Canadian Federation of Poets Newsletter
Keeping you informed March 2005

In This Issue

Help Save the Planet!

Welcome New Members

Choosing an ISP

Anthology Call

Poetry Canada Easy Submit!

CFP Events & Reminders


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

  • Peter Ozeroff - Castlegar, BC
  • Peter Austin - Toronto, ON
  • Andrejs Ritins - Nobleton, ON
  • Barbara Phillips - Toronto, ON
  • Holly Cadrin - Edmonton, Alberta
  • Maria Azemen Ebhabha - Toronto, ON
  • Malisa Bartholomew - Toronto, ON
  • Sheila Tucker - Oakville, ON
  • Donna L Thompson - Penticton, BC

    What are you waiting for?
    We look forward to an exciting year of contests, events and publishing opportunities.

    Check out this months feature poet Jean Burbidge.


    Poetry Canada magazine

    We have made submitting even easier to Poetry Canada magazine. For participants on the Canadian Federation of Poets - Poets Paradise Forum - it's as easy as posting your poetry like you always do, adding a PCC (Poetry Canada Candidate) tag at the bottom and we will poll this forum along with our email submissions for each editions entries. It's a free forum for anyone! Visitors can continue to share, critique, or enjoy your work, while you get the opportunity to be considered for Canada's newest poetry magazine.
    Visit the forum area and submit your work today! -- Remember to register.

    Poetry Canada magazine starting at just $20

    Help Save the Planet!

    Save the Planet! Contest

    For this contest Poetry Canada is looking for poetic ideas and philosophies that will help make the world a better place.

    Many of us know what we don't like when it comes to the environment. Pollution, global warming, war, violence, terrorism and the list goes on.

    Instead of us merely condemning the act, let's turn this around and provide solutions, answers, positive thought that can carry us forward towards a better world.

    Find out more!.

    Check out our happenings, or tell us about yours for our on-line calendar.
      If you are a CFP member, or member of a CFP Affiliate Organization then submit your events to the calendar coordinator Marylin Houle. It's a great way to easily increase attendance.

    Is it just me or are these months flying by? I felt like I just wrote February's and now here's March. The Canadian Federation of Poets is booming thanks to amazing poets like you, and we wanted to thank you for joining in our crusade to bring poetry back! We have lots of exciting events, take advantage of the anthology, submit your poems to Poetry Canada magazine, participate on the forums, introduce yourself, and for CFP members - your Poetry Canada magazine will be arriving shortly, you can see the cover already! TLR

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


    Looking for publishing opportunities?

    Submit to the First Annual CFP Members Anthology!

    We are looking forward to seeing ALL CFP members submissions for this very first anthology called "The Future Looks Bright". With the words from enough poets, and a resurgency in the prominence of poetry in society, it certainly will be.

    No submission fee.
    Youth aged 15 years of age and under can become CFP members for FREE.

    If you're not a member, now is the perfect time to become one! Membership also includes a Free one-year subscription to Poetry Canada magazine. You asked to be published, now all you have to do is earn it!

    Find out more, tell your friends, and good luck to everyone!

    Choosing an ISP

    Step 2 of setting up a website, is selecting an ISP or Internet Service Provider, which is the service that hosts your website. I thought this would be a good topic as so many poets are becoming internet savvy, and are ready to take the plunge into creating their own website. So before you get the "HTML book for Dummies", you first need to have a place to put your site.

    If you purchase your website domain name through companies such as, they also provide free hosting services for small sites. For only $9.95, you can even eliminate the banner. This is a great way to start.

    You can also create a free blogger site. A BLOG is an online personal journal, where you can post your poetry, make announcements, or just let the world know what you're up to. It's interactive, and FREE. Go to, open up an account, select a template, and voila, you have a website.
    I did a test of this, and it was very easy.

    Find out more details on what to look for in an ISP.


      Thursday March 17th, 2005
    • 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 March 18th at 7pm
    • CFP Milton event
      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.

      Friday March 25th at 9pm
      The Lyrical Coffeehouse
      232 Broadway, Orangeville, Ontario

      Featuring Ken Brown is a songwriter of tremendous talent with a new album around the corner. He is also delightfully playful and impish with spoken word performances. and
      Tim Mason "Few poets... meld thick poetry with rich storytelling, truly in the oral tradition, in the style of strong tobacco, black coffee and hard liquor." Chris Chandler, Troubadour “His lines come like heat-seeking missiles, laced with street smart humor and insight." Boston Globe 1997

      Plus Music, Poetry and Wordsmithing

      Members in the News

    • Tracy Lynn Repchuk conducted a workshop for the local girl guides, and participated in the Halton Education Career Fair - promoting poetry and writing as a career. Tracy will also be doing a workshop at a March break camp for kids in Oakville.
    • George Arnold was a featured poet and volunteer at the Halton Education Career Fair.
    • Tracy Harrison has started the new Orangeville Chapter. Thank-you Tracy!
    • Feature article on Graham Ducker in the Ontario School Advocate for his book "Don't Wake The Teacher!"
    • It is with great sadness that Wayne Brown, a Canadian Federation of Poets member passed away this month. He was a great friend to anyone that crossed his path. In honour of his memory there will be a featured poem as a dedication in this months edition of Poetry Canada magazine.

      We look forward to his continued inspiration in whatever ways they come.