Federation of Poets Newsletter
Keeping you informed about poetry
     April 2011
In This Issue

Welcome New Members


 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:


Tonia Kalouria - Lorain Ohio USA

Beth Skala - Nanaimo, BC

Shirley I Osborn - Los Angeles, CA
Aline Soules - Danville, CA, USA
Kerry Lynn Parsons - Lakefield, ON

Marc Mullo - Thunder Bay, ON
Dannabang Kuwabong - Hamilton, ON

Carol J Ogden - Vancouver, BC
Lois MacDonald - Whitby, ON

Michael Dyet - Brampton, ON

  • David MacLean - North Van, BC
  • Marilyn Edwards - Langley, BC
  • Darla Fisher-Odjig - Acton, ON
  • Raymond Miot - Verdun, QC
  • Michael Morris - Burnaby, BC 

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

     Renewed Members:
  • Gopal Baghel

  • Mary Anne Lonergan
  • Suzanne Hunter
  • Krow Fischer
  • Paul Hartal
  • Mary Anne Lonergan
  • Josie Di Sciascio-Andrews 
  • John Jansen de wal
  • Renée Von Paschen
  • Maurus Cappa
  • Krow Fischer
  • David Brydges
  • Michael Cotterell
  • Judith Black
  • Najah Shuqair
  • Marlene Laplante
  • Neil Harding MacAlistair



    Hey everyone. If you are a CFP Member we would like to post your poem on the Federation of Poets blog. One poem per member per month. A maximum of one poem will be posted per day.

    Here's what you do:
    Step 1 -
    Send an email to:

    Step 2 - In the email body - have your poem with the title exactly how you want it to appear.

    We will then post it, and share it with the world.

    Poetry Canada Back Issues are available, once they're gone that's it.


    Here is the link to any that are left.


    Poetry Canada Archives



    SEEKING Writers -
    Stephen Gill is seeking writers for An Anthology entitled:
    Critical Responses to Stephen Gill.
    Deadline is July 15, 2011
    Each contributor will receive a complimentary copy.


    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.

    The 2011 Griffin Poetry Prize
    Canadian and International
    will be making the Shortlist Announcement on Tuesday April 5th at Le Select Bistro
    432 Wellington Street W
    Toronto, ON

  • 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:



    Maurus Cappa is the NEW Calendar Coordinator!
    Email him at:

    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.   


    Over 20 benefits including a great community of friends.







    For only $35 for an entire year, your news can appear here, on our blog, your items can be added to our CFP Shop, and there are tons of promotion opportunities. Go here to find out more:

    That's exposure to over 3500 subscribers.




    With every CFP Renewal - you get a free ad right here.
    You can promote your book, CD, service or website. It's a $25 value.

    Email: tracy@federationofpoets.com

    Canadian Federation of Poets

    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 2011 -



    Oprah Magazine is promoting April as POETRY Month. This could be the greatest marketing leverage of all time. What she says - becomes LAW. NOW is the time to promote yourself, poetry and the beauty of this medium (not to mention when you create empowering poetry you assist the healing of the planet)

    Even Maria Shriver collaberated on Oprah's FIRST EVER POETRY ISSUE.


    We have lots of activity happening with local Federations so be sure to check the calendar for dates and times, or get in touch with local groups.

    Reminder If you haven't already registered to pay via paypal - it is time to renew/join using this method so you can continue to be a part of a great organization



    Enjoy the month and keep on creating  :)

    Tracy Repchuk
    President and Founder of the Canadian Federation of Poets


       Join the Canadian Federation of Poets
                  Because Now You're Family!



             The Power of Social Media

    Facebook is a social networking website that allows you to create a user profile, a fan page, post your events, communicate to others, instant chat with online friends, leave text messages, create a community of like-minded people, and promote your stuff – ALL FOR FREE.

    Here is my page – www.FaceBook.com/TracyRepchuk

    Go there, and start your own FaceBook page.

    Click on the Green Sign Up button.

    Add your photo – this is the first thing you want to do.

    You can easily customize the page, and getting friends is as easy as requesting them.

    You can post comments on other people’s pages, bringing attention to yourself immediately.

    You can upload photos and videos

    Facebook has more than 250 million active users (and among those are a lot of poets),

    And the fastest growing demographic is over age 35.

    More than 1 billion pieces of content are shared every week

    More than 2.5 million events (lets get some poetry ones in there) are created every month

    More than 120 million visitors every day

    This is an environment just waiting for you – and creating your page is as easy as following their instructions.

    So let’s go poets – and create your FaceBook page and start promoting your Poetry, poetry organizations, connecting – let’s get together and do this!



    Are you a CFP member and write articles? 


    Send them in too. They can be considered for this newsletter or posted to the CFP blogl. 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.


    "PROMOTE YOUR BOOK in this newsletter
     Stays online for years.


  • Oakville Federation
    Timothy's World Coffee
    321 Lakeshore Rd. E, Oakville, ON
    Contact: Saskia Maddock

    Open mic event for all members, non members and Federation Affiliate members to participate in.
  • Third 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
    Contact: Cheryl Xavier
    Admission: Free


    The Toronto Bayview Chapter

    5791 Yonge St. (short walk from Finch Subway Station)

    Held in the Conference Room of the Condo Building

    Free Parking at Newtonbrook Plaza.

    Come and read your poetry or short story or have it critiqued.

    Contact: Maria Pia Marchelletta

    The Albanian Writers Federation
    222 Lansdowne Ave. Toronto, ON
    10am - noon
    Find out more:
    Albanian Writers Federation

    Halifax Federation of Poets
    Mollyz Diner
    2104 Gottingen Street, Halifax, NS
    Every third Wednesday of each month
    Contact: Donelda Kent
    at doneldak@federationofpoets.com

    Last Thursday of Every Month - 7pm

    Language Federations

    Flavia Cosma the Language Federations Coordinator

    If you would like to start a Federation in your own language - contact Flavia
    Find out more.

  • Durham Region Federation of Poets
    contact Stella Ducker at StellaCD@federationofpoets.com

  • Italo-Canadian Federation of Poets
    contact Maria Pia Marchelletta at
  • www.FederationofPoets.com/Italian.html
  • Calgary, Alberta Federation of Poets
    contact Wei Yin at: weiyin@federationofpoets.com

  •  India Federation of Poets

    contact Nikhil Parekh at: nikhilp@federationofpoets.com


    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 -

    * Spoke in Fort Lauderdale at Women's Event luncheon and my own Power of 3 event
    * Speaking in Boston at my own event
    * Speaking in Scottsdale, Arizona at own event
    * Speaking in Denver at own event
    * Speaking in Clearwater Florida at own event and large convention as a keynote speaker
  • Renee Von Paschen
    A collection of her poetry has just been published in Metamorphoses Journal
    See her work at www.art-translation.net


    Graham Ducker-
    The poem A Morning Revelation and story: The Old Timer were pubilshed in Anthology: From the Cottage Porch by Sunshine in a Jar Press
    * Ascent Aspirations published Graham's poem "Pondering the Frog" in the February 2011 online issue
    * Pondering the Frog was chosen by Chris Banks as a Judges selection in the Saving Bannister Poetry Contest of the Canadian Authors Association, Niagra Branch
    * Canadian Stories Vol. 13 #76 published Graham's humurous story The Prince Charming Association Meeting
    * Runner up with the poem Stitches in the Arborealis Prize for Poetry awarded by the Ontario Poetry Society


    Tony Fernandes-
    Released a book of poems and short stories
    Memories of My Homeland

  • Nikhil Parekh:
  • CFP Members 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 :)