Canadian Federation of Poets Newsletter
Keeping you informed
        May 11th, 2007

In This Issue

Welcome New Members

Poetry Canada Latest
Edition has SOLD OUT

Feature Books

The Poetry of Birth Focus

CFP Events

The Poetry of Relationships

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:
  • Deborah Gage - Miss. ON
  • Sean Bradford - Brantford, ON
  • Gina Roitman, Montreal, QC
  • Conrad DiDiodato - Stoney Creek, ON
  • Johnmichael Simon - Isreal
  • Helen Bar-Lev - Israel
  • Peter Andrewes - Halifax, NS
  • 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 
  • Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean
    C.C, C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D.
    Governor General of Canada

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

    Check out this month's feature poet Mel Sarnese


                          SOLD OUT!

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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

    Happy Mother's Day!

    I wanted to send out another newsletter this month to remind us about the great anthology and publishing opportunity that is on right now, and as Mother's Day approaches it's a good time to think about these calls which are profiled in this edition, "The Poetry of Birth" and "The Poetry of Relationships".

    Each of these topics touch on mom in some way, among other things of course, but with it being a time where we celebrate where we came from, or what we are, we can also think and express, how we feel.

    The call is now open for all 10 anthologies. 
                              The Poetry of (TM) ....

    Check them all out, and submit to any that speaks to you.   The Poetry of...

                             Enjoy the journey.

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

               THE POETRY OF BIRTH  

                        Birth- Editor: Christina Cowling

    The Poetry of Birth is so expansive and profound, as the cycle of life dictates that birth is everywhere.

    Birth means 'a beginning.'

    This can be the birth of new buds in spring, the birth of animal and wildlife as it struggles with its new surroundings, and orients, and reaches for heights greater and more expansive in every moment.

    It can be the birth of a child, newly arrived to yourself, or friends, or in general as they are born to great wealth or dense wastelands of poverty, with their diverse struggles of identity versus survival.  

    It can be our own birth, a spiritual awakening, or the journey we take to always invoke a new beginning in a cycle of constant creation.

    It can be experiences, good or bad, of beginnings, in any capacity as you move through life on a voyage of discovery and the unknown.

    The Poetry of Birth is any beginning, of anything, that touches your soul, and synthesizes emotions. 

    Start your next masterpiece.


    Relationships- Editor: Mel Sarnese

    The Poetry of Relationships is such an integral part of every ounce of our beingness, because without them, we are alone.  The collective conscious cannot provide for us what a relationship does on this particular plane of existence.  We need them, and they make us who we are. 

    It can be our relationship with ourselves, and how we care, and nurture, or don't, what our needs, wants, desires, dreams, and creations are. 

    It can be our relationship with our family, friends, children, and what that can, or does, or doesn't, to make life worthwhile or worth expressing.

    It can be about our relationship with other groups, how we participate, or keep to ourselves, or view, or listen, or communicate, in a thriving or suppressive environment, and what effect that has on us with respect to our fears, worries, and enthusiasm.

    It can be about our relationship with mankind, our humanity towards all beings, races, religions, our tolerances, how we support, and create and work towards creating a better place for everyone, or do we, and what that means?

    It is about our relationship with the animal and plant kingdom.  Our concerns for their place, their contributions, how we treat them, respect them, create disdain, encroach or torment, it is how we live with the other creatures who communicate in their own ways, and remain as mysterious to us, as we do to them.

    It is about our relationship with the planet, how we care for, or destroy, our travels to different dimensions across time, space and where we are in the picture that is far beyond our scope, but well within our reach.

    It is about our relationship from a spiritual perspective.  How as spirit our power is expansive and unlimited, with abundance in perpetuity and the infinite nature of the sum total of our experiences.

    The Poetry of Relationships is at the very core to how we as humans, and as spirits reach to everything else, and dare to always go further, and make better anything we come into contact with, in such a way, that they are better off for having done so.

    Start your next masterpiece.


    This is a world wide call

         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! 


    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.

    Tracy Repchuk - Won "2007 Hottest New Internet Marketing Success of the Year" and received an all expense paid trip to Singapore May 22 to June 3rd, where she will appear on stage in front of 2000, and present her journey. This is the Oscar's of the Internet world.


    Canadian Federation of Poets




    Tracy Repchuk, President and Founder