Canadian Federation of Poets Newsletter
Keeping you informed
      June 2008

In This Issue

Welcome New Members

Poetry Canada Coming Soon

Featured Book

Al Purdy Gets Honoured

 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:

  • Ron Gildart - Vancouver, BC
  • Bernice Lever - Bowen Island, BC
  • Eoin O'Brien - Charlottetown, PEI
  • Janet Reid - Iroquois Falls, ON
  • James Quinn - Mississauga, ON
  • Morgan Balanaser - Oakville, ON
  • Luminita Suse - Gloucester, ON
  • Karen Haffey - Toronto, ON
  • Frederick Mundle - Dalhousie, NB
  • Michael Cotterell - St. Lazare, QC
  • Brian Collinson, Oakville, ON
  • Najah Shuqair - Sarnia, ON
  • Kathryn Shirley - London, ON
  • Kathi Truscott - Windsor, ON
  • Karen Shivley - Mt. Prospect, IL
  • Oneal Walters - Etobicoke, ON
  • Skidmore, Valcourt, QC
  • Luik-Rossi - Milano, Italy
  • Maria Pia Marchelletta - Toronto, ON
  • Sandra Johnson - Winnipeg, MB
  • Anna Kapungu - Toronto, ON
  • M Gayle MacDonald - Moncton, NB
  • Bernard Edwards - Toronto, ON

  • Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean
    C.C, C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D.
    Governor General of Canada

  • Glenda Walker-Hobbs
  • Elaine Traviss
  • Stella Ducker
  • Lorna J Knox
  • Josephine Stone
  • Deanna More
  • Tony Tremblett
  • Amir Hasham
  • Rosalind Patricia Eagle
  • Jim Greenwald
  • David Fraser
  • Karen Cole
  • Josie Di Sciascio-Andrews


    The next issue of Poetry Canada is almost completed and headed to the printers. Look for it soon. This editions interview is with John Wing Jr. poet and comedian who has appeared on the Tonight Show six times with Johnny Carson and Jay Leno, plus had 3 CBC productions of his own and a full radio series. You'll find out his journey from Canada to Los Angeles and what that has meant to his career and advice he has for others.

    Poets Featured include:

       * Carrie Siemens - Canada
       * Janet Reid - Canada
       * Katie Murphy - Canada
       * Jonathon Greenhause - USA
       * Denise Asuncion - Canada
       * Allan Morrison - Australia
       * Eion O'Brien - Canada
       * Louisa Homerow - Canada
       * Changming Yuan - Canada
       * xxx - California

    Rhyming Contest Winner:
       * Debbie Ouellet - Canada

    Book Review - by Gary Phaup

    Interview with John Wing Jr.
       by Tracy Repchuk

         Get your copy today!

    A reminder that for only $9.95 USD for the full year, you can get a look at over 15 editions and always the current edition of Poetry Canada in PDF format. Get all the great information from 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007 - for one LOW PRICE! ORDER TODAY and get started right away!

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    Check out the current contests:

  • Poetry Canada 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 Literary Festival is on once again and our own CFP member and founder Stella Ducker is looking for CFP members to participate. Find out more at:
    Event to be held Sat. Sept. 27th.

  • The 8th annual ArtFest 2008 held in Hollywood, CA is going to be held on Oct. 11th and 12th.  Poetry reading is Oct. 11th, but you can buy a full week-end pass.

  • 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:


    Betty Dobson of Halifax, Nova Scotia is the 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


    Over 20 benefits including a free subscription to Poetry Canada magazine, contest and anthology benefits.




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    We are always looking for help, if you would like to join our volunteer team, go here and check out our list of positions.

    Become a CFP Volunteer

    Welcome Summer

    Summer is my favourite time to write poetry. Bright sunshine, clear skies, spring sounds, blooming flowers, blossoming trees, and the sweet smells of newness.

    Look at things for the first time. Smell it Take the initiative this month and get yourself and your poetry to the people. Think in the box, out of the box and pick at least three things to do that achieves that goal.

    If you're a CFP member, send me your news.  That's one done already. If applicable, it can appear in this newsletter.

    Are you a CFP member and write articles?  Send them in too. They can be considered for this newsletter as well. That is free publicity and promotion whether you are a poet, editor or publicist.

