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

Welcome New Members

Poetry Canada Last Edition

Cheapest Method of Publishing
Amazon Kindle and ebooks

 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:

  • Marjorie Bruhmeller - Cookshire-Eaton, Quebec 
  • Rena Nauen - Israel
  • Susan Tearoe - Greenwood, BC
  • Caroline Harriet - Ladysmith, BC
  • Martin Hayter - Victoria, BC
  • Aline Soules - Danfield, CA, USA
  • Rena Nauen - Israel
  • Stephanie Hodgins - Miss., ON
  • Tony Hellman - Burlington, ON
  • Beverly Baker - Mount Pearl, NFLD
  • John Jansen - Toronto, ON
    Thomas Hemeon - Stratford, ON
  • Chen ou Liu - Ajax, ON
  • 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

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

     Renewed Members:
  • Joanna Gale
  • Saskia Maddock
  • Linda Dowd
  • Judith Black
  • Tod Gaines
  • Susan Tearoe
  • Michael Cotterell
  • Brian Cobbledick
  • Richard Masterton
  • Stella Ducker
  • Josephine Stone
    Najah Shuqair
  • Jim Greenwald
  • Rosa Hong Chen
  • Craig LaPlante
  • Renée Von Paschen


    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.

    It will contain the Priscila Uppal interview, Spirit Youth Award Winners, Book Review, articles and poetry.


    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:

    The Poetry of Science

    Open call from Neil Harding McAlister

    Free submissions

    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.




    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


    A great organization that is a Federation affiliate is:

    The Emily Isaacson Institute

    Have you checked them out??
  • August - Wow what a great summer so far - at least here in LA. Rumour has it there is a lot of wet going on in Ontario, but that just means more time to curl up with a good poetry book or write some poetry.

    There has been tons of poetry events all over. I hope you have had a chance to either attend some or even better, participate and share your work. Your voice, your message is what is going to help to create a better world.

    Enjoy the month and keep on creating  :)
         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 6 anthologies. 
           The Poetry of (TM) ....
       World-wide Call

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    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


    Cheapest Method of Publishing

    Last month we talked about YouTube as a distribution channel for your poetry. Nikhil Parekh is using that tool to its fullest.

    This month I want to talk about 2 trends that are
    taking the internet by storm - and one of them is fast becoming a mainstream publishing alternative. Now I am not talking about self publishing places such as where you can produce your own book, your way, and keep all of the profits versus a royalty publishing option - I am going to introduce you to Amazon Kindle and ebooks. 

    I'll start with an ebook - which simply is an electronic version or digital version of your book. It is a matter of creating the book as usual in a word processor, and saving it as a PDF, and selling that version.

    For some who cherish the feel of a book and its pages you will think this is ridiculous, but I have made 10 x more on ebook sales, than made of book sale profits. The best part is there is no overhead, no inventory, no shipping, they get the book instantly, they enjoy your work and you make 100% profit.

    I sell my bestseller 31 Days to Millionaire Marketing Miracles on Amazon, and make about $1.20 profit per book. I sell my ebook and make a $47 profit. In fact, I offer a workbook with my ebook, and 80% of the purchasers upgrade to the ebook/workbook combination and with this I make a $97 profit.

    Here is that website if you want to look at the format 31 Days to Millionaire Marketing Miracles

    Now some of you might be thinking – well that’s not publishing. 

    I would have to disagree, as does the world’s largest bookstore and distributor of books, who not only sells ebooks now, but even better – sells your book on a Kindle device – which is an electronic device that can hold hundreds of books.

    Check out this article in Newsweek called
    "The Future of Reading" 

    This device which has taken the publishing industry by storm, and has the largest publishers in the world scrambling to create and modify their line up of books into this format.

    And technically – it is an ebook, that appears on a device you carry – the size of a typical book for those who like to hold something as they read – you can take hundreds of books with you everywhere and always have access to your favourite stories – at the push of a button.

    As a world traveler, I see them on planes all the time. You can read them at the beach. Anywhere -but what is really great for you as a poet and writer – is it’s free to create a kindle version, you can list it on the site like a normal book, and people can take you with them – anytime.

    AND … it’s an accepted form of publishing, otherwise  authors such as Stephen King, Donald Trump, Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje wouldn't be there - and they are!

    AND… you don’t need a fancy publisher to participate.

    Isn't the point of getting published to get your work out there, to share your story, get well known, and making money along the way would totally rock right?  Take a person like Julie Powell who did a blog about Julia Child's cooking - and now it's in a movie called Julie and Julia. Think she might make some money from that, have some influence, get a major book deal - so embrace some of the new technologies because you never know what the future will bring. Take publishing out of the box and just do it.

    A great resource:

    How to Prepare your Book for the Kindle Device

    PROMOTE YOUR BOOK in this newsletter
     Only $15. Stays online for years.


  • 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 -

    * Appeared on Build a Better Network to share my story and internet marketing endeavours

    Nikhil Parekh
    * Applied for another Limca World Record and expanded his YouTube presence: Nikhil Parekh Youtube poetry sample

    Tod Gaines -
    * Was a featured poet on a Hip Hop Radio show as he combined his poetry to music
    (Good thinking out of the box)

  • Paul Hartal

    * The Carrer Museum in Milan, Italy, issued this year six art stamps of Paul Hartal. Engraved on the margins of Portrait, Triumphal Arch, Landscape, Afternoon Faces, Victoria, and Blue Mountain, the colourful miniature visual poems display the name of the artist, the title of the work and the year 2009. An envelope mailed from Milan to Montreal this summer with a combined array of Italian postal stamps and Paul Hartal art stamps is marked over with the official cancellation seal of the Italian post. Founded in 1946, the Carrer Mail Art Museum and Archive in Milano houses thousands of works, among them by Salvador Dali, Max Ernst, Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso and Victor Vasarely.

    Mary Anne Lonergan -

    * Her latest poems -"The Talons Of Prisms"  was published in the The Ontario Poetry Society - Verse Afire

    * The Newmaket's branch - Canadian Hearing Society has asked me to read a couple of her poems in September to expose hearing and deafness talents. One of the poem is called: "Deafness" and unsure yet what the other will be called till that time comes.

    * Her second manuscript is now finished and she is working on her third.

    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 :)