Canadian Federation of Poets Newsletter
Keeping you informed November 2005

In This Issue

CFP Feature Profile - Feature Poet

Welcome New Members

Member Feedback

New Books Listed

CFP Events

Christmas is Coming!

New Contest


Be sure to introduce yourself in the Federation on-line forums, and check out the member biography section to find out more about each.

  • Paul Bollington - Lincoln, California
  • Lorna Joy Knox - London, U.K.
  • Eric Linden - Penticton, BC
  • David Fraser - Nanoose Bay, BC

  • Honaria (Nora) Groves - Oakville, ON
  • Raymond Fenech - Malta, Europe
  • Peggy Fletcher - Sarnia, ON

    What are you waiting for?
    Join today and look forward to an exciting year of contests, events and publishing opportunities.

    Check out this months feature poet David Chirko.


    With Christmas just around the corner, we'd like to offer some great gift giving ideas, all for under $35!

    1. For those impossible to buy for friends and family - those people that have everything and another knick-knack or joke gift just won't cut it anymore - then give the gift that lasts a full year. Poetry Canada magazine A subscription to Poetry Canada magazine
    Starting at just $20 in Canada, this can be an easy and enlightening way to get your gift giving done, and spread the joy and necessity of poetry. They can receive the December/January/February issue under the tree, and then get a full year starting in March! Our gift to you, for your gift to them. Order Today!

    2. Got a closet poet in your life? Then get them active and involved with a Canadian Federation of Poets membership. Starting at just $35, this gift will be life-changing, and add to the betterment of society and the arts. The more poets we get proudly out there - even if they are moonlighting as an accountant or executive, the faster the word will spread that poetry is life!

    3. Take a look in our CFPShop where we have a fantastic array of books and stocking stuffers to help you achieve your goals in life. Promotion of poetry, and help of another poet. Instant karma, starting at just $5!! Perfect for those secret santa events, and less fattening than chocolate and more expressive than socks.

    Check out the new contest "Global Village" where the winner will appear in Poetry Canada magazine. Call now open.


  • Karen Calaiezzi - Since just recently joining the CFP, I have been quite impressed with Tracy's friendly, positive and encouraging personality. Not only, is she very talented in the arts, but she is also very good at running the CFP. She is always quick to respond to all my questions and never hestitates to help me out, especially with my limited computer skills. She was able to get my bio on the website within a few days and is helping to promote my chapbook. Thank you Tracy. I wish you continued success in all that you do.

    Read more AND submit yours!


    Be sure to check out in the CFPShop section these new books from members. They make great gifts!

  • From the Outside In by Karen Calaiezzi - $8

    Get complete book details at CFPShop
  • As I was writing this, I realized I needed to do a severe mental shift in what happens to me in November. I start to hibernate. It gets cold, and dreary, and I stock my cupboards and dread the first snowfall. What ever happened to my childlike enthusiasm to the winter months? What good ever came out of November? It was the start of the decline in cold days, long nights and Christmas chaos. How utterly depressing. So no more! For anyone who thought like me, it is time for us all to write until we get back to our love of everything that is winter. For those who love winter, post your poetry in the forum - sell us on the beauty and awe of winter. For those of you who live in summer like conditions all year round, the only thing I have for you is the sheer beauty of Autumn that must be seen, and my envy (but that is another poem).

    So fellow poets, remember to attend at least one poetry event a month, write at least one new poem a month, and send a 'poem' letter to a friend as a birthday greeting or just to say hi. Everywhere you turn - THAT IS POETRY!

    If you have any ideas, questions, or want to start a local Federation in your area, let me know!

    Send me an email.
    Tracy Lynn Repchuk President and Founder of the Canadian Federation of Poets

    CFP Feature Profile
    Feature Poet of the Month

    One of the most asked about features of being a Federation member, is the Feature Poet. We promote one poet every month and this honour attaches to their member bio listings and then remains posted in the archives list.

    The answers to your top questions are;

    1. How do I become a CFP Feature Poet of the Month
    Step one is you must be a CFP member.

    Step two is you must participate as a member whether that be as a Federation chair, poetry judge, forum user, event attender - in general, you don't quietly write at home and never communicate to others. You let people know you are there, you show them your work, you talk about your affiliation with the CFP, and you take an active part in letting everyone know you are a poet. This is what membership is. Not paying a fee, and waiting until the next year to join again. It is talking to other poets in a way that advances poetry as an art form.

    Step three: Once you have satisfied the above, send me an email and request consideration. I will know if you have satisfied the above or not, because the poets who get selected, I see, I hear from, they list their books in the CFPShop, I watch on the forums, or they send me a member testimonial because they are so thrilled with being a part of the CFP family.

    2. Why is there a feature poet?
    One of the primary focus issues of the CFP is promotion of poets and poetry. This is an avenue we use to help you do that. It is a chance to be exposed to 50,000 visitors every month in a one-on-one way, and over 600 ezine subscribers, and growing daily. It is a chance to let other like-minded people really get to know you, and this type of activity is an integral part to you becoming more widely known in the industry. Reputations are earned, and then promoted. We are here to help you do the latter. Best of all, it is free!

    Check out our past Featured Poets


    So you haven't got a website yet? Or you do, but it isn't as alive as you'd like. Well the answer for you may reside in "Blogs".

    A blog is an easy-to-use web site, where you can quickly post thoughts, interact with people, post photos, and more. All for FREE, and without the need for any web creating skills!

    So, let's start taking advantage of this, and make yourself a website

    Simply go to
    and in under 15 minutes you can have the start of your own live, active and personal poetry journey to share with others. Then let me know about it and I will add your website link to your name!

    If you aren't a CFP member and would like to get your name listed with your new website - it is easy to JOIN! We're here to help!


  • Sunday November 6th, 2005 - 12-5pm
    Hamilton Small Press Fair

    Downtown Cultural Centre
    28 Rebecca St. (at Hughson), Hamilton, ON
    Free Admission

    Join the Canadian Federation of Poets as we participate in Hamilton's first small press fair. We will have on display members books, Poetry Canada magazine, and much more. This is a great chance to check out the Federation, it's members offerings, and pick up some great reading for yourself or as a gift.

    If you are a CFP member you are welcome to join us at the booth, or drop off some of your books for sale, or send us a few copies for our stock and we will display them for you at this show, and any other show we participate in.

  • Thursday November 17th, 2005 - 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.

  • Friday November 28th, 2005 at 7pm
    Milton Federation event
    Contact: Jenny Panda
    Espress Yourself Cafe
    220 Main St. East, Milton

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

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


    Special Limited Time Offer:

    Buy 3, get 1 FREE. Book any 3 ads, and you get one free, plus you can decide which month's they go out in advance. Get your message across, until it is heard.
    CFP member only $15, non CFP members, the rate is $25. Get your word out there!

    To reserve this spot send an email to; and we'll get in touch and help you reach your objectives.


    Calendar Coordinator: Kevin Craig

    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.
    Canadian Federation of Poets