                Join the Canadian Federation of Poets
                            It's money well spent!

                        LAST CHANCE FOR SOME! 
    The call is open for 9 anthologies. 
                              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



    Any time a poet gets recognition, I am thrilled. In an industry where we are often not heard - yet have the most to say, Al Purdy was a poet that managed to locate his target market, and because of this had a following and respected popularity.

    Al Purdy had already received 2 governor general awards for his over 33 poetry publications, along with the Order of Canada and Order of Ontario. If there was a next step that would certainly get noticed, and allow the common man to ponder his place in society, it would be a statue.

    It was unveiled at Toronto Queen's Park, a few steps from the Ontario legislature and is a life-sized replica. The project was spearheaded by poetry advocates Scott Griffin (of the Griffin Poetry prize) and Dennis Lee, and after seven years of bureaucracy, finally succeeded.

    Dennis Lee was quoted as saying "Al Purdy is one of the titans; if we have a national poet in English Canada, he is it. The Purdy statue is a tremendous way to celebrate his place in our lives."

    If you had  a chance to catch it, there was also a made for TV movie on CBC celebrating his life. Gordon Pinsent played Al Purdy.

    When events such as this occur, it reminds me how important what we do to preserve poetry, and that perhaps non in our lifetime do we get recognized to the fullest extent, but what we do impacts others.  That is why it is important to always write what you need to say, and then do what you can to get it out there.

    Find out more: Al Purdy Unveiled


    Over 20 benefits including a free subscription to Poetry Canada magazine, contest and anthology benefits.




    Enter them ALL!
    The call is open for 9 anthologies. 
           The Poetry of (TM) ....
       World-wide Call




    (A collection of Poems)
    by Onyinye Oyedele

    is a collection of poems from everyday life. It is written in a style that captures and expresses precious moments: Faith, People, Love, Places & Sights, Motherhood, Christmas, Life, and Family are the categories in which the poems are written. These are the special areas where we all have treasured memories.

    Precious is a collage of images and scenes from Europe, Africa and North America. It is filled with poems that will make you laugh and cry. It will also make you pause and think. It will make you ask, "What are the 'Precious' things in my life?" Precious is ideal for everyone.

    Enjoy poems like … Saved but still lost?,  Thank you, When you dare to care, An African child, Love is a seed, Love is like a baby, Molue, Shakara, Abuloma, Where is the true light?, London Life, Your life should count, My root, Okazi soup, and much more … 50 poems for you to enjoy.

    It is available to order from,,,

    ISBN: 0-595-49036-0

    88 pages                                         $11.21 CAD, $10.95 US


    CFP Helping People...

    Gilbert C - Hurry Home! I just want to say I love you...

    is written by his sister Janey Lee Caravallo in search of her missing brother - who disappeared without a trace on Oct. 6th 2004.

    In painful detail she relays her sorrow and experiences to the events surrounding this experience, in which she continues to persevere through every day.

    This is available at:

    Book this spot - Only $15 includes online feature too


  • First Tuesday of Every Month - 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
  • Third Thursday of Every Month - 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.
  • Third Wednesday of Every Month - 7pm
    Halifax Federation of Poets
    Mollyz Diner
    2104 Gottingen Street, Halifax, NS
    Every third Wednesday of each month
    contact Donelda Kent

    Last Thursday of Every Month - 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.

    Federation Peel Region (Brampton/Mississauga)
    Last Saturday of every month starting at 2 p.m. at the Heritage Glen Residences,
    6515 Glen Erin Dr., Mississauga.
    Peel Region Federation
    Contact: Cheryl Xavier
    Admission: Free

  • 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.

    Tracy Repchuk -

    * Attended Book Expo America with her literary agent "Robert G. Allen" of bestselling fame "No Money Down" series.
    * Interviewed Jason Henderson, from the web-based reality show "Next Internet Millionaire"
    * Interviewed Thor Schrock, creator of reality based web TV show which is coming soon called "Top Affiliate Challenge" Tracy was offered a spot on the show, but has opted instead to do the show as a radio and author personality and conduct interviews and provide media updates to viewers

    Donna Thompson -

    * Started working towards a writing certificate

    Barbara Kahan -