Canadian Federation of Poets Newsletter
Keeping you informed January 16th, 2007

In This Issue

Welcome New Members

Poetry Canada $9.95 Subscription

Take your Marketing
to the Next Level

Congratulations to
the CFP

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:
  • R. D. Roy - Trenton, ON
  • 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
  • Amir Hasham
  • Elaine Traviss
  • David Fraser
  • Lorna J. Knox
  • Thelma Davidson

    Check out this months feature poet Stella Ducker.


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

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    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

    We promote FREE contests, if you have one, let us know and we'll let everyone else know.


  • Federation of Poets

    The winner of the 2006 CFP promote award goes to: Mark Clement.

    Thanks to everyone who continues to promote the CFP, and proudly display our logo on your site. You will be put in for the 2007 contest automatically, and we encourage all new members, and NON MEMBERS to help promote the CFP.

    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, or has already done it (you are included for submission next year too) let us know with an email that has "Promote CFP" 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.


    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

    Well what a great way to start the new year, with an honour from Her Excellency the Right Honouable Michaelle Jean. She has extended the CFP her endorsement by official letter. I hope your year is starting off with great success.

    Make sure you participate it whatever group you belong to, and get the word or poetry and your work out there.

    Don't forget I have my personal blog for taking control of 2007, and even though it pertains to Internet Marketing - much of the same advice can be applied to your writing or book marketing efforts. Feel free to check it out. Tracy Repchuk and keep on track.

    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


    Well, it is my honour to tell you that the Canadian Federation of Poets has just received, from Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, an accepted position of Patron for the Canadian Federation of Poets and is happy to lend her endorsement.

    We will now be adding to our list of members:


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

    This is just another indicator that the Canadian Federation of Poets is among the top poetry organizations in Canada, and is honoured that those who are members, help with that achievement, and I am thrilled you chose to be a part of our family.

    Take a look at the benefits the benefits the CFP has to offer, and make this the year you join.


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    This e-Book is immediately available in download, so you can start marketing your book, and others. 

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    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 January 18th, 2007 - 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 January 21st, 2007 - 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.

  • Halifax Federation of Poets
    contact Betty Dobson or Donelda Kent at or

  • 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.


    This is so important, I wanted to repeat it and include it in this newsletter as well. 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.

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

              RECENT MEMBER NEWS:
  • Orania Hamilton was nominated for the Pushcart Poetry Award in 2005 and 2006
  • Caleb Repchuk appears in the European world-wide rights commercial for Opel automobiles.  
  • R.D.Roy has been announced as the new editor of Poetry Canada magazine. This is an exciting new announcement that will start for the June 2007 Edition. Details will appear in the February newsletter.
  • Tracy Repchuk will be moving to Managing Editor for the June 2007 Edition of Poetry Canada magazine.
  • Richard Grove of Hidden Brook Press will be the new publisher for Poetry Canada magazine as of the June 2007 edition.
  • Debbie Okun Hill's poem Any Happy Moment Now will appear in the next edition of Poetry Canada Magazine


  • 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.

    Canadian Federation of Poets