Canadian Federation of Poets Newsletter
Keeping you informed October 2nd, 2006

In This Issue

Welcome New Members

Featured Books

Federation Fun

CFP Events

Poetry Canada New Edition

Contests & Calls

CFP Member Feedback


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:
  • Karen Peralta - Kenmore, WA
  • Deborah L Kelly - North Vancouver, BC
  • Mike J. Payne - Montreal, Quebec
  • Marilyn Beth Edwards - Korea
  • Zoi Kilakos - Montreal, QC
  • Orania Hamilton - Apple Valley, CA USA
  • Dave Fogarty -Aspen, Nova Scotia

  • Donelda Kent
  • Lorna J. Knox
  • Lois Nantais
  • Raymond Fenech
  • Craig LaPointe

    Check out this months feature poet Betty Dobson.


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

  • Podcasting: Giving Poetry a Voice - by Ken Munro
  • Small Publishers Rock! - by Magdalena Ball
  • Book Review - by Angie Mohr
  • Poetry by: J.J. Steinfeld, ikechukwu ajah, Davide Trame, Karen Corfield, Humberta Aroujo, Allen Dowran, Kevin Taylor, David Birmingham, Sharran Windwalker, Brent Robillard
  • Poets' Marketplace
  • Rhyming contest winner: Brian Cobbledick
  • Poetry, art, photography, and culture
  • Photography by John Thompson
  • Cover page by Ivy Bigbee

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  • NEW! CFP members call for CCLA Anthology

    Artists for a Better World
    October 4-8th, 2006
    Hollywood, California
    Look for the launch of Spirit of Humanity and a full week of art expression and appreciation.
    To find out more and plan your attendance check out Artists for a Better World Festival

    Ken Munro, CFP Member, Bedford, NS
    "I have only been a CFP member for a few weeks, but in that time, Tracy took the time to check out my website, see what I did, and then asked me to write an article for Poetry Canada magazine about podcasting.

    When I joined, I had no idea that I would get published so quickly, and become an active part of such a great organization. She takes a look at her members strengths, and helps you to appreciate and identify where you can help promote yourself and your writing.

    In addition, I am also a featured poet at the launch of the new Halifax Federation of Poets. All this has helped to advance my poetry career, much to my surprise and delight.

    Thank-you very much."


    This is a great opportunity to help the CFP, help yourself, gain a great skill for your CV/Bio, and in return I will offer promotional freebies of your skills, your work, your events and/or your products. See the volunteers section for complete details.

    Youth Division Director:
    This person 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. Anyone who currently works with kids aged 6-15 would do well in this position.

    Contact Tracy Repchuk to apply or find out more!

    Check out all of the available volunteer positions and pick one that is just right for you.


    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

    The chill of October, and the sights and sounds of fall, with an splash of orange at every turn. I love the look of this season, I just wish it came with a 75 degree temperature. I am in Atlanta right now, and off to Los Angeles on Thursday to participate in the Artists for a Better World Festival in Hollywood, CA. There is still time to come and experience one of the best festivals I have been to for artists and writers.

    I'm not back until the 12th, so response times will be slow. However, I will be announcing our next members only anthology soon so you can start to limber up your poetic flair and start to think about things such as the environment, mother earth, the planet, and how we can preserve and protect it. We know it's in the crapper - now I need you guys to figure out what we can do about it!

    If you're not already a member, it is a great time to join the CFP and be eligible for our next anthology. Our first anthology, The Future Looks Bright, had our highest grossing sales in InnerSurf history, was ordered in large quantities into the library system, and is completely SOLD OUT!

    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


    It was standing room only, and CFP members, Betty Dobson and Donelda Kent, co-chairs of the Halifax Federation knew how to introduce the poets of Halifax to the CFP and all it has to offer!

    It was attended by the poet laureate and many others. They are currently setting up non-profit status for the Canadian Federation of Poets, and are looking for volunteers in that area to help with the organization and event planning. Contact them for more information about this, and how to get your Federation going.

    Are you ready to start one?
    More Federation tips


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  • Thursday October 19th, 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 October 31st, 2006 - 7pm
    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 October 21st, 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.

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


  • CFP member, Deborah Kelly has taken on the position of the North Vancouver Federation of Poets Chapter Chair. She brings years of experience as a poet, and tons of enthusiasm. Just from reading the last newsletter on How to Start a Federation, she did step #1 - Decided to do it, and the rest just happened. She will be announcing details soon of the location and dates. If you're in that area, feel free to contact Deborah now and let her know. Email:

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