Canadian Federation of Poets Newsletter
Keeping you informed November 1st, 2006

In This Issue

Welcome New Members

In the News

Featured Books

Meet the Team

CFP Events

Poetry Canada New Edition

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:
  • Renee Ewing - Irricana, Alberta
  • Tim Cavanagh - Nipigon, ON
  • C Brian Cobbledick - Regina, SK
  • Dave Fogarty -Aspen, Nova Scotia
  • Karl Wendt - Halifax, NS
  • Patricia Brennan-Alpert - Halifax, NS
  • Lucia Gorea - Vancouver, BC
  • Mike J. Payne - Montreal, Quebec
  • Neil Harding McAlister - Port Perry, ON
  • Lynda Turcotte - Landsdowne, ON

  • Elaine Traviss
  • David Fraser
  • Lorna J. Knox
  • Thelma Davidson
  • Clark LaPointe
  • JMariah

    Check out this months feature poet Donelda Kent.


    October/November/December/January 2007 has released!

    Poetry Canada magazine

    This edition features great articles, wonderful poetry, amazing photography, and tons of great things to enjoy, buy and share.

    The exciting new format, a PDF subscription, now allows International participants to view the magazine in PDF format. Because the magazine is so diverse, with work from all over the world, a new format has been introduced for online visitors. You can now subscribe to the online version, for only $9.95 for the full year.

    That's a full year where you get the current edition, the 2006 issues that have already been issued, and the entire 2005 series which includes valuable articles such as:
    "Top 4 ways to Help make it happen!"
    "How to sell your greeting card verses"
    "The Writer Within"
    "Top 10 things to do with your poetry"
    "Poetry Survey Results - What you need to know!"

    And, since I realize that you need information to help you get more out of your poetry, for a limited time only, I will include the entire 2004 issues as well, which has terrific advice such as:
    "Top 5 mistakes self-published authors make"
    "10 ways to improve your poetry and get published"

    That's a total of 13 issues for only $9.95

    Subscribe today and keep informed for the full year.

    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.

  • CFP members call for CCLA Anthology
    Canada Cuba Literary Alliance "It was as if..." contest.

  • NEW! Stellar Showcase Journal
    Our Fall Issue (online & print) are published and we are now focusing on our Winter Issue (Dec 1st quarterly publication) Our poets and writers are from all over the world. Check out our online journal.

    Stellar Showcase Journal accepts poetry, short stories & articles on writing year round. Submission deadline for the winter issue is Nov 5th.


    Anthology Call “Poems for Big Kids”
    (poetry for older children)
    Submissions close approx. 30 Oct. 2007

    Check it out and submit your work today!

  • Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest - No Fee
    Online Submission Deadline: April 1, 2007
    Winning Writers invites you to enter the sixth annual Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest. The prize pool has doubled to $3,336.40 in cash, with a top prize of $1,359. There is no fee to enter. Judge: Jendi Reiter.
    Submit online


    A special welcome and thanks to Rebecca Cuevas De Caissie
    who is taking on the position of Youth Director.

    This is a very important position that Rebecca has taken on, and I am thrilled to have her as part of the team, helping to shape the minds and keep poetry alive at a very important audience - our youth.
    Our youth provide the future for our tomorrow, and it is important that with them they bring the beauty of poetry, and use the inspirational power of words.

    Feature Book Announce

    Poetic Beauty

    POETIC BEAUTY is a story Joanne wrote in the hopes of giving teens the courage to stand up and say no to abuse when dating. This story is about a teen who finds herself in a bad situation, and is courageous enough to look honestly at her feelings. As she realizes the danger that would confront her if she chose to continue in this volatile relationship, she knew there were choices to be made, and she alone must find the courage to make them.

    Paperback - 84 pages ISBN #08059-9109-3

    Get your copy today for $12.00 from Rose Dog Books

    Through The Ages

    Through The Ages is a compilation of Inspirational Poetry, where Michaela taps into her spirituality, to reflect on inspiration drawn from the ancient Qabbala, scripture, nature, and creation - to express a thirst and desire for knowledge, transcendence, and a longing for unity and completion.
    She conveys desires, hopes, and pain as legitimate means for forgiveness and deliverance. She expresses a longing for a redeemer, and a perfect hero and alludes to biblical figures as such personas and archetypes in our lives.

    Paperback - 160 pages ISBN 1424102510

    Get your copy today for $19.95 from

    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.


    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

    There are lots of exciting things happening with the CFP, including an almost full volunteer board. These selected people are taking on the responsibility of helping the Federation of Poets grow, helping promote poetry and its members, and helping to make a positive impact in their neighbourhood. I am hoping many others jump aboard, start a Federation, and become a participant in not only poetry, but in making this planet a better place through positive word.

    Now is a great time to join 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


    Federation of Poets

    The Canadian Federation has a new logo, and we want everyone to take it, and put it on their website. If you have a website, put it up there. If you receive this newsletter, you are free to copy the logo, and put it on your website, with a link to

    Anyone who puts the logo up, let us know with an email that has "Promote Poetry" in the subject line, and the website name, and on December 31st, we will select one lucky winner to win a free ad in Poetry Canada magazine's Poets' Marketplace section. Help poetry, and yourself - it's a win, win!

    If you need help, let me know and I'll show you what you need to put in your webpage to get it running.


    We have a fantastic group of people, who all share the vision of the importance of poetry, the betterment of society, the care and nurturing of our youth, and the need to do something about it.

