Canadian Federation of Poets Newsletter
Keeping you informed March 23rd 2006

In This Issue

Poetry Canada Speaks Out

Welcome New Members

Last Call for Spirit of Humanity Anthology

New Federation in Durham Region

CFP Events

Poetry Canada Locations

Top 10 things to do with your poetry

Poetry Canada Feedback

Contests & Calls

 
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

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

  • Fenna Schaapman - Calgary, Alberta
  • Susan Carr - New Westminister, BC
  • Janet Harvey - Thornhill, ON

    Renewals:
  • Donna Thompson - Penticton, BC

    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 Elka Enola.

  • POETRY CANADA SPEAKS OUT
    Poetry Canada magazine

    New edition of Poetry Canada magazine is shipping

    Great articles - "Squawk versus Talk - the art of communication", beautiful photography, and inspiring poetry.

    Check out the latest edition of Poetry Canada March/April/May 2006
    POETRY CANADA LOCATIONS

  • Looking to pick up a copy of Poetry Canada magazine? Well you can now get it at Toronto's one-stop-artist-spot, The Renaissance Cafe - 1938 Danforth Avenue. More details at: www.RenaissanceCafe.ca
  • LAST CALL FOR SPIRIT OF HUMANITY ANTHOLOGY

    Check out the current contests:
  • Global Village and
  • Rhyming Poetry; where the winner of each will appear in Poetry Canada magazine. Call now open.

    THE SPIRIT OF HUMANITY ANTHOLOGY CALL
  • Get your submissions in NOW for the Artists For A Better World anthology themed and titled: The Spirit of Humanity.

    Check out all of the submission details at; www.artistsforabetterworld.org

    There is no submission fee.


    POETRY CANADA FEEDBACK

  • Peggy Fletcher - poet

    "I am enjoying the latest issue of Poetry Canada and especially liked your thoughts on Squawk Versus Talk. The art of communication has suffered greatly these past few years, and I believe it's the fault of everyone including writers and artists that reduce language to a meaningless level of political correctness. I often find that when I send out poetry that has a harsh message it is rejected by editors for being too negative. Yet the reality of the subject I have written about is not a positive one. Are we supposed to hide our poetic heads in the sand? Thanks for speaking out."

    Check out more or send a testimonial in yourself
  • Next month is poetry month, but there is still time for you to take part in lots of poetry activity right now. Make sure you submit to the Spirit of Humanity anthology which is about to close, and check out the Burlington Art Centre exhibition and join us on April 2nd to present your interpretation of the art.

    Make April the month you give yourself the gift of membership if you haven't already become a member of The Canadian Federation of Poets. You'll get a free one-year subscription to Poetry Canada Magazine, which alone is worth the fee. Add this to the over 20 or so benefits, and you really get your money's worth. It is a good action to take for your poetry career this year. Commit to making this the year that your dreams come true.

    Plus, we have a new Federation in the Durham region, and be sure to check out those already around.

    Tracy Lynn Repchuk
    President and Founder of the Canadian Federation of Poets

    TOP 10 THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR POETRY

    In the spirit of Poetry Month approaching, I thought it would be a good idea to give you some options you can take advantage of to help promote poetry in society. Read the whole Poetry Canada article

    1. Post it at the office
    It's time to be heard everywhere. If you have a bulletin board at the office, put one up with all the other notices. Make someone's day with it. Or send it to the office newsletter. Get it read!

    2. Make your own cards or calendar
    People pay $5 for a store bought Hallmark. Cash in on some of that action, and make your own. Add a photo, or other royalty free images. At the very least you can save money.

    3. Create a chapbook
    Most people have enough poetry to fill a book. Don't wait to be published, do it yourself. Print it, staple it, add pictures, and give out as gifts, brochures, or sell them.

    4. Send it to your local paper
    Papers often need filler, and poetry should be it. If we all send often, they'll start to realize there's a demand, and use it.

    5. Submit to magazines
    You won't know if you don't try! Poetry Canada is always looking.

    6. Attend an open mic
    Attend an event and read at least once a month. Keeping your poetry to yourself won't get it out there. If there isn't any, create the opportunity, select a coffee shop or bar, and watch the closet poets come out.

    7. Snail mail a poem
    Remember the old days when you used to send a letter to a lover, spouse, friend or child. Choose someone each month, and send them a poem. Enrich them with your words.

    8. Crash a Karaoke Night
    If you have performance poetry, or a poem that could be sung, take it to the big leagues. These places are usually well attended, and they would be grateful of the 'variety'.

    9. Enter a contest
    There are many contests that don't charge a fee, and reward you in some way. Find these, and enter them. Just think of the thrill if you won, and it doesn't cost you anything!

    10. Help poetry to help you
    When you help, that comes back to you. Volunteer for an event, host a poetry party, give a free workshop, promote poetry, and this will promote you in return.


    NEW FEDERATION IN DURHAM

    Poet, Stella Ducker has been appointed chair of the Durham Federation of Poets You can check out the page for upcoming activity, and contact Stella to become a part of the local activities happening there.

    Other new Federations you should contact are; Donna Thompson - Penticton, BC Federation and Richard Masterton - Quebec Federation. These dedicated poets are ready to get together with other local poets for fun, poetry and sharing.


    CFP EVENTS

  • Feb 24-April 2nd
    Burlington Federation

    Contact: Tracy Repchuk
    Burlington Art Centre
    1333 Lakeshore Rd., Burlington, ON

    Poets are invited to create poetry in response to this exhibit.
    Domestica
    (3 artists with colour/pattern on painted furniture, quilts and ceramics) Exhibit takes place from February 24th-April 2nd, 2006

    Drop into the gallery anytime and prepare your poetry for presentation on Sunday April 2nd at 2:00pm

  • Thursday March 16th, 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.

  • Wednesday March 29th, 2006 - 8pm
    Book Launch - The Age Begins by Oneal Walters
    The Arbor Room
    7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto Campus.

    Oneal Walters will read poems and sign copies of his book, THE AGE BEGINS, which will be made available for a special discounted cost of $7.

    Check out all of our happenings or get complete details on the above events from our on-line calendar.


  • CALENDAR CALLS:

    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.


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