Canadian Federation of Poets Newsletter
Keeping you informed February 2005

In This Issue

New Poetry Canada contest!

Welcome New Members

Poets and a Website

Publishing Opportunity

Poetry Canada on sale now!

CFP Events & Reminders

 
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

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

  • Linda Dowd - Milton, ON
  • Daniel MacFadyen - Toronto, ON
  • Nancy V. Bennett - Sooke, BC
  • Cris Staubach - Niantic, CT, USA
  • James E. Detlor - Milton, ON
  • Lorraine Neal - Vernon, BC
  • Linnet Ethelwyn Finley - Halifax, N.S.
  • Allison MacKay - Bawlf, AB
  • Tracy Harrison - Orangeville, ON
  • Lillian Liber - Toronto, ON
  • Lois Thurman - Hazel Park, MI, USA
  • Carol MacKay - Bawlf, AB
  • Rebecca White - Komoka, ON
  • Leanna Joy Beaumont - Milton, ON
  • Devon Atkinson - Oakville, ON
  • Joanne J Green - Woodstock, ON
  • Linda Crosfield - Castlegar, BC

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

    Check out this months feature poet Graham Ducker.

  • POETRY CANADA ON SALE NOW

    December/January/February 2005 issue of Poetry Canada magazine is now out!

    Poetry Canada magazine

    Get your one-year subscription to Poetry Canada magazine starting at just $20

    Even better, become a CFP member and the one-year subscription to Poetry Canada magazine is included. Starting at just $35 for the year, you get tons of great benefits and opportunities, plus a complete year of gift giving.
    Join today!

    NEW POETRY CANADA CONTEST

    Save the Planet! Contest

    For this contest Poetry Canada is looking for poetic ideas and philosophies that will help make the world a better place.

    Many of us know what we don't like when it comes to the environment. Pollution, global warming, war, violence, terrorism and the list goes on.

    Instead of us merely condemning the act, let's turn this around and provide solutions, answers, positive thought that can carry us forward towards a better world.

    Find out more!.

    February is here, and we have an exciting month of events, contests, and challenges. January was a record breaking month for new members, and we are thrilled with the number of poets that are gaining their voice and want to be heard. So we would like to invite everyone to share their voice with us, and get heard with the Canadian Federation of Poets. Take advantage of the anthology, submit your poems to Poetry Canada magazine, participate on the forums, attend the events, introduce yourself, and come out of the closet - it's getting too crowded in there! TLR

    If you have any questions, feel free to send me an email.
    Tracy Lynn Repchuk President and Founder of the Canadian Federation of Poets

    PUBLISHING OPPORTUNITY

    Looking for publishing opportunities?

    Submit to the First Annual CFP Members Anthology!

    We are looking forward to seeing ALL CFP members submissions for this very first anthology called "The Future Looks Bright". With the words from enough poets, and a resurgency in the prominence of poetry in society, it certainly will be.

    No submission fee.
    Youth aged 15 years of age and under can become CFP members for FREE.

    If you're not a member, now is the perfect time to become one! Membership also includes a Free one-year subscription to Poetry Canada magazine. You asked to be published, now all you have to do is earn it!

    Find out more, tell your friends, and good luck to everyone!

    Poets and a Website

    As the designer and creator of many web sites, I am often asked by poets "Should I have one?"

    As someone who embraces new ways to sell products, my answer would be YES! If you have a book, or CD, or want an area to display all of your work for others to admire, then you should consider having a website.

    There are 5 main steps to taking on technology.

    1. Establish what your domain name will be

    A domain name is the name of your site. For example it can be a cute name you come up with such as apoetsplace.com or your name or anything you want that represents what you do. Then once you come up with a few possibilities, you need to search through a domain name provider to see if the name is available. If it is, grab it.

    There are many places to purchase a domain name, but I use Directnic.com as they cost just $15 USD for the year, and you can have a free place to host it, plus they have utilities to help you create and market your site.

    Find out more details on how to search and select a domain name.

    Find out the next step "How to select an ISP" (Internet Service Provider) and how to get your domain name for free in the next issue.

    CFP EVENTS

      Sunday February 6th 2pm
    • Burlington Art Centre Poets Presentation
      Burlington Art Centre - AIC Gallery
      1333 Lakeshore Rd. Burl. ON
      Canadian Federation of Poets members will be presenting their work based on the current BAC Gallery event "Flora Extinction". View the beautiful work on display, and listen to poets interpretation and diversity of the images. Featured speakers with open mic for everyone to share.

      Sunday Feb 13th, 2005
    • TOPS Poetry Event
      RENAISSANCE CAFÉ
      1938 Danforth Avenue, Toronto

      Thursday Feb 17th, 2005
    • Oakville Federation Williams Coffee Pub
      1500 Upper Middle Road East, Oakville

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

      Friday February 18th at 7pm
    • CFP Milton event
      Espress Yourself Cafe
      220 Main St. East, Milton

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


    CALENDAR CALLS:
    Check out our happenings, or tell us about yours for our on-line calendar.
      If you are a CFP member, or member of a CFP Affiliate Organization then submit your events to the calendar coordinator Marylin Houle. It's a great way to easily increase attendance.