Canadian Federation of Poets Newsletter
Keeping you informed
       November 2007

In This Issue

Welcome New Members

Poetry Canada Highlights

Featured Book

The Power of the Internet

 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:

  • Phillip Lawrence Harrison - Edmonton, AB
  • Daphne Rose Kingma - Santa Barbara, CA
  • Charlotte Ann Zuzak - Grove City, PA
  • Richard Thellmann - Canal Fulton, OH
  • Deepak Sarkar - Victoria, BC
  • Sharon Sedola - Greenwood, BC
  • Johaina Soralta - Thornhill, ON
  • Gili Haimovich - Toronto, ON
  • Cheryl Xavier - Mississauga, ON
  • Margaret Averill - Westbank, BC
  • Raymond Middlemiss - Schelt, BC
  • Joan Sutcliffe - Toronto, ON
  • Charlene Robson - Vancouver, BC
  • Kelly Graham - Devon, AB
    Julie Ann Gilders, Calgary, AB
    Carol Clarke - Oshawa, ON
  • Jovan Vuksanovich - Oakville, ON
  • David MacLean - North Vancouver, BC
  • David Nichols, Toronto, ON
  • Brian Cobbledick, Regina, SK
  • Erika Foley - Wainwright, AB
  • Madeleine Grant - Saskatoon, SK
  • Glenda Walker-Hobbs, Flin Flon, MB

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

  • Josie Di Sciascio-Andrews
    Linda Dowd
  • Fenna Schaapman
  • Bonita Summers
  • Sylvia McGrath
  • Norma West Linder
  • Clark LaPointe

    Check out this month's feature poet Amir Hasham


    Poetry Canada has shipped and your copies should have all arrived. 

    This is a beautiful edition with photography by Perry Hoffman.

    It also contains poetry by:

  • Tom McFadden
  • Jay Krishnan
  • Tracey Gainforth
  • Ellen Fuchs
  • Roderick Benns
  • dc Vanston
  • Alacrity Stone
  • Rosa Hong Chen
  • Michael Corrino
  • Graham Ducker
  • Theodore Christou
  • Francesca Calabrese
  • Linda Frank
  • Lisa A Gray
  • Ricky Rapoport Friesem

  • Plus...
    Winners of the CFP Youth Poetry Contest

    Get your copy today!

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

    A Pure and Simple Faith
    By Ruth Nott


    Now Available at Amazon.
    An expression of her own creative inspiration as well as her wish to inspire others through it.  Her poems are, as characterized by the book's title, "pure and simple"—so simple, in fact, they have an aura of innocence about them, a childlike wonderment of gentle lyrics like "word-dancing with God." 
    The 66-page work allows her faith and love to shine through while also acknowledging the doubts we all sometimes feel.  In her poetry, Ruth emphasizes that, in a world filled with temptation, disappointment and heartache, God's love and support are still available to us all." 

    Creative Words Poetry


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




    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


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

    October/November, the start of fall, seasons for some, and a beautiful time to hunker into your poetry!

    Wow, if I thought my September was busy, that was nothing compared to my October, which is nothing compared to my November.

     My October consisted of flying to the UK to do my first 90 minute presentation to a packed house of people.  This is the 'have to know it, memorized, and spoken with passion' type of speech, and thankfully it was a huge success. 

    Thankfully, it was such a huge success, by time I got back after my week-long absence, I received a phone call from Australia, inviting me to speak in the UK once again, and in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2 weeks.  So I am away from Nov. 3rd to 20th.  This time though it will be to audiences of 600 - 1000 people.

    Two days after my return, I was putting on the Spirit of Humanity Poetry event for the Artists for a Better World Weekend Festival, which was a wonderful success. 
    You can see my blog posting on it at

    I also got a chance to promote the anthologies to a whole bunch of new poets, which is always a good thing. 

    Remember The call is open for all 10 anthologies.  Enter them ALL!
                              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



    When social media sites hit the internet, (otherwise known as web 2.0) there was an explosion of sites and ways in which you could market yourself as a poet, and your books.  One of the most frequently asked questions I get is "How do I sell my books?"   Well there are a number of answers to that varying from make sure you show up to open mics, read from your book and offer it for sale, to my preferred method now - the internet.

    If you want to reach millions of people with your poetry, get familiar with the internet and the marketing tools available to you for free.

    You can do 5 things right now which will change how you are known as a poet, around the world.

    1. Start a Blog - (WeB LOG)

    Go to

    Create a name for your blog
    Start posting to it - like journal writing, only at the end of every post you will sign off with your name and promote your book and where they can buy it.

    ie. Tracy Repchuk
    Bestselling author of 31 Days to Millionaire Marketing Miracles - Available at
    (And in the is a live link to my book - and if you want to make money from that as well - become an Amazon affiliate and sell your own book)

    2.  Buy your name as your domain name, and redirect this to be your blog.

    When you are an author, you are the brand of your writing.  You want to own your own domain name.


    Because when you get famous, and you didn't buy your name, it will probably be gone. 

