Canadian Federation of Poets Newsletter
Keeping you informed
      May 2008

In This Issue

Welcome New Members

Poetry Canada

Featured Book

Create a Poetry CD for FREE

 CFP Events

Member News

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:

  • Bernice Lever - Bowen Island, BC
  • Eion O'Brien - Charlottetown, PEI
  • Janet Reid - Iroquois Falls, ON
  • James Quinn - Mississauga, ON
  • Morgan Balanser - Oakville, ON
  • Luminita Suse - Gloucester, ON
  • Karen Haffey - Toronto, ON
  • Frederick Mundle - Dalhousie, NB
  • Michael Cotterell - St. Lazare, QC
  • Brian Collinson, Oakville, ON
  • Najah Shuqair - Sarnia, ON
  • Kathryn Shirley - London, ON
  • Kathi Truscott - Windsor, ON
  • Karen Shivley - Mt. Prospect, IL
  • Oneal Walters - Etobicoke, ON
  • Skidmore, Valcourt, QC
  • Luik-Rossi - Milano, Italy
  • Maria Pia Marchelletta - Toronto, ON
  • Sandra Johnson - Winnipeg, MB
  • Anna Kapungu - Toronto, ON
  • M Gayle MacDonald - Moncton, NB
  • Bernard Edwards - Toronto, ON
  • Jacqueline Harrison - Burlington, ON

    Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean
    C.C, C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D.
    Governor General of Canada

  • Glenda Walker-Hobbs
  • Stella Ducker
  • Lorna J Knox
  • Josephine Stone
  • Deanna More
  • Tony Tremblett
  • Amir Hasham
  • Rosalind Patricia Eagle
  • Jim Greenwald
  • David Fraser
  • Karen Cole
  • Josie Di Sciascio-Andrews

  •    CFP Poet of the Month:
                Cheryl Xavier



    The next issue of Poetry Canada has been sent and should be on your doorstep... and contains some powerful interviews, including one person who appeared on Oprah 6 times.  Dream big!

    Poets Featured include:

       * Kim Cope Tate - Switzerland
       * Cheryl Antao Xavier - Canada
       * Daryl Sneath - Canada
       * Charlotte Ann Zuzak - Canada
       * Xelanire - Canada
       * Mark Miller - Australia
       * Kim Christensen - Denmark
       * Christopher Barnes - UK
       * Alison Pearce - Australia
       * Russell Salamon - California

    Rhyming Contest Winner:
       * Bridget Coubain - Canada

    9 Ways to Transfor Your Poetry
       by Suzan Wiener

    Interview with Daphne Rose Kingma
       by Tracy Repchuk

         Get your copy today!

    A reminder that for only $9.95 USD for the full year, you can get a look at over 15 editions and always the current edition of Poetry Canada in PDF format. Get all the great information from 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007 - for one LOW PRICE! ORDER TODAY and get started right away!

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    Poetry Canada Magazine



    Check out the current contests:

  • Poetry Canada 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.

  • 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 of the Federation of Poets proud promotion contest is Nikhil Parekh!

    Contest will be repeated and winner announced next year.

          FEATURE BOOK

          Book this spot - Only $15
         includes online feature too


    Betty Dobson of Halifax, Nova Scotia is the 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


    Over 20 benefits including a free subscription to Poetry Canada magazine, contest and anthology benefits.




    Canadian Federation of Poets
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    Burlington, ON L7P 1G5

    We are always looking for help, if you would like to join our volunteer team, go here and check out our list of positions.

    Become a CFP Volunteer

    May I?

    When I think of the month of May, besides May flowers, I think of the game Mother May I. So what if May became the month of May I. May I share my poetry with you? May I attend a reading? May I submit my poetry? May I promote my book? May I announce my news? The power behind a "May I" is you.

    Take the initiative this month and get yourself and your poetry to the people. Think in the box, out of the box and pick at least three things to do that achieves that goal.

