Canadian Federation of Poets Newsletter
Keeping you informed December 2005

In This Issue

Poetry Canada Advertising Opportunities

Welcome New Members

Member Feedback

New Books Listed

CFP Events

Poetry Canada is shipping!

New Contest


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

  • Thomas M Hall - Glendale, California
  • Gordon Wicks - Gander, NFLD
  • Elka Enola - Oakville, ON
  • Gary Gaines - Toronto, ON
  • Thelma Davidson - Ajax, ON
  • Rina Dubosarski - North York, ON
  • Annie Flaherty - Toronto, ON
  • Caroline Misner - Georgetown, ON
  • Amina Bhimla - North York, ON

  • Richard Vallance - Ottawa, ON
  • Barb Richards - Kearney, ON
  • 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 Kevin Craig.

    Poetry Canada magazine

    This edition includes:
  • The Business of Writing
  • How to critique poems without being offensive

    With Christmas just around the corner, we'd like to offer some great gift giving ideas, all for under $35!

    1. Poetry Canada is hot off the presses with tons of great articles, tips and poetry to inspire you through the winter months. A great gift idea for those impossible to buy for friends and family. Book Review, How to critique a poem without offending, top tips to creating a query, self esteem and the poet, plus some of the most beautiful poetry submitted. Order Today!

    2. Got a closet poet in your life? Then get them active and involved with a Canadian Federation of Poets membership. Starting at just $35, this gift will be life-changing, and add to the betterment of society and the arts. The more poets we get proudly out there - even if they are moonlighting as an accountant or executive, the faster the word will spread that poetry is life!

    3. Take a look in our CFPShop where we have a fantastic array of books and stocking stuffers to help you achieve your goals in life. Promotion of poetry, and help of another poet. Instant karma, starting at just $5!! Perfect for those secret santa events, and less fattening than chocolate and more expressive than socks.

    Check out the new contest "Global Village" where the winner will appear in Poetry Canada magazine. Call now open.


  • Nikhil Parekh - "It's a supreme privilege being associated with the Canadian Federation of Poets and Poetry Canada Magazine. Poetry is a tough art to be appreciated and pioneered/patronized ahead, but the Canadian Federation of Poets founded by Tracy Lynn Repchuk puts all apprehensions to celestial rest. Never has an organization so brilliantly patronized poets from across the world, although having its rudiments in Canada. I would personally like to congratulate Tracy Lynn Repchuk, the President for so amazingly crafting an organization such as this; which inspires poets from all nationalities/countries/fraternities to be a part of it and propagate their craft forward via the federation. Any poet who joins the Canadian Federation of Poets is sure to reach towards the ultimate heights of his poetic career."

    Read more AND submit yours!


    Be sure to check out in the CFPShop section these new books from members. They make great gifts!

  • Living Through Love by George Arnold - $10
  • Flames of a Rose by Lorna Joy Knox - $19.95 USD
  • Postmodern Light by Paul Hartal

    Get complete book details at CFPShop
  • "I SEE WHITE THINGS!" Okay, so now you all know that I have a morbid hatred of the cold. I did realize that I love snow - if only it was warm. It's shiny, and pretty, and blankets the landscape with a fresh new perspective - but - it requires moving off my driveway and walkways and I can only see through a tiny opening on my windshield. It amazes me I get out of bed in the winter at all. Perhaps a past life as a grizzly bear has served me well. But thankfully I have many groups and people who depend on me, so I do awake full of zest, and bounce and leap into my day with great enthusiasm, and sip my hot chocolate with those tiny little marshmallows while looking out my frosted windows. And again, this got me thinking about being needed and depended on, and how it relates to responsibility for myself, and others in helping to make the world a better place, and my home a great environment, and our schools a learning ground, and the importance of educating everyone through our words. Wow, all that from a little bit of snow.

    So I wanted to add a bit of a challenge this month, and that is to prepare yourself for a 2006 that incorporates into your plans one way you can help each month, especially by getting your words or encouragement across to others. Plan to write with a purpose. Take your talent and teach it. We do have a responsibility to this planet and its people, so help put poetry everywhere!

    If you have any ideas, questions, or want to start a local Federation in your area, let me know!

    Send me an email.
    Tracy Lynn Repchuk President and Founder of the Canadian Federation of Poets

    Poetry Canada Advertising Opportunities

    POETS MARKETPLACE - Get your message out there!

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    Now you can advertise in Poetry Canada magazine for as little as $30! Unbelievable magazine rate to directly reach the people that buy poetry. Rates start at $55 per insertion, and reduce if you book more than one issue. Plus - if you are a Canadian Federation of Poets member, you get a discount of 50% off the posted rates in the Poets Marketplace section, making it as little as $30 to give it a try!!!

    To reserve your spot, simply fill out the booking form, and then mail your payment in. Details are on the order form. If you're not a CFP member, maybe now is the perfect time to join and take advantage of the 50% discount, that ends up making your membership practically free - plus you get a full one year subscription to Poetry Canada magazine in addition.

    So make 2006 the year you invest in yourself and your work.

    Book your spot today!


    It's that time again where your voice counts!

    The Canadian Federation of Poets is conducting a survey so that we can address the needs of poets and the poetry industry with our strategic planning for next year.

    It only takes a few minutes, and we want EVERYONE who has even started to read this request to do it right now - before you forget, put it in a drawer, drop it under your desk, or promise to do it later. If you do it now - it's done!

    Take the 2006 CFP Survey

    Your time is appreciated, and your opinion matters. We will be tabulating and publishing the results so that every poet and organization can benefit.


  • Thursday December 15th, 2005 - 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 December 30th, 2005 at 7pm
    Milton Federation event
    Contact: Jenny Panda
    Milton Cafe
    Ontario Street North, Milton

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

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


    Special Limited Time Offer:

    Buy 3, get 1 FREE. Book any 3 ads, and you get one free, plus you can decide which month's they go out in advance. Get your message across, until it is heard.
    CFP member only $15, non CFP members, the rate is $25. Get your word out there!

    To reserve this spot send an email to; and we'll get in touch and help you reach your objectives.


    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.


    I am a pretty blessed person. I have been nominated for Business Woman of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce, Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year, have received awards for my companies, my products, my work, my writing, my volunteer work, and am a member of the International Who's Who for multiple professions - but never before have I had someone write a poem about me and publish it in their book. It is simply called "For Tracy", and he also drew a picture as well. I am deeply touched, enormously honoured, and wanted to thank Paul Hartal for this wonderful gesture. It appears in his just released book "Postmodern Light", which he graciously sent me. There is an eternal light from a poet, and it is my dream to help everyone keep theirs shining.

  • Carol Elizabeth Owens - Magazine came back, and no e-mail on file. Please contact us if you can help us get this to her.
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