Canadian Federation of Poets Newsletter
Keeping you informed
     August 2008
In This Issue

Welcome New Members

Poetry Canada Shipping

Agent Scam Warning

Featured Anthology Call

 CFP Events

CFP Renewal Changes

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:

  • Virgnia K Muller - Fort Pierce, FL
  • Saskia Maddock - Oakville, ON
  • Pat Newson - Comox, BC
  • Ron Gildart - Vancouver, BC
  • Bernice Lever - Bowen Island, BC
  • Eoin O'Brien - Charlottetown, PEI
  • Janet Reid - Iroquois Falls, ON
  • James Quinn - Mississauga, ON
  • Morgan Balanaser - Oakville, ON
  • Luminita Suse - Gloucester, ON
  • Karen Haffey - Toronto, ON
  • Frederick Mundle - Dalhousie, NB
  • Michael Cotterell - St. Lazare, QC
  • Brian Collinson, Oakville, ON
  • Najah Shuqair - Sarnia, ON
  • Kathryn Shirley - London, ON
  • Kathi Truscott - Windsor, ON
  • Karen Shivley - Mt. Prospect, IL
  • Oneal Walters - Etobicoke, ON

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

  • Linda Dowd
  • Graham Ducker
  • Raymond Fenech
  • Glenda Walker-Hobbs
  • Elaine Traviss
  • Stella Ducker
  • Lorna J Knox
  • Josephine Stone
  • Deanna More
  • Tony Tremblett
  • Amir Hasham



    The next issue of Poetry Canada is  completed and shipped.  If you didn't get a copy, you may need to renew. 

    Look for it soon. This editions interview is with John Wing Jr. poet and comedian who has appeared on the Tonight Show six times with Johnny Carson and Jay Leno, plus had 3 CBC productions of his own and a full radio series. You'll find out his journey from Canada to Los Angeles and what that has meant to his career and advice he has for others.

    Poets Featured include:

       * Carrie Siemens - Canada
       * Janet Reid - Canada
       * Katie Murphy - Canada
       * Jonathon Greenhause - USA
       * Denise Asuncion - Canada
       * Alan Morrison - Australia
       * Eoin O'Brien - Canada
       * Louisa Howerow - Canada
       * Changming Yuan - Canada

    Rhyming Contest Winner:
       * Debbie Ouellet - Canada

    Book Review - by Gary Phaup

    Interview with John Wing Jr.
       by Tracy Repchuk

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    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.

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    How would you like your name in one of our anthologies? Credit and 2 free copies plus get promoted. 

    The template will be provided, add a graphic, text, your creativity.

    CALLING a book layout volunteer:
    How would you like your name in one of our anthologies? Credit and 2 free copies plus get promoted.

    Let me know ASAP - we are seeking right now for the Poetry of Love and The Poetry of Seasons. Books will also appear on with your credit listing.
  • Rhyming Poetry; where the winner of each will appear in Poetry Canada magazine and get a free copy! Call now open.

  • Stellar Literary Festival is on once again and our own CFP member and founder Stella Ducker is looking for CFP members to participate. Find out more at:
    Event to be held Sat. Sept. 27th.

  • The 8th annual ArtFest 2008 held in Hollywood, CA is going to be held on Oct. 11th and 12th.  Poetry reading is Oct. 11th, but you can buy a full week-end pass. If you wish to be a featured reader there are a few spots left. Let me know ASAP. 

  • 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:


    I love it when CFP members and poets are doing well, getting published, getting recognition and getting the attention you deserve.

    However, as one of the features of being a member, we will also help to ensure that people that contact you are legitimate in the industry, and can deliver what they promise.

    One of the members was approached to sign with an agent, checked with us, and they turned out not to be legitimate. In case there are others out there who have not contacted us for help - I wanted to provide you with a list of the top 20 agent scams on right now for your safety.

    Top 20 Agent Scams You Need to Know


    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.




    Canadian Federation of Poets
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    Burlington, ON L7P 1G5

    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

    The heart of summer - my favourite time of the year.

    This is when vacations are in full swing, observations are at their peak, and inspirations run wild.

    Whether you are observing from a cottage porch or a theme park ride, you are in the unique position to share what you see in a way that no one else can.

    Poetry is one of the most expressive forms of communication, so do it, and do it often.

    As you'll see from this months members news - CFP Poets ROCK!

                Join the Canadian Federation of Poets
                            It's money well spent!

                        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



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

    - Listing on the CFP website produces Google and Yahoo page one search results for the poet. This makes it easier to get the attention you and your books deserve.

    - Poetry Canada magazine right to your door




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

    LOVE - Closed
    SEASONS - Closed


    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.


    AFABW Call for Poetry

    Artists for a Better World

    A Better World Poetry Call

    Artists For A Better World International has announced its 2008 "Call for Poetry" to global poets for potential inclusion in the third AFABW poetry compilation book.

    Poets may submit up to three (3) of their poems, for no cost, and poets whose works are selected for inclusion in the book will be given full credit as well as additional AFABW promotion. Poets may submit their work via the AFABW website and will receive an upgraded AFABW "Premier" membership ($75.00 value) at no cost.


    Starting April 1st, the CFP went to an automated payment plan using

    Now before anyone panics, I want to assure you of a few things.

