Canadian Federation of Poets Newsletter
Keeping you informed
        May 4th, 2007

In This Issue

Welcome New Members

Poetry Canada Latest
Edition is SOLD OUT! 

Feature Book

Congratulations to The
Halton Poetry Winners

CFP Events

Anthology Call Focus

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:
  • Brittney Graham - Briarcrest, SK
  • Robin Westphal - Odessa, ON
    Josephine Stone - Guelph, ON
  • Deanna More - Fall River, NS
  • Susan Tearoe - Greenwood, BC
  • Ann Houghton - Vancouver, BC
  • Gail Dickie - Toronto, ON
  • Alvin Ens - Abbostford, BC
  • Lisa Timpf - Everett, ON
  • Tracey Gainforth - Peterborough, ON
  • Maybelle Style - Richmond Hill, ON
  • Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean
    C.C, C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D.
    Governor General of Canada

  • Norma West Linder
    Donna Thompson
  • Paul Hartal
    Lynn Tait
  • Norma West Linder
  • Stella Kuiper
  • Amir Hasham


    Check out this month's feature poet Mel Sarnese


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    Check out the current contests:

  • NEW! 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 Showcase Journal

    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:

    Winner will be announced December 31st.  Help poetry, and yourself - it's a win, win!

    Trish Shields


    Spirit Harvest is a collection of poetry set out as a harvest:  Field of Promise, Field of Bounty, Tree of Life, Killing Fields, and Fallow Fields.  Universal subjects such as love, death, war, peace, mother-child relationships and hope are covered in this book of poetry.
    ISBN 0-9716812-8-7
    $10.00 US

    This little collection is a sample of the work Trish Shields and Katherine Gordon have shared as they corresponded over the years.  It is the hope of both of these poets that communications between Canadian poets will spring up across the map, linking the coasts with the creative spirit of a People's Poetry. - Katherine L. Gordon, Editor

    ISBN 987-0-9682733-8-8
    $8.00 Canadian
    It can be purchased from Trish Shields -


    Betty Dobson of Halifax, Nova Scotia who has taken on the position of 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


    Canadian Federation of Poets
    2431 Cyprus Avenue
    Burlington, ON L7P 1G5

    May is for Miracles.

    Another glorious month is upon us, and I thought I would remind us all of the miracles we experience every day, and to write about them.  Whether they are as small as watching a yellow-crusted finch on a flaming orange rose, or as wonderful as seeing somebody lend a hand to someone else.   Look for the miracle in everything you see, and your entire day will get closer to making that a reality.

    A reminder that the anthology call is on, and hopefully you have been creating something for every edition that speaks to you, or you want to know more about.  This will be a fun and exciting project, and I look forward to everyone taking advantage of it.

    So start submitting and enjoy the journey.

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


    The Canadian Federation of Poets is proud to announce the winners of the third annual Spirit of Youth Poetry Contest.

    Our thanks to the teachers, sponsors and most importantly to the writers for making this possible.

    The CFP gives special commendation to George Arnold for his creation and support of this event, and his continued efforts to ensure the youth of tomorrow have a voice.

    Please come celebrate these wonderful young writers as they read on May 25th at Assumption High School. The event starts at 7:30.  Admission is free!

    In the junior division the winners are:

    1st Prize – Alanah Morin – St Thomas Aquinas

    2nd Prize – Chelsea Gray – St Thomas Aquinas

    3rd Prize - Sarah Eldershaw - Burlington Central


    In the senior division the winners are:

    1st Prize – Jeff Spinelli - Assumption

    2nd Prize – Sara Williams – Robert Bateman

    3rd Prize - Alyssa Newell – Christ the King

    Congratulations to our fine winners!

    Special Thanks to these groups for their support:

    Garf Publishing
    The Halton District Catholic School Board
    The Halton District Public School Board
    Staples Business Depot
    CJ’s Café’ in Bronte
    George Arnold -  CFP National Co-ordinator
                        - CFP Oakville co-chair
                        - Board Director Oakville Arts Council

         NEW CFP MEMBERSHIP      

    In addition to the 20 benefits you get already, including Poetry Canada magazine right to your door, the latest in a long line of taking care of our members is you will be able to:

    Submit 3 poems to each and every anthology increasing your chances of acceptance.

     EVERY ONE ELSE can only send in ONE per  anthology for consideration. 

    All submissions will be free.


                 JOIN TODAY! 



    The call is now open for all 10 anthologies.

    You can check out all of them at:
    The Poetry of (TM) ....

    Check out -  The Poetry of Travel.

    Travel- Editor: Lynn Tait

    The Poetry of Travel is a delightful concept as we can envision exotic journeys where we see other cultures, taste new foods, witness new sights, and cherish how we live. 

    It can be travels within our own mind, universes, imagination, the open exploration of possibilities and dreams.

    It can be experiences, good or bad, of air, car, train, bus, cruise, camel, horse, the many ways we got to where we wanted.

    It can be about a trip with purpose, or wrapped around a specific event, or the casual jump in the car, or escape we need from our every day lives.

    It can be about who you were with, what you did, who you met, the way that when you're away, your face seems to relax, a smile is ever-present, and each day starts with excitement and ends with fulfillment.

    It is about the humour of delays, tow-trucks, flat tires, gas stations too aromatic to recall, vending machine lunches and greasy spoon dinners.

    The Poetry of Travel is about the journey, from here to anywhere, and I hope you take the time to experience the freedom and joy of everything that it can be.

    Start your next masterpiece.


    This is a world wide call. 

    All submissions must go through the online system, DO NOT send any emails to the federation.  Any not
    received through the system, will not be considered.


    Help to put poetry back on the map!

    Advertise your book here for just $25 or $10 if you are a CFP member, or get a free book announce here with every 4 week
    Feature Book reservation.



  • Tuesday May 1st, 2007 - 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
  • Thursday May 17th, 2007 - 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.

  • Wednesday May 9th, 2007 - 7pm
    Halifax Federation of Poets
    Mollyz Diner
    2104 Gottingen Street, Halifax, NS
    Every third Wednesday of each month
    contact Betty Dobson or Donelda Kent
    at or

    Thursday May 24th, 2007 - 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.


  • 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.


    Canadian Federation of Poets