    If you're a CFP member, send me your news.  That's one done already. If applicable, it can appear in this newsletter.

    Are you a CFP member and write articles?  Send them in too. They can be considered for this newsletter as well. That is free publicity and promotion whether you are a poet, editor or publicist.

                Join the Canadian Federation of Poets
                            It's money well spent!

                        LAST CHANCE FOR SOME! 
    The call is open for 9 anthologies. 
                              The Poetry of (TM) ....
                                 World-wide Call

         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



    There is nothing more powerful than hearing what a poem sounds like from its creator. Only you know exactly what it is meant to sound like, how you pause and invoke emotion from intonations and flex in tone. In the early days, poets created a chap book to get their work out the door, but now, you can record your voice on your computer and create a CD in under an hour.

    Even better, keep the audio in digital .mp3 format, and sell it on the web.  Zero cost to you, zero production, and by integrating it to paypal payment processor, you can be selling your work while you sleep.

    I sell audios of everything I say and do - and people pay for it. You are no different, and can do the same thing.

    Here is a sample

    (the site isn't done - it's still being built)

    I give you this link so that you can see I am selling 30 audios and some other stuff for $495. And in fact, it will go to $695 shortly after that, this is just the introductory price. So don't look at it to purchase, but look how I set it up, how I created a 'CD' cover for the audio, get friends or encourage purchasers to give you testimonials, and I do this even if it is just a digital download. This product hasn't been launched, but I know I will make $10,000 per month from this one campaign alone, because I already have queues of 20 people waiting to buy it, and I am limiting it to 20 purchasers per month. This will keep $10,000 streaming in every month, create a situation of scarcity, and create a purchase frenzy at launch time. 

    Profit from your poetry, without the production costs of books.

    Look under your computer's accessory option, and there is a function called Sound Recorder.  Record your poetry and sell it in a compilation.  If you have my book 31 Days to Millionaire Marketing Miracles, all of the steps are detailed in there for you.

    If you have a blog, and want to share your poetry orally for free, you can record using this free service, which provides you with the code for a 'play, pause and stop' button that you can put on your blog or website.
    1.   Visit - Register - it will take you to your account. 
    2.  Then you call: 1-604-609-0185 - Enter your ID from registration



    Over 20 benefits including a free subscription to Poetry Canada magazine, contest and anthology benefits.




    Enter them ALL!
    The call is open for 9 anthologies. 
           The Poetry of (TM) ....
       World-wide Call



  • First Tuesday of Every Month - 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
  • Third Thursday of Every Month - 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.
  • Third Wednesday of Every Month - 7pm
    Halifax Federation of Poets
    Mollyz Diner
    2104 Gottingen Street, Halifax, NS
    Every third Wednesday of each month
    contact Donelda Kent

    Last Thursday of Every Month - 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.

    Federation Peel Region (Brampton/Mississauga)
    Last Saturday of every month starting at 2 p.m. at the Heritage Glen Residences,
    6515 Glen Erin Dr., Mississauga.
    Peel Region Federation
    Contact: Cheryl Xavier
    Admission: Free

  • 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 -

    * Interviewed by Arielle Ford, America's #1 book publicist for her success with; the 2008 release of 31 Days to Millionaire Marketing Miracles, her award recognition and world wide speaking engagements.

    Bernice Lever -

    * Won the Wm. Henry Drummond Poetry Contest
    * Just returned from 11 days doing workshops and readings in Victoria, BC

    Diego Bastiunutti -

    * Won an International prize for his book -- included prize money, free trip and accommodation to Trieste, Italy - Yeah!

    Nikhil Parekh -

    * Cheryl Xavier -

    * Appeared in Streetsville Village Times newspaper as the coordinator for poetry readings at the Streetsville Arts Fest held in Mississauga from May 23rd to June 5th. Contact Cheryl if you wish to participate.

    Jovan Vuksanovich -

    * Completed a CD of 9 poems entitled "Deviant Melody" Sells for $10 -