, whatever you want to do.  This is as far as you should need to take it. 

    I have spoken with the one member that participated in this, and if it repeats, please inform me and membership will be immediately revoked.