    1. It is safe and secure.

    2. It accepts any credit card, making it easy to track it as a deduction if you have a business attached to your work (which you should)

    3. It prevents us from not properly notifying you, and your membership getting dropped.

    4. Because we allow you to join any day, of any month, and track it from there for a period of one year, this was getting complicated with our growth, and the fact that our accounting and membership locations are in different countries. This movement to the internet allows all parties to access the necessary accounting records - helping us once again to prevent missed renewals, easy registration of new memberships and notifications of renewal. Our time is much better spent on advancing poetry rather than administration.

    5. Our guarantee to you is that if you are ever billed on your renewal date, and decide that you no longer wish to continue - your money will be refunded in full. It will never cost you to participate in our automated program.

    I thank you in advance for being a member, continuing to be a member, and for understanding that as an organization that runs on volunteers, the more we can simplify manual tasks, the more time we can focus on poetry and publishing efforts.

    And as a further benefit, you will also be guaranteed price protection in that the price you enroll at, for as long as you are a member. will be the price you pay, even if the CFP membership prices increase (which at some point they will)

    If you did not receive Poetry Canada you have probably expired. The email integrity is diminished to where many emails I send from my laptop, or you possibly send to me
    are not arriving.

    Book this spot - Only $15 includes online feature too


    Contact Chair for Summer Schedules
  • 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 Saturday of every month starting at 2 p.m. at the Heritage Glen Residences,
    6515 Glen Erin Dr., Mississauga.
    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 -

    * Appearing live on stage August 15-17th at Focus 2008 Internet Marketing event in Washington, DC. Come see me - they have amazing museums and tons of sight seeing. Focus Marketing 2008.
    * Appeared in the Sept.-Dec TOPS Verse Afire

    Nikhil Parekh -
    * Applying for his 4th Limca World Record

    Patricia A. McGoldrick -
    * Poem entitled "Irish Wake" was published in Irish American Post, 2008—v.8 #1, Winter Spring edition;
    Poem entitled
    "Summer Night on the Farm", published in the Ontario Poetry Society's Verse Afire v.4 #2 , 2008 

    David Fraser -
    Will be included in Rocksalt, the first anthology of contemporary BC poetry in 31 years featuring 108 contemporary British Columbia poets.

    * Published in Ditch 2008, Voices of Israel Print Anthology 2008, Ygdrasil Feb. 2008, A Little Poetry Feb. 2008, Manniquin Envy April 2008, Voices of Israel Online June 08, and will be published in Autumn Leaf Nov. 2008 and Long Short Story Sept. 2008.
    * In March, 2008 David attended a retreat with poets, Patrick Lane and Wendy Morton and will be included in a future chapbook being launched at the Black Stilt Cafe, Victoria, BC in the fall.

    George Arnold -
    Just launched his second book Meanderings. Contact George for your copy.

    Stella and Graham Ducker -
    Founders of the Stellar Literary Festival to be held in September invite you to join in the festivities by attending or send in your greetings if you are unable be there to
    and they may be read during the CFP Group readings lead by George Arnold, CFP National Coordinator
    Graham and Stella Ducker, are attending The Second Annual Al Purdy Fest 2008.  The are honored to be a part of the reading program on Sunday. 
    * Graham and Stella Ducker will be attending the 2nd Annual Canada Cuba Literary Alliance Art & Lit Fest August 23. Stella as the Durham Region Chair will have CFP info to hand out. 

    Trish Shields -
    * Published in Moonset Newspaper, through Natal*Light Press, poetry, Spring Journal newspaper
    * Modern English Tanka, poetry, Spring Journal, Volume 2, Number 3, ISSN:  1930-8132
    * Modern English Tanka, poetry, Summer Journal, Vol 2, Number 4, ISSN:  1932-9083
    * Blue Collar Lesbian Erotica, Yellow Rose Books, short story, ISBN: 978-1-935053-01-9
    * Received a Sakura Award for haiku submitted to the Vancouver Cherry Blossom festival

    Mel Sarnese -
    Feature poet at Clinton's Art Bar Series in Toronto on June 24th

    Josie Di Sciascio-Andrews-
    Featured poet at Art Bar in Toronto on Oct. 14th, 2008
    My poetry collection "The Whispers of Stones" is being published by the Ontario Poetry Society/ Beret Days Press in August, 2008

    Graham Ducker -
    Stella and Graham were invited to go to the International WEFLA - - conference in Cuba - April 23 to 25 - where I discussed - from my book Don't Wake The Teacher! - how I used the environment to develop language in a culturally diverse classroom. At the same conference I presented copies of my poetry book, Observations Of Heart And Mind to the University of Holguin 
    also have a poem in C.C.L.A. The Ambassador, Vol. 006.   

    Cheryl Xavier
    News item appeared in Mississauga News:

    * Read poems at International Goan Convention in Mississauga on July 24th.
    Curated one hour Poet's Hour at the Masala! Mehndi! Masti! South Asian festival in Toronto's Exhibition Place on the 27th July.

    Ruth E. Walker

    * won 3rd place in this year's Banff/Bliss Carman Poetry Award, sponsored by by the literary journal, "Prairie Fire"
    * has poetry coming in the next issue of "Chapman", Scotland's premier literary journal.
    * On November 1 and 2, Ruth is one of three workshop facilitators through Writescape a 2-day all-inclusive writers' retreat on the quiet shores of Kempenfelt Bay, Innnisfil, Ontario. See for details.