Canadian Federation of Poets Newsletter
Keeping you informed
        July 1st 2007

In This Issue

Welcome New Members

Poetry Canada is delayed

Feature Book

The Poetry of Food Focus

 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:

  • Cameron Dix - Etobicoke, ON
  • Debbie Auchterlonie - Beaverton, ON
  • Giorgio Julian Manna - Toronto. ON
  • Dawn Burnett - Peterborough. ON
  • Mauro Cappa - Toronto. ON
  • Charlie Galan - Nanaimo, BC
  • Sally Kraus - Boston, MA
  • Deborah Gage - Miss. ON
  • Sean Bradford - Brantford, ON
  • Gina Roitman, Montreal, QC
  • Conrad DiDiodato - Stoney Creek, ON
  • Johnmichael Simon - Isreal
  • Helen Bar-Lev - Israel
  • Peter Andrewes - Halifax, NS
  • Brittney Graham - Briarcrest, SK
  • Robin Westphal - Odessa, ON
  • Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean
    C.C, C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D.
    Governor General of Canada

  • Bonita Summers
  • Norma West Linder
  • Clark Lapointe
    Donna Thompson
  • Paul Hartal
    Lynn Tait


    Check out this month's feature poet Robert Hayes


    As you may know this is a done by volunteers, and so we are running late with my being away for this edition.  It takes about 40 hours for me to put it together and do layout, and at present finding that is difficult.

    Selection is happening though, and it will arrive with great content.

    Poetry Canada is now available for only $9.95 USD in PDF format, for a full year. Get all the great information from 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007 - for one LOW PRICE! ORDER TODAY and get started right away!

    Get your PDF copy today!
    Poetry Canada Magazine



    Check out the current contests:

  • NEW! 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.

  • Stellar Showcase Journal

    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!



    Well, it's official - the book has released.

    This is the book in which I was the Editor on behalf of the Artists for a Better World.  A fabulous non-profit organization that supports all forms of artists, and launched this as a publishing opportunity for poets and artists. 

    It's a beautiful anthology that includes 71 poets and selected artists from around the world throughout its 145 pages.

    If you're interested in purchasing a copy, AFABW has a discounted link that is active until the end of July.  You can go to:


    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

    Happy Canada Day and Happy 4th of July (almost)

    I didn't even see where this month went I have been so busy with my book, interviews, seminars, and coaching.  This is the first glimpse back into the world of poetry.  Summer is often a nice reflective time to write, and then hard marketing and publishing efforts will start up again in September.    I am already booked for speaking engagements in Australia, and the UK. In addition I leave Monday for 10 day marketing conference that will be on a cruise and visit 6 different Caribbean ports.  I'll post details to my blog when I get back at and if you have never seen it, go now just for fun.

    Remember The call is now open for all 10 anthologies.  Enter them ALL!
                              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


           THE POETRY OF FOOD  

                        Editor: Laura Murray

    Food - Glorious Food - Hot Sausage and Mustard. 

    There isn't a person on earth that doesn't consume food, think about food, look for food, avoid food, crave food, and generally be preoccupied with it.

    Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, appetizers, junk food, health food, organic, vegetables, fruit, ice cream, literally this topic should have every poet submitting.

    You have special foods for religious holidays, traditional foods for Christmas, thanksgiving, food memories of grandma's cooking, the smells that loft from the kitchen, and it is endless to the food derivations that we can recall.

    Cotton candy at the fair, popcorn at the movies, a celebratory supper over your promotion, food is connected to so many things that we do.

    What about DIE with a T - and the games we play with food to lose the weight.  Small portions, foods that call you silently in the night, or invite you to take just one bite. 

    How about those summer Bar-B-Que's, grilled steak, smoked salmon, smores over an open camp fire, snapped peas fresh off the vine, strawberry picking, apple pie, is any of this getting your food and poetry juices flowing? 

    Lets go everyone, and get your poems in about the joys or horrors of FOOD.

    Laura is waiting to read your poetry, and she is excited to get to know everyone better through FOOD.

    Start your next masterpiece.

    Go to:


         NEW CFP MEMBERSHIP      

    In addition to the 20 benefits you get already, including Poetry Canada magazine right to your door, the latest in a long line of taking care of our members is you will be able to:

    Submit 3 poems to each and every anthology increasing your chances of acceptance.

     EVERY ONE ELSE can only send in ONE per  anthology for consideration. 

    All submissions will be free.


                    JOIN TODAY! 


    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.



  • Tuesday June 5th, 2007 - 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
  • Thursday June 21st, 2007 - 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.
  • Wednesday June 13th, 2007 - 7pm
    Halifax Federation of Poets
    Mollyz Diner
    2104 Gottingen Street, Halifax, NS
    Every third Wednesday of each month
    contact Betty Dobson or Donelda Kent
    at or

    Thursday June 28th, 2007 - 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.


  • 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.

    Nikhil Parekh-

    Amir Mohamadali-

    * Won first place with his story "A rite of passage" in a competition organized by the North Shore Writers' Association
    Won an honourable mention with his poem "Fairground in Fall" in the Mattia Family Poetry Competition.

    Flavia Cosma-

    * Launched her poetry chapbook in Toronto at The Toronto Writer's Centre on June 7th called Gothic Calligraphy. 

    Deanna More-

    * A Heritage Song, "Miramichi River Bard" was pubished in the May issue of "Bread 'n Molasses

    David Fogarty-

    *David was so inspired by an edition of Poetry Canada magazine that he recorded another CD full of poems.  Go to search for Dave Fogarty and you will see his 3 CDs, including Adecedarian.

    Orania Hamilton-

    *Orania was nominated twice for the Pushcard Poetry award and has been pubilshed in Skyline Magazine, and was awarded a plaque with a tribute ceremony from the online poetry community called Platinum Poetry.
    Canadian Federation of Poets