Canadian Federation of Poets Newsletter
Keeping you informed
     December /January 2008-09
In This Issue

Welcome New Members

Poetry Canada Last Edition

Welcome New Federation Affiliate

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:

  • 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
  • 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

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

  • Linda Dowd
    Craig LaPlante
  • Renée Von Paschen
    Jean Burbidge
  • Gary Pierluigi
  • Randy Scott Nanchin
  • Lucia Gorea
  • Bonita Summers
  • Alvin Ens
  • Linda Dowd
  • Graham Ducker
  • Raymond Fenech


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

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


    Yes you read that right, this will be the last edition. 

    One of my favourite things to do was creating Poetry Canada magazine, and I was proud of every edition. However this is a volunteer job, and Poetry Canada simply takes up too much time. The layout is complex, printing very expensive, and mailing it was a time consuming and an ever increasing costly task. I was blessed to have the help of George Arnold since I moved to California to distribute them but the production is simply too much for me, given how much I travel now.


    So this is 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.

    Griffin Deadline Approaching

    This is a reminder that the deadline for the C$100,000 2009 Griffin Poetry Prize is approaching. Books must be submitted postmarked no later than December 31, 2008 for books published between January 1 and December 31, 2008.

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  • Rhyming Poetry; where the winner of each will appear in Poetry Canada magazine and get a free copy! Call now open.

  • 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

    Merry Christmas, Happy Hannakha, Joyous Kwanzaa and Happy New Year!

    December has whipped by, and I have been doing about 2 webinars every week on various internet marketing training and CFP members get direct access to these - just go to:

    For January I leave on the 6th and not back until the end of the month as I will be on an Internet Marketing cruise.  With 5 Caribbean countries on the venue, I'm sure I'll have lots to write about, especially for the travel anthology. :)
         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


          Federation Affiliate Profile


    The Emily Isaacson Institute was created to further literature and the arts.  It was founded by poet Emily Isaacson, author of The Oracle, The Black Swan, and Constantinople. You can purchase her books through her website. She is also an analogue photographer and designed The Lion and The Unicorn Tapestry Series online.  She is inviting poets and writers to become members of the institute, whereupon they can join her writer's guild or meet locally for her artists group. 

    Be sure to get familiar with them.

                    JOIN TODAY! 



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

    LOVE - Closed in in production
    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.


    For me there isn't much more important than Spirituality - the pursuit of a higher meaning or purpose.

    The Poetry of Spirituality anthology is about what that means to you. It isn't about religion, although for many that can be a part of it, but it is more about how you live your life. The morals, values, and ethics you carry with you.  

    It's the higher purpose you seek, the passions you explore, the reason you are here.  

    It's how you look at things, savour your day, celebrate life.

    It's the message you spread to others, and the effort you take to make a difference in the world. 

    Everywhere you go leaves an impression on who you are and the experiences you can share with others.

    Now it's time to share with us.

    The Poetry of Spirituality knows you have a poem to share - so send your submissions before it closes to:

      Betty Dobson -


    A reminder that if you move, please let us know. We are getting more and more Poetry Canada magazines back, and this is costing us to resend and get updates.  



     31 Days to Millionaire Marketing Miracles

    Tracy Repchuk

    "In an economy that seems to be in a financial meltdown, this book is proving to be a shining light at the end of a long, dark tunnel." 

    Christmas season is on its way, and this is the high profile time to promote. Get the book that helps you promote your book and services by tapping into the unlimited resources of the internet.

    ISBN: 978-0-9732762-8-2

    310 pages                                         $17.95 USD

    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)
    ** No meeting in December - New Date & Location

    Last Friday of every month starting at 6:30p.m. at the

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

    * Received Stevie Award as a Finalist (premier business awards for all the world) as 2008 Mentor of the Year

    Nikhil Parekh -
    * Appeared in an article which appeared in today's "Divya Bhaskar (Gujarat's largest circulated daily newspaper)" here in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. It features one of my books "Love Versus Terrorism" , my 5 poetry records with Limca Book of Records and other stuff ! For those in Gujarat, this article can beseen in today's Divya Bhaskar, Bhaskar City Link to Article  

    Stephen Gill-
    * "Stephen Gill will preside over the inaugural session of the  Fourth Festival of International Writers to be held at Mahatma Gandhi College in Ambala, Haryana, India,  on the 29th and 30th of November. He will also receive life achievement award from Writers Club.

    * Two books will be released probably by the Canadian High Commissioner Joseph Caron, or someone from his office. One book is a collection of his poems about peace and social concerns, titled Shrine. Another book is an evaluation of his works by Dr. George Hines, titled Stephen Gill and His Works

    * From the 1st of December, Stephen Gill  will be in Chandigarh, Union Territory,  for a week, presenting  his poetry for different literary organizations. On 3rd of December, he will  receive William Kerry International Award from Masihi Sansar Sahit Sabha. (Masihi Sansar Literary Forum).  On 12th of December he will present his poetry about peace at Kamla Nehru College of Delhi University.

    Debbie Ouellet-
    Debbie Ouellet’s poem ‘Rainstorm’ recently placed third for Best Poem in Asimov Science Fiction Magazine’s 2008 Readers’ Awards. Her humorous poem, ‘Word Pole Lease Blues’ was published in the September 2008 issue of The Feathertale Review.
    * Anthology Call for poets in the Vaughn Area. Find out more at:

    Paul Hartal-


    Carleton University lecturer Barbara Rabatin,, will read World War II poems by Paul Hartal at the Sasquatch Poetry Circle of Ottawa,


    The poems have been selected from Hartal's new poetry collection, First Class in Hell.


      For more than a decade Marquis Who's in American Art has profiled Paul Hartal in its volumes. In addition to the biography, the 2009 edition displays paintings and the front page of Postmodern Light, a critically acclaimed poetry book by Hartal,

  • Who's in American Art, 2009, will be available in December 2008.

    Lorna Knox-
    My new poetry book 'Gentle Rushes of Waves,' and new novella 'Buttercups,' were published this year, and can both be purchased through online bookstores, and may also be viewed on website

    Patricia A. McGoldrick-
    Recently, in the 41st annual Dorothy Shoemaker Literary Awards Contest 2008, my poem entitled "City of Lights" was ranked second in the Senior (over-18) category; it has been published along with other winning entries in The Changing Image 2008. Poetry submissions were judged by noted Canadian poet, Rienzi Crusz, who offered his comments to individual poets as they approached the stage to read from their work and to accept a prize along with a copy of The Changing Image.

    Lucia Gorea-
    CFP member Lucia Gorea Author of Journey Through My Soul Appeared at CHAPTERS Metrotown on November 20
    Other readers included:
    Alejandro Mujica-Olea ( Chile )
    Bernice Lever ( Canada )
    - CFP Member
    Jacqueline Maire ( France )
    Pummy Kaur ( India )
    Guest: Nina Munteanu ( Canada )