Canadian Federation of Poets Newsletter
Keeping you informed
       January 2008

In This Issue

Welcome New Members

Poetry Canada Coming Soon

Featured Book

2008: What Are Your Plans?

 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:

  • Terry St. James - Montreal, Quebec
  • Debbie Ouellet - Loretto, ON
  • David Brydges - Edmonton, AB
  • Pamela Mordecai - Toronto, ON
  • Nancy Rattle -
  • Patricia McGoldrick - Kitchener, ON
  • Mauro Cappa - Toronto, ON
  • Janet Harvey - Thornhill, ON
  • Phillip Lawrence Harrison - Edmonton, AB
  • Daphne Rose Kingma - Santa Barbara, CA
  • Charlotte Ann Zuzak - Grove City, PA
  • Richard Thellmann - Canal Fulton, OH
  • Deepak Sarkar - Victoria, BC
  • 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

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

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


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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!




    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


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




    Canadian Federation of Poets
    2431 Cyprus Avenue
    Burlington, ON L7P 1G5

    Wow - can you believe another year went by?  My life has completely changed this past year, and I am very excited about next.  I hope you are too.  There are tons of opportunities for poets to be heard, so let's make 2008 a year of poets.

    Let your poetry flow, keep your positive outlook, and share your work.  Don't forget to take 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 ALLCall open until March 2008!
    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


       2008: What Are Your Plans?

    If you have been watching the news, listening to the headlines, or have friends and family that have been affected by drugs, lack of literacy, abuse, human rights issues, tragedy, illness - it's not a pretty picture - which is why poetry is so very important right now.

    We don't need to become reporters of what is already happening. I want to urge you to become part of a movement that will use their words to reshape the way we live, our culture, society, how we treat people, our planet, and what needs to be made known and done to make living what it was meant to be.

    Al Gore made Global Warming a very real issue, not that it wasn't real before him, but he used his power to get the message out.  George Clooney made us aware of Darfur, and many others are playing their part too.

    Your power is in what you write.  My focus is Human Rights, and the fact that we have 30 of them, everyone of us, and they are being abused every second of every day around the world.  So I don't complain or whine and become a part of it, I look and use my power of writing to enlighten, recommend and encourage others to seek answers to how they can make a difference too.

    SO I am hoping that 2008 becomes a year where the poet is not only heard, but each of us carries a message, not just an observation, but a solution to how we can make a difference to how mankind reaches his full potential, where our voices are a part of how culture is shaped, and where war, disease, drugs, illiteracy, immorality, and crime become something we read about in history books.

    Just something to think about as you put together your writing plans for 2008.

    Something Can Be Done About It!

    I thank you for being a part of the Canadian Federation of Poets' community, and as for the members of the CFP, I am deeply grateful you have chosen to support this organization, and are including me as a part of your journey.


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




    Call open until March 31st, 2008
    Enter them ALL
    The call is open for all 10 anthologies. 
           The Poetry of (TM) ....
       World-wide Call



  • First Tuesday of Every Month - 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
  • Third Thursday of Every Month - 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.
  • Third Wednesday of Every Month - 7pm
    Halifax Federation of Poets
    Mollyz Diner
    2104 Gottingen Street, Halifax, NS
    Every third Wednesday of each month
    contact Donelda Kent

    Last Thursday of Every Month - 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.

    *** NEW ***
    Brand New Federation is about to open its doors - located in the Peel Region (Brampton/Mississauga)
    This group will be run by Cheryl Xavier - you can contact her for more details or we will be updating the Chapter site as details unfold.
    Peel Region Federation
    Contact: Cheryl Xavier
    Admission: Free


  • 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 -

    * Selected as a 2008 Work At Home Success Speaker.  You can get the full interview at:
    Charlie Galan -

    *  About to launch his first book of poetry entitled "Poems from the Point" which is a collection of reflections of Vancouver Island

    Cheryl Xavier -

    * Cheryl is opening up a new federation for the CFP in the Pell Region (Mississauga, Brampton) area.  The location is being selected, but be sure if you live in this area, contact her for more information, or more will start to be posted at: Peel Region Federation