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

In This Issue

Welcome New Members

New Books in CFPShop

Have you joined the FREE CFP Forum?

CFP Events

Poetry Canada Coming Soon

Prayers and Thoughts

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:
  • Adele Thomas - Sarnia, ON

  • Anna Yin - Mississauga, ON
  • Aileen Calligaris - Kingston, ON

    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 Lorna Knox.


    Poetry Canada magazine

    The next edition of Poetry Canada magazine is about to hit the streets, and it is going to be a great isssue.

  • 2006 Book Survey Results are in and if you have a book - this is something you should know!
  • Spirit of Youth Contest Winner poetry
  • Poetry by:
    • Kevin Regalbuto
    • Sir Earice
    • JL Burbidge
    • Richard Fry
    • Johanna Skibsrud
    • KC Wilder
    • Magdalena Ball
    • Laura Murray
    • Richard Fein
  • Poets' Marketplace
  • Rhyming contest winner: Michelle F Cooper
  • Global village contest winner: Janet Harvey
  • Poetry, art, photography, and culture
  • Cover page by Metin Berektli

    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.


    If you are the type to send positive thoughts, participate in prayer chains, or just want to wish someone well - we need you. A CFP member Donna Thompson, has an eight-year-old granddaughter who was just hit by a truck. She has undergone brain surgery, and is recuperating. Alicia was going to appear this year in a Broadway ballet production, so we very much need angelic souls such as these in our presence.

    Donna has been posting the progress and sharing her story on the CFPChat Forum, so if you would like to let her know you're thinking about her and her granddaughter, or want to post a poem about a similar incident, how it makes you feel, whatever - I just thought it is a good time for friends and family to get together and let people know you care.

    Thanks everyone.

    Donna is known on the Forum as Foresta Gump

    You will need to register on the forum first before you can post, but in this same newsletter I have put the instructions on how to do so.

    CFPChat Area where she posts

    Do you need our thoughts and prayers? If so, let me know.

    Well I am excited to report that poetry must be growing in Canada, because the Canadian Federation of Poets site is now averaging 39,000 webhits per WEEK! That is over 100,000 hits per month. We have almost 500 postings in our Forum, and it has become quite active and is finally catching on as a place to share your poetry, thoughts, ask questions, etc. We have over 1000 members in our poetry e-zine, and a very active channel you can advertise your books and/or services to. We would like to thank everyone that has gotten us to this point, and encourage you to continue to promote poetry, and everything it stands for.

    If you have been thinking about joining the CFP, 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


    I just had an email come in asking me what the CFP Forum was. What a great question, that I assumed everyone knew about. So I thought I would rather share the answer to make sure you knew there was an area you could share your work, in a quiet, free, safe and friendly environment. How do I know it is all these things? Each person who applies for registration to the forum, has to be approved first. This prevents spammers, and guests who just log in to suppress and critique for the sake of being nasty. This results in a community of like-minded people, who are seeking an area where the feedback is real, the people aren't hiding, and are all hoping to improve and read some great poetry. The various forums include:
  • Federation of Poets (For announcements and CFP related stuff.)
  • Poets' Paradise (For anyone wishing to share their poetry, plus Poetry Canada magazine scans this area for selections.)
  • Young Poets (For poets aged 5-15 years of age). Monitored and protected.
  • Education and Lesson Postings (The CFP has a 52-week education certificate, and this is where you can post your lessons/work.)
  • Poetry Canada Poet's Practice (Sometimes in Poetry Canada magazine there is an exercise. This is where you can post your results and compare to others.)
  • Poetry Buddies (This is where you and a friend can critique each others work.)
  • Christmas Cheer (A seasonal area to post your winter based work.)
  • Resolutions (An area to tell others about your goals, and then post results.)
  • Ode to Irving Laytong (A permanent way to give honour to a great Canadian Poet.)

    So, let's get started.
    Step 1 - Go to the CFP website
    Step 2 - On the upper navigation bar is an option called, CFPChat. Select it.
    Step 3 - In the upper right hand corner is an option called "Register". Follow the instructions for that.
    Step 4 - An email will get sent to the CFP asking us to verify, and activate. In addition, you will need to send us an email with your requested "userid" so that we can activate your account.
    Step 5 - Put your userid and password in a safe place. Write it down, because we have no idea what it is, so if you lose it, we can't help you. It is a security issue between the forum and you.
    Step 6 - Select a forum, introduce yourself, start posting, and have fun!


    Natalie Hartgers:

    Feel the Bright Light
    Spiritualist and poet, Natalie Hartgers, a Netherland based writer, uses contemplative reflections in rhyme to awaken mankind in her quest for peace.

    She takes her readers through a journey of experiences and provides wisdom and insight to achieve enlightenment.

    Natalie gets her ideas and realizations from her spiritual guide, astral travel, dreams and her own intuition.

    A beautiful integration of photography, poetry and insight that is a must have for your collection.

    ISBN: 0-97327624-7-4, 112 pages, 5 x 7

    CDN $14.95 - Purchase your copy today!

    Flavia Cosma:

    Leaves of a Diary
    Romanian-Canadian singer produces tantalizing, entrancing translations into English of a Latin language that recovers the Gospel of Paul, and paves the way for a possibility of salvation, and resurrection.

    Korean-Canadian Literary Forum-21 Press Toronto, 2006

    The official launching of Leaves of a Diary will be taking place in Toronto at Hart House Library University of Toronto, Wednesday May 24th 2006. Author will be in attendance, reading to begin at 7pm.

    ISBN: 0-9689561-7-3

    CDN $14.95 - Purchase your copy today!

    Advertise your book here for just $25 or $15 if you are a CFP member.


  • Thursday May 18th, 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.

  • Grants Information Workshop

    Burlington Art Centre - May 28, 2006 1:30-3:00pm
    1333 Lakeshore Road, Burlington, ON. L7S 1A9

    An information session regarding granting programs and application procedures for artists and craftspeople. Presentation by Michel Gaboury, The Canada Council for the Arts.

    Admission free.
    Call 905-632-7796 ext. 307 to reserve your seat.


    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