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Check out this months feature poet
LAST CALL FOR SPIRIT OF HUMANITY ANTHOLOGY
Check out the current contests:
POETRY CANADA SPEAKS OUT
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:
Global Village and
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
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.
Feb 24-April 2nd
Contact: Tracy Repchuk
Burlington Art Centre
1333 Lakeshore Rd., Burlington, ON
Poets are invited to create poetry in response to this exhibit.
(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
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
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.