    3.  Participate in social media/web 2.0 communities.  

    There is a lot of chatter that these are junk sites, and decreasing the value of poetry, which simply isn't true.  Perhaps there is a lot of 'not so good poetry out there', but people are smart, and can detect good poetry from bad, so don't be afraid to go to sites such as,,, and the thousands of specialty sites that are community and user driven, and promote your book, and your websites.  Every time you do a post you have a little signature at the bottom, that says your name, and promotes your website and your books.  You don't have to post your poetry on these sites, most of them are discussions, you can take part in, and then let your signature do the rest.  This not only gets you a brand new set of people that are discovering you, but it gets you very valuable links back to your websites, which will increase your value in the eyes of the Google God, and help with your organic search engine placement. 

    4. Video tape a reading and post it on YouTube

    Poetry is a visual and auditory medium, and when you put it into a video, you reading one of your poems, or record yourself at an event, this is where poetry promotion can really explode.  Millions of users hit YouTube EVERY DAY, and you can create your own channel, and load up everything you do.  Go to and find out more
    Here is my station:

    Create your own.

    5.  Create a radio station and broadcast your poems

    About a year ago now I spoke of the podcasting technology, which was a great way to get your audio's out for your poetry.  However, it was complicated, and time consuming.  But now, there is no excuse not to get the message out every day.

    The latest technology is called

    It is free, and you can be a host of your own show and broadcasting live to the world in 15 minutes.

    I have 3 radio shows, you can even go and check them out.

    - For todays guest there are 5 of us, called the Fab5, and we each talk on one of the days.  I am Wednesday mornings at 7:00am PST.  What is great is this show discusses writing, goals, fears, barriers, story telling, and business strategies.  There is something for EVERYONE.  Weekdays 7am PST, 10:00am EST.

    Later you can actually download your show to your IPOD for easy listening, or simply let the world enjoy it.

    So be sure not to neglect the internet as a tool for promoting your books, and your self, and help get quality poetry out there for all of us.

    PS - Don't forget to plug the CFP while you are it, because the more we promote each other, that's the way poetry will grow.   It could be as simple as saying For a great group to belong to check out
    or whatever fits the conversation.




  • Tuesday November 6th, 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 November 15th, 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 November 14th, 2007 - 7pm
    Halifax Federation of Poets
    Mollyz Diner
    2104 Gottingen Street, Halifax, NS
    Every third Wednesday of each month
    contact Donelda Kent

    Thursday November 29th, 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 -

    * Featured host and poet at the 7th Annual Artists for a Better World Poetry Event.  In addition she presented the award on center stage for the AFABW "Outstanding Contribution as an Artist"   Her latest exploits just brought her back from the UK, and in November she returns to London, UK and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as an International speaker and motivator.   She was recently interviewed by Dianne Corriette in the UK, Richard Butler of in Ireland, and Alvin Phang of Success Inspirations in Singapore.

    Carol Helen Clark -

    * Two of her poems have received recognition.  The poem titled "Achieving Peace" is being featured online in the Stephen Gill Gazette; my poem titled "Rushing" received Honorable Mention in the Stellar Literary Festival Poetry Contest 2007.

    Alvin Ens -

    * Won the poetry award for one-page writing of West End Writers (Vancouver) in June, 2007
    *   poem "But Not as a Princess" was published in Ascent Aspirations Magazine: Anthology Four Borderlines in Sept./ 2007.
    *  Self-published
    Rural Roots, my reflections in poetry of growing up in the prairies in the 40s and 50s.
    *  Short story, "You Gotta Know What You're Doing" won first place in the Clem Batte contest of the Penticton Writers (

    Grahum Ducker -

    * The Poem "Wilderness Camping" which appeared in the June/July/Aug/Sept 2007 issue, also won an honourable mention in the 76th Writer's Digest Writing Competition out of 19,000 entries.

    Thelma Davidson -

    * Featured reader at James Dewar's Hot Sauced Words.  
    * Gave an in-class presentation on poet Maggie Helwig's book "One Building In The Earth" (ECW Press, Toronto 2002) on October 24th at
    Influency 3:  A Toronto Poetry Salon

    Deborah L. Kelly -

    * Scheduled as a Featured Poet with The World Poetry Reading Series in Vancouver, December 17th

    Lynn Tait -

    *Appears in the following anthologies: Not What I Expected : The Unpredictable Road from Womanhood to Motherhood;  Just Bite Me, Satire Whimsy and other Tasty Treats; 3rd prize and poems in Ascent Aspiration's Borderlines;
    TOPS anthology Butterfly Thunder; Family Pictures: Poems and Photographs Celebrating Our Loved Ones; Arms Like Ladders:The Eloquent She, Poems from the Feminist Caucus 2007 League of Canadian Poets; Liaisons: R. D. Lawrence Commemorative Anthology and in Delicious:The Seven Deadly Sins Cranberry Tree Press, poem also in the magazine Misunderstandings and has been named co-editor of the 2008 TOPS member anthology.

    Diego Bastianutti -  

    *For the months of October, November and Part of December I am the co-host of the the program World Poetry Café on Co-op Radio 102.7 FM in Vancouver from

    Betty Dobson -  

    * Her poem "Poems That Rhyme" appears in the Summer 2007 edition of Sol Magazine, with an Honorable Mention in their "That's What I'm Talking" competition


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