Canadian Federation of Poets Newsletter
Keeping you informed June 2005

In This Issue

CFP makes its move!

Welcome New Members

Member Feedback

Poetry Canada Next issue!

CFP Events

Anthology Status

Spirit of Youth Award Winners


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

  • Rosemary Hayes - St. John's, NFLD
  • Bianca Bisson
  • Debbie Okun Hill - Camlachie, ON
  • Peter Ivey - Port Dover, ON
  • Carol Elizabeth Owens - Rochester, NY

  • Jean Burbidge - Campbellville, ON

    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 Donna Thompson.


    Poetry Canada magazine

    The next edition will start shipping June 15th, so become a member now, or order your copy and be among the first to enjoy the finest in poetry, art and photography.

    This editions poets include:
  • Puloma Banerjee - Cosmic World, The Universe, Space - Connecticut, USA
  • Martin Jervis - A Peaceable Passing - Adele, Leeds, UK
  • Peggy Fletcher - Next Door - Sarnia, ON
  • Aamir Aziz - On Eulogising the Elegiac - , ON
  • Robert Steer - Spirit of Breath in three parts - Winnipeg, MB
  • Marilyn Dawes Alves - Insomniac - New Bedford, MA
  • Pamela Ng - Pajamas - Singapore
  • Plus artists, photographer, more poets and contest winners
  • Community Poet Feature: John B. Lee

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    I just wanted to apologize for any confusion with respect to this anthology. It IS based on a 'selection criteria' such that the work must be high quality, good imagery and strong metaphors. We assumed this was understood, and for this I am sorry that poets who were not yet accepted were not under that impression. This anthology is not vanity press, and is a publishing project of InnerSurf Press. In addition, it must also meet the 'theme' premise which is 'The Future Looks Bright'. With so much violence, war, destruction, hatred, and terror going on in the world, it is the goal of the Federation to offer a bright star for those with hope, faith and guidance. We believe poets are those people.

    It's still Open until June 30, 2005 so please submit, or resubmit if that is the case.
    This gives you a chance to get your best work in to the Editor Stacey Lynn Newman

    Anthology Details

    Member Feedback

  • Honoria Groves - CFP member - "Tracy, we are blessed to have you because any organization is only as great as its leader! You are such an inspiration to us all and make it possible for us to share our thoughts and feelings with others, which brings us great satisfaction. Thanks so much."

  • George Arnold - CFP member - "Being awarded the Canadian Federation of Poets, Poet of The Year award was an unexpected and gratifying honour. I was even more surprised when the Federation contacted our local paper to inform them. The resulting page and a half article - (wow) - shows that the CFP is truly about promotion of poets and poetry as an art form. Thank you Tracy and the CFP."

    Read more AND submit yours!


    If you are a CFP member, or member of a CFP Affiliate Organization feel free to submit your events to us. It is a great way to easily increase attendance. Also, if you are a CFP member we need a calendar coordinator - contact us to find out more.
  • Summer is here, and we are busier than ever. With the Canadian Federation of Poets move to Toronto, ON, and over 40 events since January, the Federation is getting poised for some great poetry and poet exposure. Join us on our journey as we continue to resurrect poetry and with your help, together we can make it happen.

    If you have any ideas, or want to start a Federation in your area, let me know!

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


    The Canadian Federation of Poets is pleased to announce it has moved from the beautiful village of Kilbride, to the fast paced, poetry fluent city of Toronto. We are hoping to increase the exposure of the Federation and its members.

    Please contact us through our new address:
    Canadian Federation of Poets/Poetry Canada magazine
    78 Wheeler Ave.
    Toronto, Ontario
    M4L 3V2

    Our email and website will of course remain unchanged.

    Find out more!


    On May 13th, 2005 at St. Ignatius High School the winners of the 2005 spirit of youth awards for poetry were presented. Included in this evening were guest poets Klyde Brooks, C.J. Martin and Tracy Lynn Repchuk and the readers of the winning poetry. The event was held and hosted by George Arnold, Oakville Federation Chair.
    It was a wonderful evening of poetry and prizes for youth and their families. This is scheduled to be an annual event, so look for next years contest details.
    Prizes were: $100 first place, $50 second place and $25 third place for each category.

    Ages 14-15 category:

    1.Lifeless and Back Mikial Hendry St. Thomas Aquinas
    2. Funhouse Mirror Lindsey Kelly Christ the King
    3. The Grim Samantha Crawford Notre Dame

    Ages 15-16 category:

    1. Silent confessions Erin Mann Christ the King
    2. Dying flowers Gabby Lancia St. Thomas Aquinas
    3. Drinking and driving Masoodah Akbari St. Thomas Aquinas


    • Thursday June 16th, 2005 - 7pm
      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 June 24, 2005 at 9pm
      Orangeville Federation

      Marianne Girard writes like Dylan (with a female twist) and sings like Emmy Lou Harris. Greg Quill of the Toronto Star describes her music as “elegantly simple, folk-tinged ballads, very personal tales of love and panoramic ruminations that are well served by a light and airy, almost casual treatment”

      Stuart Ross is a Toronto fiction writer, poet, and editor. He has been active in the Toronto literary scene since the mid-1970s. “Ross is absurd [in style], weaving cryptic tales that are at once bizarre, humorous, intriguing and at times even beautiful. … Ross crafts his style for the new breed of readers.” Globe and Mail

      Plus Music, Poetry and Wordsmithing

      Friday June 24th, 2005 - 7:00pm
      Milton Federation event
      New chair Jenny Panda
      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.

    • Sunday June 26th, 2005 - 6pm - 9pm
      Penticton, BC Federation

      Communal event where poets can get together to share poetry, critique and create.

      Sunday August 7th, 2005 - 3:00pm
      Burlington Federation Event

      Poetry at the Burlington Art Centre. Visit the Gallery between July 9th and August 6th to view and write about the work of Elizabeth Barrett-Milner and then join us on August 7th at 2:00pm for the artists talk, and 3:00pm for the sharing of poets impression of the exhibit. It will be a diverse afternoon of art and poetry.

      Check out all of our happenings on our on-line calendar.

      Canadian Federation of Poets


    • Tracy Lynn Repchuk - Songs of the Cicadas and Commonly Uncommon were selected to appear in the anthology - Dance with Words Volume 1, Absence of Man and Sabre Tooth Mist appeared in Pastel Artists Canada Newsletter and Fine Arts Society of Milton newsletter
    • Leslie Silton - had two poems selected for the San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly
    • George Arnold appeared in the Oakville Beaver newspaper for CFP Poet of the Year

    • New Chapter - Penticton, BC Federation started by Donna Thompson
    • New Chapter - Quebec Federation started by Richard Masterton
      Missing Members:
      Please send the Canadian Federation of Poets your new address, as your magazines have been returned.
    • Christine Brandt - Steinbach, Manitoba