Canadian Federation of Poets Newsletter
Keeping you informed
      April 2009
In This Issue

Welcome New Members

Poetry Canada Last Edition

Featured Anthology Call

 CFP Events

Member News

Contests & Calls

Special Opportunity

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:

  • Mary Anne Lonergan - Newmarket, ON
  • David Franklin - Ottawa, ON
  • Gina Bolton - Redwater, AB
    William J Galvin - Mississauga, ON
  • Ed Roberts - Oklahoma City, OK
  • Leif Norman - Winnipeg, MB
  • Marlene Laplante - London, ON
  • Gregg Rowe - Quebec
  • Jodie Lindley - Ancaster, ON
  • David Cross - Fergus, ON
    Jan Savory - Burlington, ON
    Virginia K Muller - Fort Pierce, FL
  • Saskia Maddock - Oakville, ON
  • Pat Newson - Comox, BC
  • Ron Gildart - Vancouver, BC

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

     Renewed Members:
  • Najah Shuqair
  • Jim Greenwald
  • Rosa Hong Chen
  • Linda Dowd
    Craig LaPlante
  • Renée Von Paschen
    Jean Burbidge
  • Gary Pierluigi
  • Randy Scott Nanchin
  • Nikhil Parekh
  • Lucia Gorea
  • Bonita Summers
  • Alvin Ens
  • Linda Dowd


    The next and last issue of Poetry Canada is  coming shortly.   

    It has the interview with Priscila Uppal - Griffin Poetry Short List finalist. 


    This will the last edition, and I will come up with easier ways to get the word out through article distribution in the newsletter, and teleseminar recordings of interviews you'll find interesting.


    Thanks so much for sharing this part of our poetry journey, for expanding the heritage of Canada and its global presence in the poetry world, and for participating with your submissions.


    It has been an honor to have started Poetry Canada, and created the many editions over the years.


    Back issues are available, once they're gone that's it.


    Here is the link to any that are left.


    Poetry Canada Archives



    Check out the current contests:


    Be a part of something big, and volunteer for an anthology. Get promoted by the CFP through this newsletter and get a free Poetry Canada ad.

    CALLING All Artists -

    How would you like your art on the cover of our anthologies? Credit and 2 free copies plus get free promoted. 

    Send a .jpg or .gif for review - even better is if you have a link to a gallery.

  • 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:


    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


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




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    We are always looking for help, if you would like to join our volunteer team, go here and check out our list of positions.

    Become a CFP Volunteer

    April is my favourite month because not only is it my birthday, and Easter and other religious holidays but it is also POETRY MONTH!

    Now I don't know if it is the explosion of social media, but right now, poetry is everywhere. In fact, if I was to recommend a way to promote a book right now, or event, it is through social media methods. Even Griffin Poetry has a twitter account.

    I encourage you to investigate these options, especially last months' Twitter lesson. I am off to the UK in April and working on my own seminar here in LA in May.

    Enjoy the month and keep on creating a better world :)
         Join the Canadian Federation of Poets
                       Because Now You're Family!

                        LAST CHANCE FOR SOME 
    The call is open for 7 anthologies. 
                              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




                    JOIN TODAY! 



    Enter them ALL!
    The call is open for 7 anthologies. 
           The Poetry of (TM) ....
       World-wide Call

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    SEASONS - Closed
    BIRTH - Closed and in production


    Are you a CFP member and write articles?  Send them in too. They can be considered for this newsletter as well. That is free publicity and promotion whether you are a poet, editor or publicist. The articles should be how to, tips and tricks, getting published type. Anything that helps a poet take their craft to the next level.

                   CFP RENEWALS

    A reminder that for many of you it is time to renew.  Your membership card and we have moved to an automated process once you



    McColl's Gates: The Covehill Ladies    
    McColl's Gates
    by Mary Ann Lonergan

    McColl's Gates is the first of the four series of each of the Covehill Ladies lives and their adventures. Jennifer Anne McColl was a young orphan, at the tender age of 8 years old, her grandfather put her into Covehill Boarding School. It was there that she met three friends, forming a close, and long lasting friendship.

    Each of the four girls graduated Covehill and all went their separate ways to begin their adventure. Read how Jennifer became an instant millionaire, falling in love with her wild Irish neighbour Robert, whose brother has connections with the Irish mafia. With Robert sitting somewhere in jail, who will save Jennifer from a black bear attack? Follow the Covehill Ladies as each of their lives begin to unfold in this world of love, adventure, and mystery. 

    • Paperback: 268 pages
    • ISBN-13: 978-1434330505
      Order from

    Book this spot - Only $15 includes online feature too


  • Third Thursday of Every Month - 7pm
    Oakville Federation
    Timothy's World Coffee
    321 Lakeshore Rd. E, Oakville, ON
    Contact: George Arnold

    Open mic event for all members, non members and Federation Affiliate members to participate in.
  • Third Wednesday of Every Month - 7pm
    Halifax Federation of Poets
    Mollyz Diner
    2104 Gottingen Street, Halifax, NS
    Every third Wednesday of each month
    Contact: Donelda Kent

    Last Thursday of Every Month - 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.

    Federation Peel Region (Brampton/Mississauga)
    Last Friday of every month starting at 6:00p.m. at the

    Courtneypark Library Branch (upper lounge reading area) at Mavis and the 401, Mississauga. ON
    730 Courtneypark Dr. W

    Peel Region Federation
    Contact: Cheryl Xavier
    Admission: Free

  • 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

  •        CFP MEMBER NEWS

    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 -

    * April 22-29th Appearing at UK Internet Marketing Show
    * May 16-17 - Appearing at Dreams to Reality Success Summit

    Nikhil Parekh -
    * is amazing ! The World's largest document website and now truly labeled as the of documents. By God's grace, my Poems and Poetry Books- recently awarded "FEATURED" and making into HOTLIST here-- have now had close to 100000 downloads and viewership pproaching a 200000 viewers/ increasing. 
    For more details visit my prime pages  by clicking on - (Collected Poems) (Main Scribd Page) (Poetry Collections) (Poetry Books)

    Stephen Gill -

    * Stephen Gill is pleased to share that 11CM International Bible College, headquartered in Florida, USA, has honored him with  DOCTOR OF HUMANITIES  “for serving the cause of peace through his writings, particularly Poetry.”

    * Stephen Gill is pleased also to share that South Asian Bible Church of Canada has honored him with LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD  “in recognition of outstanding achievements as a poet of peace” at its Eleventh International Symposium of Poets, held in Toronto on March 28th 2009. He presented  his poetry at the same gathering.

    Bernice Lever -

    * Bernice was awarded a Life Membership in The Ontario Poetry Society.
    * In March, I led "Writing: a Successful Business" for the North Shore Writers,
    * In April, I have a workshop for the World Poetry Society, "Be Your Own Editor" . Both had a focus on practical skills and information all creative writers need.
    * In February, took part in 3 different reading series and had 3 poems: "Snow Day", "Privates" and "Best Day", accepted for publication.
    * Helped judge 2 literary contests as well as my freelance editing for all genres, except film /stage scripts.
    * My 2009 book, my 4th with Black Moss Press, "Generation", is now in production

    Send me your news-
    CFP Member ONLY
    Send me your news, it must be in point form, but more importantly it must have the subject line CFP news
    (I get over 1000 emails every day, so I have to be able to search by that subject line to put them in here :)