Canadian Federation of Poets Newsletter
Keeping you informed June 13th 2006

In This Issue

Welcome New Members

CFP Affiliate Update

2006 Poetry Book Survey

CFP Events

Poetry Canada is Shipping

Member Testimonial

Contests & Calls


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:
  • Amir Hasham - North Vancouver, BC

  • Norma West Linder
  • Josie Di Sciascio-Andrews
  • Barbara Kahan
  • Richard Masterton
  • Mark Clement

    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 Richard Masterton.


    Poetry Canada magazine

    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

    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.


    "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 achievement. Thanks!"

    Lorna J Knox
    United Kingdom

    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


    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 highlights>:
  • Does the author have to be known?
      89.3% - No
      10.7% - Yes
    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
      41.3% - easy and enjoyable read
      11.1% - betterment of self, society, spiritual
    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?
      44.2% - Rarely/Never
      #1 reason - friends don't like poetry (how sad)
      42.7% - Sometimes/often
      13.1% - Always
    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.


    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:

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

    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
    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.


    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.

    Canadian Federation of Poets