    Thanks to these fine people.

    President & Founder
    - Tracy Lynn Repchuk

    Tracy Lynn Repchuk is the president and founder and thanks to the volunteers below, is only responsible for running the operation, website, newsletter, member management, emails, magazine distribution, finances, strategic planning, communication flows, marketing and advertising, PR, quality assurance, expansion, and success stories.

    National Coordinator for Canada
    - George Arnold

    George Arnold is the Oakville Federation Chair, Burlington Co-Chair, Oakville Arts Council representative, and has won the CFP Poet of the Year 2 years in a row. George is a vital member of the CFP, and the only awarded lifetime member.

    George is responsible for the success and expansion of the CFP in Canada with respect to the operation and growth of Federations/Chapters throughout the country.

    Publishing Coordinator - InnerSurf Publishing

      InnerSurf Publishing is responsible for the coordination and printing of CFP anthologies and publications for the organization and its members.
    Education Director - Robert Hayes

      Robert is responsible for ensuring that anyone who is registered to achieve their Poet's Certificate from the lessons on the site, is progressing. He is also required to check current postings for accuracy, and send in a report of the name and week # that a poet has completed to.

    Calendar Coordinator
    - Betty Dobson

    Betty is responsible for updating the online calendar with CFP, member, and affiliate events.

    Youth Division Director - Rebecca Cuevas De Caissie
      Rebecca is responsible for monitoring the activity on the Youth Forum, and for ensuring youth know that membership to the CFP is free, and to promote this where ever possible. Ages 15 and under are free. This is a very important position, because it is the youth that will keep poetry prominent in their lives, integrated into whatever they do, and support and promote this important literary medium.

    Forum Manager - Donna Thompson
      Donna is responsible for greeting new forum participants, and helping to welcome and orient them through their journey. They also watch for inappropriate postings, language and ill treatment of any person.

    Magazine Coordinator - Janet Harvey
      Janet is involved in selling advertising for Poetry Canada magazine to publishers, galleries, businesses, poets, printing houses, coffee shops, any appropriate audience.

    Relationship Manager - Jacquii Cooke
      Jacquii is responsible for seeking out appropriate places on the internet to get the CFP listed.

    Membership Assistant - Donelda Kent
      Donelda is responsible for contacting expired members and reminding them it is time to renew.

    Membership Liaison - Sylvia McGrath
      Sylvia will be involved with monitoring and conducting surveys to new users to ensure they are oriented, emailing a survey to current users to ensure they are satisfied, and emailing a testimonial request to renewing members, to get feedback on why the CFP is a great group to belong to.

    India: Marketing & PR - Nikhil Perekh
      Nikhil is responsible for educating groups about the mission of the CFP, and seeing if they are interested in becoming an affiliate, or placing a link on their site for us, or trading advertising channels, etc.

    Advisory Board
    These people were selected as a result of their similar passions, and care for the direction and outcome of humanity and the arts.
  • George Alger - President of Artists for a Better World
  • Richard Grove - President of Canada Cuba Literary Alliance
  • Bunny Iskov - Founder of The Ontario Poetry Society
  • George Arnold - CFP National Coordinator for Canada

    Federation Chairs

  • Oakville Federation - George Arnold
  • Burlington Federation - Jean Burbidge & George Arnold
  • Penticton BC Federation - Donna Thompson
  • North Vancouver BC Federation - Deborah Kelly
  • Ottawa Federation - Richard Vallance
  • Brighton-Quinte Federation - Richard Grove
  • Halifax Federation of Poets - Donelda Kent & Betty Dobson
  • Quebec Federation - Richard Masterton
  • Durham Region Federation- Stella Ducker
  • Ukranian Federation of Poets - Ukraine: Dymytri Drosdovscky


  • Thursday November 16th, 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.

  • Tuesday November 21st, 2006 - 8pm
    CFP Halifax Nova Scotia
    Contact: Betty Dobson or Donelda Kent
    at: Mollyz Diner, 2104 Gottingen Street, Halifax.

    Open mic event where poets and performers can get together and share both poetry and short stories.

  • Sunday November 19th, 2006 - 2pm
    Ottawa Federation

    Contact: Richard Vallance
    Royal Oak II Restaurant
    161 Laurier East, Ottawa

    Every third Sunday of the month. 2-4pm
    Admission: Free
    Open mic event where poets and performers can get together and share both poetry and short stories.

  • Now and November 19th, 2006
    Burlington Federation
    Contact: George Arnold
    Burlington Art Centre, AIC Gallery
    1333 Lakeshore Rd., Burlington

    It is time to head down to the BAC to view the display of landscapes by Barry McCarthy, and create the work that will be presented on Sunday Nov. 19th. It is a fantastic event to attend, and participate in, and has produced some of the best writing I have seen.

  • North Vancouver Federation of Poets
    Interested members should contact Deborah Kelly to become a part of this chapter, and its launch date which is January 17th, 2007 at 7-9pm at Beans Coffee house on Lonsdale and 18th Street.
    This will be an exciting date, similar to the excitement generated by the Halifax group, with featured speakers so far such as the International Christian Poet Laureate "Violet Nesdoly" and many more in the works. She will be announcing details soon of the location. If you're in that area, feel free to contact Deborah now and let her know. Email:

  • 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:

    Check out all of our happenings or get complete details on the above events from our online calendar.

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