Canadian Federation of Poets Newsletter
Keeping you informed July 11th 2006

In This Issue

Welcome New Members

Feature Book Announce

A Poet's Journey

CFP Events

CFP Feedback

Contests & Calls

Speaking Out

 
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.

New Members:
  • Tamieka Evans - Toronto, ON
  • Diego Bastianutti - Burnaby, BC
  • Joanne Joyce Green - Woodstock, ON
  • Andre Ritins - Nobleton, ON
  • Klark Brockerville - St. Johns, NB

    Renewals:
  • Lynette Evans

    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 Flavia Cosma.


  • CFP FEEDBACK

    Sir Earice L. Roberts Jr., Tennessee

    "I'm speechless about the opportunity that was given to me by Tracy Repchuk and the Canadian Federation of Poets. I can try to humbly express my thankfulness to her for helping manifest a dream I've long had since I was age twelve, the day I wrote my first work. Tracy gave me life. Collectively they have strengthened my faith, even though I'm incarcerated.

    I would like to profess my eternal gratitude to someone that could have easily turned her back on me, like all else did. However, she elected to give me a chance.

    Tracy Repchuk has given me the drive and the determination to keep on writing. and I've never been a part of an experience like this, an experience I enjoy. They have helped me show that if I apply myself, I too can be a productive citizen. So to Ms. Tracy Repchuk and the Canadian Federation of Poets, I thank you!" Read the whole testimonial
    CONTESTS & CALLS

    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.


  • SPEAKING OUT

    Teresa Rhoades, the creator of a petition is the mother suing in federal court over her child being screened and diagnosed with mental disorders without parental consent.

    Stop TeenScreen's Unscientific and Experimental "Mental Health Screening" of School Children.

    This petition is an excellent way to educate about the TeenScreen program which is trying to become a standard in the education system. When you know about something, it gives you the power to decide.

    Please read and sign the petition here

    My favourite time of the year is settling in, and it is such fun to write about it. My three kids are off of school, so there is no morning rush with slips, and lunches, and hair styles, just a leisurely wake as they figure out what to do with their day.

    Remember the old days where everything wasn't planned for us, and we pretty much sat at the end of the driveway with our friends, rode our bikes until supper time, or practiced our favourite hobby - which for me was skateboarding.

    What a great topic for your next poem. Take yourself back to age 12, and the official start of your summer holiday. Did you go on a long drive across country with your family that you complained about then, but cherish now? Go on up to the Forum and post your memories for all of us to appreciate!

    Ready to join the CFP? Check out the benefits and join. A free subscription to Poetry Canada magazine and over 20 other benefits, to help you really get your money's worth.

    Tracy Lynn Repchuk
    President and Founder of the Canadian Federation of Poets


    A POET'S JOURNEY

    Many of you have heard me speaking about Nikhil Parekh, a Canadian Federation of Poets member from India who is getting a lot of press. I thought I would share a bit of his journey with you, so you could see what it took to become a World Record Holder in poetry.

    Nikhil has composed thousands of poems on global cause such as immortal love, HIV-AIDS, friendship, environment and wildlife conservation, blindness, Tsunami, peace, brotherhood, poverty - and over the course of 2 years has shared them with hundreds of World Leaders and World Organizations.

    Approximately 160 of them replied back to accolading/acknowledging his poetry, and supplementing further in his cause of disseminating the essence of peace to the furthest quarters of the globe.

    This resulted in a world record with Limca Book of World records India for having written the most number of letters to, and received the most number of replies from World Leaders/Organizations.

    This is a proud moment for Nikhil, representing his country in the Limca Book of Records India, and for the Canadian Federation of Poets.

    Congratulations from all of us!

    To get a look at his certificate, click here

    FEATURE BOOK ANNOUNCE

    CFPSHop

    Wild Women

    WILD WOMEN is about two Aussies who arrive in Fodderton, New Brunswick. Talk about culture shock!
    Award-winning Toronto author PAUL QUARRINGTON calls it, "A well-written, witty, ribald and rollicking journey into the dark ways of men and women. Leigh is a master of voice and this novel should be required reading in creative writing classes."

    It has sex, treachery, romance, gossip, satire, travel, madness, skiing, modern dance, Anglo-Saxon poetry, and car racing (which predictably does not end well).

    Paperback - 332 pages ISBN: 1904781284

    Get your copy today for $15.99 USD from Amazon
    FEATURE BOOK ANNOUNCE


    Postmodern Light
    Postmodern Light: ISBN 0-9681232-4-4, transcends the realm of love and passion. A poetic sensibility balances dreamy emotion and discerning intellect, creative vision and insightful thought.

    Available from Coutts Library Services and Distribution, Tel.: 1-800-263-1686, Fax 905-356-5064, E-mail: salesca@couttsinfo.com Orange Monad Editions (Montreal, San Diego), 2006, 122 pages.

    Get your copy today!
    FEATURE BOOK ANNOUNCE


    Love Poems
    LOVE POEMS: Issued by Editions La Galerie Fokus, ISBN 0-9681232-3-6, the 60 page volume is published in Montreal on the occasion of Paul Hartal's exhibition of "Painting and Poetry" at Hanseo University, Seoul, April 2004.

    An introductory essay accompanies the verse and the artwork. The collection is available on line from Double Hook, Tel.:514-932-5093, info@doublehook.com , as well as from Coutts Library Services and Distribution, Tel.: 1-800-263-1686, Fax 905-356-5064, E-mail: boneill@couttsinfo.com

    Get your copy today!

    Advertise your book here for just $25 or $10 if you are a CFP member.


    CFP EVENTS

  • Thursday July 20th, 2006 - 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.

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

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


  • CALENDAR CALLS:

    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.


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