Canadian Federation of Poets Newsletter
Keeping you informed
       October 1st 2007

In This Issue

Welcome New Members

Poetry Canada Highlights

Featured Book

Good Causes

 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:

  • David Nichols, Toronto, ON
  • Brian Cobbledick, Regina, SK
    Erika Foley - Wainwright, AB
  • Madeleine Grant - Saskatoon, SK
  • Glenda Walker-Hobbs, Flin Flon, MB
  • Ruth Nott, Chiefland, FL
  • Bernard Pelletier, Laval, QC
  • Boris Kuvshinoff - Baltimore, MD
  • Alexis Drewicki, Valleyview, AB
  • Michael Ugulini, Toronto, ON

  • Cameron Dix - Etobicoke, ON
  • Debbie Auchterlonie - Beaverton, ON
  • Giorgio Julian Manna - Toronto. ON
  • Mauro Cappa - Toronto. ON
  • Charlie Galan - Nanaimo, BC
  • Sally Kraus - Boston, MA

  • 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 Josie Di Sciascio-Andrews


    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.

  • TOPS Aborealis Prize for Poetry;
       Deadline: September 30, 2007



    Stella Ducker, CFP Chair of the Durham Region, is hosting a festival on Sept 22, 2007.  Get more details from:
  • Stellar Literary Festival

    Saturday October 13th, 2007 from 10am-12pm in Hollywood, CA.

    If you live in the area, or are looking for a fantastic excuse to have a vacation in Hollywood, California, I would love to have you as a featured poet, and promote you along with the event.

    Contact Me to Find Out More and get featured!

    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


    Ruth Y. Nott terms her first book "inspirational poetry", 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


    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


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

    September is here and it's time to hit the poetry pavement running!

    I don't know if it's the long term habit of having a summer break as a kid, but there is something about when September hits, it's time to start completing tasks and ramping up for the next quarter of production (that comes from my business background - but it works great for my writing).

    I am once again at a show for the beginning of September, and am featured on their site even as a World Internet Marketing Success, then I'll be speaking on the 19th, and am part of a book launch where my "Quantum Leap" Affirmations are being included.

    My book "31 Days to Millionaire Marketing Miracles" was picked up by a New York publisher (dream come true), but get this, I'm going to to continue to self-publish because of the value of foreign rights for me.  So never underestimate the power of self publishing.

    I am getting my plans in place for the next 90 days, and it might be a good thing for you to do too.  Perhaps you should attend a poetry event, send 5 poems out, whatever it is, now is a great time to plan, and work it.

    Remember The call is now 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


                   GOOD CAUSES

    When you have as much as North Americans in particular do, I think it's always good to focus some of your effort, or time, or even money on a cause that is important to you. 

    Here is a profile of 2 causes being undertaken.

    From Sept. 13-16th, I am involved with a group that is attempting to raise $110,000 for a non-profit organization that teaches third-world people how to change their lives for the better.  Not a hand out, but teaching.  I'm not asking for a donation, just that you  have a look at what it is all about. You will be redirected to a video. 
                  IM Against Poverty, Are You?

    Congratulations to CFP Poet, Nikhil Parekh, who has been selected as a Good Will Ambassador for world peace with the "Good Will Treaty" that he is encouraging everyone participate in. 

    Simply go to the Good Will Treaty site and add your name for the promotion of a better planet, greater peace, love, compassion and togetherness.
    Conceptualized by Internationally famed poet, Bryant McGill, it is the perfect way to support a good cause.

    Sign the
    Good Will Treaty


        CFP MEMBERSHIP      

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

                    JOIN TODAY! 


    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.



  • Tuesday September 4th, 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 September 20h, 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 September 12th, 2007 - 7pm
    Halifax Federation of Poets
    Mollyz Diner
    2104 Gottingen Street, Halifax, NS
    Every third Wednesday of each month
    contact Donelda Kent

    Thursday September 27th, 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.

    George Arnold -

    *. Produced the chapbook "Spirit of Youth Anthology" on behalf of the CFP for the winners  of the CFP Youth Halton Poetry Contest
    . Get winners published in the Oakville Arts About Town magazine
    * Serves as a CFP Board Representative on the Board of Directors for the Oakville Arts Council

    Deborah L Kelly -

    *. Will be appearing as a Featured poet at the 2007 AfrikaDey Celebrations.
    * Featured poet on World Poetry Reading series
    * Awarded 2007 Volunteer of the Year award with World Poetry for the furtherance of poetry recognition.
    * Volunteered at the Vancouver Summer Dream Festival assisting kids to create poetry and present

    Stella and Graham Ducker-

    * Stella Ducker, CFP Chair for Durham Region, appeared along with CFP member and husband Graham on local TV to promote a poetry festival she is producing called the "Stellar Literary Festival"
    (More details under Festival Announcements)

    I am particularly proud of Deborah, Stella, Graham, and George as they are all advancing poetry as an art and getting it the recognition it deserves, completely in alignment with the mission of the CFP and often on behalf of the CFP.  If you are too... Let me know.

    Betty Dobson -

    * Featured presenter at the recent Women's Writing & Publishing Summit presented by the Women's eCommerce Association
    * New Editor of Poetry Canada magazine

    Diego Bastianutti -

    * Book "For a Fistful of Soil" received a great review in an Italian magazine called Quaderni d'italianistica
    * Winner of 2nd prize and a $200 purse in a National Canadian literary contest "Settimana Italiana 2007" in the category of short story
    * Invited to collaberate with a quartet of four successful Italian novelists on their latest novel Manituana. 

    Norma West Linder -

    * Featured reader at the Ontario Poetry Society's launch of "Butterfly Thunder"
    * Won an honourable mention in the contest "Toward the Light"

    Christina Cowling -

    * Received an honourable mention for her poem "Breaker of Hearts and Bones" in the 9th International Mattia Poetry Contest

    Lorna Knox -

    * Her book "Flames of a Rose" is now widely available in WHSmith Books, and she is now receiving royalty cheques from her publisher.  (This is no surprise to me, as Lorna is a consistent advertiser in ALL CFP and Poetry Canada options)

    David Fraser -

    * New book released called "Running Down the Wind" being launched Oct. 19th in Victoria, BC
    * Ascent Aspirations Magazine Anthology Four will be available this fall.  Dave is the publisher.

    * David's "Wordstorm", Nanaimo's monthly open mic series, starts Sept. 27th at the Bombay Lounge

    Raymond Fenech -

    * Graduated Flamal College with thesis "The Ghost Trail of York" and will soon be published in the "International Directory of the Most Haunted" by Penguin Books
    * Appearing in a CCLA members anthology

    Canadian Federation of Poets


    PS.  A few people got an email from me about a Joint Venture opportunity.  I am very sorry, it was discovered there was a bug in the mailing list software I am using, and instead of using the list I activated, it sent to the CFP list - because I had sent an email 'Asking members for News' - for this newsletter, just prior.  As soon as I saw it was sending to the wrong list, I hit stop, but it sends at 250 names per second, so it may have been in vain.  I have reported the bug to the company, and they are working to fix it.  Thanks for your understanding.