Canadian Federation of Poets Newsletter
Keeping you informed June 27th 2006

In This Issue

Welcome New Members

New books in CFPShop

Promotion Opportunity

CFP Events

Poetry Canada Feedback

Publishing Opportunities

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:
  • Ellyn Peirson - Guelph, ON
  • Diego Bastianutti - Burnaby, BC

  • Paul Hartal
  • J. Graham Ducker
  • Flavia Cosma

    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

    George Hannye, Greater Knoxville, Tennessee, SCORE Chapter Volunteer

    "I counsel prisoners free of charge on how to start a business. After receiving forty rejections for the one prisoner poet, who was my client, I was pleased when Tracy Repchuk, Editor of Poetry Canada magazine, indicated one of his poems MIGHT be published in Poetry Canada.

    After many three way communications, thanks to the efforts of Tracy, his poem was published. I believe what the poet wrote BEFORE the acceptance says a lot: “To be even considered for publication is a reward in itself due to the position in which I sit. Actually to be in print will be overwhelming.”

    I have a suspicion that EVERY inmate in the Whiteville Correctional Facility will be reading my client’s poem in Poetry Canada. To my prisoner poet/client, I am the hero, but without Tracy, I wouldn’t be one. Thanks."

    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.


    Are you a lover or writer of sonnets? Then you should be checking out Sonnetta Poesia, the world's only poetry quarterly devoted exclusively to the sonnet and related poetry genres.

    If you would like to submit sonnets you can go to: Sonnetto Poesia or contact the editor Richard Vallance at:
    Sonnetto Poesia ISSN 1705-4524

    I had the opportunity a few month's back to judge a youth poetry contest. As I read the poetry, I was astounded at the gut wrenching tragedy, and horror these teens have already faced. I was so glad to see them writing it down, and expressing it in a manner that would help them cope with life. One poet felt responsible for his brother's death, another felt they shouldn't have lived in an accident, another was a complete outcast and terrorized at school, and in life. The book created from this effort is called Inspirations and I was proud to be a part of it, and it can be purchased through the Brampton Library.

    If you can help a youth to express their words, by teaching them how to write poetry, and some of the basics of grammar and punctuation, or doing a poetry talk at a high school, or with the help of the Canadian Federation of Poets, holding a contest so that the youth of today know that they can turn to us for help, guidance, and understanding - I think we'll see a big difference not only in them, but in the betterment of our culture and society.

    Ready to join the CFP and help yourself and others too? 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


    Are you looking for innovative ways to promote your book, and reach your audience, without mortgaging the house??

    The CFP have created the opportunity by placing your book title on the front page of their website to help you do this, and providing the top spot in the CFPShop. Over 100,000 visits to this page a month will provide you with the opportunity to be seen in a very big way. With a direct link to your website where sales and hits can be tracked, you will be able to monitor the success of it directly.

    This will also assist in the detection of any problems (if they exist), in your sales page. If you get tons of hits, and nobody buys; there is a reason. You may need to reword the text, redo the layout, show a couple of poems or check your price.

    The art of selling a book is just as critical as the book itself.

    Take a look at the newest feature book by Lorna J. Knox, a UK poet who is making her publishing dreams come true.

    Two Tales of Mystery

    A psychological haunting drama - two short stories combined into one volume to create a delightful mystery novella with two seriously twisted endings.

    Warm and caring, shadowed and uplifting and haunting.
    ISBN: 1-4137-5308-6, 48 pages, 6 x 9

    US$9.95 - Purchase your copy today!
    If you pay careful attention to marketing your book, you will find that your book will get into the hands of the public, where it belongs.

    Expose your book for only $15 for 2 weeks.
    Bonus: Add another 2 weeks for only $5.
    For a limited time only CFP Members: Get another week FREE AND an announcement in the CFPShop section of the E-zine which carries an additional value of $10-$20

    Book your spot today!


    Bonita Summers:

    Woman with the Flying Mind
    Woman with the Flying Mind" chronicles my experiences with overcoming abuse, illustrating how life's difficult moments can be the ones from which we learn the most about ourselves.

    A blend of topical humour, social commentary, and spiritual awakening, "Woman with the Flying Mind" is sure to resonate within the hearts of its readers.

    To order email:

    $19.95 plus $5 shipping and handling

    No shipping charge for deliveries within the Kingston area.

    She will also be available for book signing from June 29th to July 1st at the Fanfayr Arts and Crafts Show- 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Sat. to 5 p.m.) at Confederation Park at City Hall in Kingston, Ontario

    $19.95 plus $5 CDN shipping- Purchase your copy today!
    Advertise your book here for just $20 or $10 if you are a CFP member.


  • Tuesday July 4th, 2006 - 7pm
    Oakville workshop and critiquing poetry event
    Contact: George Arnold for details and an invitation.

  • 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.


    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