Canadian Federation of Poets Newsletter
Keeping you informed
June 13th 2006
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
sure to introduce yourself in the Federation on-line forums
and check out the
section to find out more about each.
Amir Hasham - North Vancouver, BC
Norma West Linder
Josie Di Sciascio-Andrews
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
CONTESTS & CALLS
Check out the current contests:
POETRY CANADA IS SHIPPING
It's hot off the presses and ready for your reading pleasure.
2006 Book Survey Results are in and if you have a book - this is something you should know!
Poetry, art, photography, and culture
NEW! The Way to Happiness and
where the winner
of each will appear in Poetry Canada magazine and get a free copy! Call now open.
"I am proud to be a member of the Canadian Federation of Poets.
The newsletters and Poetry Canada magazine are interesting.
The poems are soothing, gentle and uplifting to my spirit. There is much to learn
from other poets and writers like myself, and being a part of this group has provided this.
Many thanks to Tracy Repchuk as President of The Canadian Federation of Poets, and
Editor of Poetry Canada for her excellent work in helping me to achieve something
that I will always be proud to have and show. Having my books advertised in an
International magazine and having my poetry read by others worldwide, adds to that
Lorna J Knox
Father's Day is fast approaching, and for many of us, that is a book in itself. Great
topic for a poem, and one that would be cherished if received. I haven't sent a poem
to my dad since I was about 12, so it's time for another. Think of someone special this
month you can send a poem to, and if they're no longer with you, write it anyway. The
universe has amazing ways of getting the message out.
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
2006 POETRY BOOK SURVEY
In 2006, the Canadian Federation of Poets undertook a
survey that would help to determine the book purchasing landscape in order to
provide poets and organizations insight as to what can be done to improve it.
The complete article is in the next edition of Poetry Canada magazine, but here are a few
Does the author have to be known?
This is a very good indicator for many of us unknowns. It is the quality of the poetry
purchasers are looking for - you don't have to be famous.
What do you look for in a poetry book?
47.6% - emotional, inspirational, creative expression of ideas, originality
This was a very interesting result for me. I am looking forward to when poetry
contributes to the solutions of society's ails, and purchasers seek it. I liked
the easy and enjoyable read percent as well. So if you are putting together a book,
take a look at what your target market wants, and give it to them.
Do you buy poetry for gifts?
41.3% - easy and enjoyable read
11.1% - betterment of self, society, spiritual
44.2% - Rarely/Never
Well a special thanks to those who 'always' remember to use poetry as a gift, and
expose others to this beautiful, and misinterpreted medium. We need to remember that
most people's recollections of poetry stem from the horrors of high school and
the Shakespearean drilling of soliloquies. It was only the hardy that survived
this. Let them see that poetry is far more than this, and is a great tool for
expressive and creative thought.
Other questions asked about were purchase frequency, price, whether they also had their own book and where are
books getting purchased from.
For the complete results, check out your copy of Poetry Canada magazine.
#1 reason - friends don't like poetry (how sad)
42.7% - Sometimes/often
13.1% - Always
Advertise your book here for just $25 or $10 if you are a CFP member.
CFP AFFILIATE UPDATE - CCLA
The purpose of the Canada Cuba Literary Alliance is to advance literary solidarity between Canada and Cuba through the creative expression of poetry, prose and photography.
Tons of new things are happening at the CCLA.
Poetry Contest opportunity with no submission fee. It is open to all, with a
deadline of July 15, 2006.
They are also looking for travel photos, computer parts for donations, and more.
Check out what's happening at: www.CanadaCubaLiteraryAlliance.org
Shows you should check out:
Ottawa Small Press Book Fair - June 17th
This Thursday is the Oakville event, that has been getting together for over a
year. They are a very active group, serving the Halton and peel area with poetry
activities and education.
Find out more, contact George Arnold, or drop by and join this creative bunch.
Thursday June 15th, 2006 - 7pm
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
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.