Canadian Federation of Poets Newsletter
Keeping you informed September 21st, 2006

In This Issue

Welcome New Members

Thinking of Starting a Federation?

Books that Make it Happen

Halifax Launch a Big One

Feature Book Announce

Poetry Canada Blowout Sale

CFP Events

Members in the News

Contests & Calls

Fundraising Results


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
  • Ken Munro - Bedford, NS
  • 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

  • Lois Nantais
  • Raymond Fenech
  • Carol A. Stephen
  • Ljerka Susanna Lukic

    Check out this months feature poet Norma West Linder.


    Poetry Canada magazine

    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.

  • NEW! CFP members call for CCLA Anthology

    Alexander Popoff Youth contest - 17 and under
    Submission Fee: Free
    Deadline: November 15, 2006

    First Prize: $100 (US Dollars).
    Poems must relate to human rights. Familiarity with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is recommended. Submissions may be sent in the body of an email, along with name, age, address, email address, and a brief bio. Send submissions to Find out more at:

    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

    Special thanks to everyone who answered the call.

    My brother's team won, not for speed, but for the MOST funds raised by a team, at over $6800. The money will be going to a very good cause and will make a difference in getting direct aid, rehab counselling, peer support, and transportation.


    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

    This new season is off to a fantastic start with an almost full volunteer roster, and a Halifax Federation launch that is unprecedented in our history. Fantastic members are coming together to really help to make our mission a reality: To unite people and organizations from around the world in the global promotion of poets and poetry. There are still a few more volunteer positions open, and many hands make light work. I have had members offer to double-up on positions, but I'd rather see a few more of you answer your call to bring back poetry, and keep the CFP growing.

    It is the perfect time to join the CFP and become a member of this vibrant and growing organization. Check out the benefits and join today. A free subscription to Poetry Canada magazine and over 20 other benefits, to help you really get your money's worth including a full year of exciting contests, events and publishing opportunities.

    Tracy Lynn Repchuk
    President and Founder of the Canadian Federation of Poets


    I'm not sure what shifted in the universe, but I just had the greatest couple of weeks by getting the same question from many people. Sheepishly they ask, "What does it take to start a Federation in our area?" That is music to my ears. So after I typed it up for the 2nd time, I created an autoresponder, and then I thought, let's tell everyone what it takes, and see if anyone else can see how easy it is to do.

    The steps to starting are easy:
    1. Decide to do it, and then visit coffee shops in your area (or another type of business), and check them out. Check it for noise level, central location, parking.
    2. If you like it, ask them if you could run a poetry group from there. (They always want things like that. It keeps the place active, and generates sales for them.) The key to this is to make sure they have a microphone or PA system you can use.
    3. Pick a date once a month that suits your schedule. ie. Every 2nd Wednesday at 7:00pm.
    4. Decide on the first meeting, and create a flyer that can be posted in the location. Coloured paper works best.
    5. Let me know so I can announce it, promote it, and get you registered poets in your area. Then also send everything to Betty Dobson the Calendar Coordinator so she can post it.
    6. See if you can get a free announcement in the local newspapers. I can get the contacts if you need help.
    7. Contact a couple of friends, even if they're not poets to join you on your first event. They can either help out at the event by welcoming new attendees and getting them to sign up for an open mic, or sit with you and enjoy the evening anyway if nobody shows.
    8. For a Federation launch, contact the Halifax Federation. They know how to hit the pavement running!!! I'm sure they would love to share their story with you. (Betty Dobson and Donelda Kent)
    9. Bring paper, clipboard, couple of pens (you always lose one), and if you have some books or other neat little gift-like items that you're not using, have a raffle, or give a free door prize.
    10. Use one of the tables there to display books for sale from attendees. Provides an opportunity for poets to make money, sign books, be appreciated, and enjoy the atmosphere.
    11. HAVE FUN! This is what it's all about. Getting together with like-minded people, sharing your work, helping and encouraging each other, and if a few others drop in for coffee and get treated to poetry, all the better!

    Now isn't that easy! More Federation tips
    Plus, if you're thinking about it, let me know!


    Are you ready to take your poetry to the next level? The Canadian Federation of Poets has put together a list of the top books out there, that will help you do this. How to get published, markets, contests, how to make a living as a poet, information that you can use to increase your exposure.

    How to Publish Your Poetry: A Complete Guide...
    by Helene Ciaravino
    101 Ways to Make Poems Sell: The Salt Guide...
    by Chris Hamilton-Emery
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    Check out our NEW Feature Store

    Feature Book Announce

    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 26th will never be the same as the Halifax Federation opens its doors in style.

    Starting with Lorri Neilsen Glenn, the poet-laurete for Nova Scotia as the opening dignitary, and as the representative of the Mayor of Halifax's office.

    Next up, is a standing room only packed venue, with more RSVPs than the room can handle. If you want to attend, get there early or you may be watching from outside the windows.

    Betty Dobson and Donelda Kent have put together this event with such professionalism and panache, that I am thrilled to have them as part of my team, and as part of my vision to get poetry back into the mainstream, and poets as the leaders and visionaries of society. If we write it, it will be so.

    See the details below for place and times.


  • Thursday September 21st, 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 September 26th, 2006 - 7pm
    CFP Halifax Nova Scotia
    Contact: Betty Dobson or Donelda Kent
    at: Mollyz Diner, 2104 Gottingen Street, Halifax.

    There could be print, radio and TV coverage, so be ready when this group gets out the gate, because they are ready to make poetry happen in Halifax!

    Guest speakers, performers, raffles, door prizes and much more. Plus an open mic event where poets and performers can get together and share both poetry and short stories.


  • Sunday September 24th, 2006 - 2-4:30pm

    Contact: Richard Vallance

    Location: Royal Oak II (map), downstairs, 161 Laurier East,
    between Cumberland and King Edward, Sandy Hill
    Admission: Free

    The Ottawa Federation will be combining efforts with the Sasquatch Literary Performance Series, Canada's longest standing poetry Café. Sasquatch is proud to promote the Canadian Federation of Poets in Ottawa, and will be working in close co-operation with us.

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

  • CFP Member, Stephen Gill, has been appointed by the editorial board of the Christian Alliance magazine as a member of the editorial team. Its publisher and editor-in-chief Mr. Richard M. Onyebuwa says in his letter that the appointment is “due to his wealth of experience, record of achievements and evidence of positive impact as a prolific writer.” He adds, “We are highly honoured to have him as part of our editorial team and as such, we are looking forward to greater success in the future.” Christian Alliance magazine is a publication of Kingdom Star Communications, based in Lagos, Nigeria.

  • CFP member, Donelda Kent has volunteered to be the CFP Membership Assistant. She will be contacting expired members and reminding them it is time to renew. Sometimes email is unreliable, and members don't even know they are no longer involved. This will help to ensure that everyone who wants to remain a part of the CFP Family, doesn't get left behind by technology. Thanks Donelda!

  • CFP member, Richard Vallance has taken on the position of the Ottawa Federation of Poets Chapter Chair. He brings his years of experience as a poet, and as the creator of two amazing print journals called Sonnetto Poesia and Canadian Zen Haiku. Members are encouraged to check these out, and submit to them. You can find out more about upcoming events by visiting the Ottawa Federation of Poets webpage.

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