Canadian Federation of Poets Newsletter
Keeping you informed February 2005

In This Issue

New Poetry Canada contest!

Welcome New Members

Poets and a Website

Publishing Opportunity

Poetry Canada on sale now!

CFP Events & Reminders


Be sure to introduce yourself in the Federation on-line forums, and check out the member biography section to find out more about each.

  • Linda Dowd - Milton, ON
  • Daniel MacFadyen - Toronto, ON
  • Nancy V. Bennett - Sooke, BC
  • Cris Staubach - Niantic, CT, USA
  • James E. Detlor - Milton, ON
  • Lorraine Neal - Vernon, BC
  • Linnet Ethelwyn Finley - Halifax, N.S.
  • Allison MacKay - Bawlf, AB
  • Tracy Harrison - Orangeville, ON
  • Lillian Liber - Toronto, ON
  • Lois Thurman - Hazel Park, MI, USA
  • Carol MacKay - Bawlf, AB
  • Rebecca White - Komoka, ON
  • Leanna Joy Beaumont - Milton, ON
  • Devon Atkinson - Oakville, ON
  • Joanne J Green - Woodstock, ON
  • Linda Crosfield - Castlegar, BC

    What are you waiting for?
    We look forward to an exciting year of contests, events and publishing opportunities.

    Check out this months feature poet Graham Ducker.


    December/January/February 2005 issue of Poetry Canada magazine is now out!

    Poetry Canada magazine

    Get your one-year subscription to Poetry Canada magazine starting at just $20

    Even better, become a CFP member and the one-year subscription to Poetry Canada magazine is included. Starting at just $35 for the year, you get tons of great benefits and opportunities, plus a complete year of gift giving.
    Join today!


    Save the Planet! Contest

    For this contest Poetry Canada is looking for poetic ideas and philosophies that will help make the world a better place.

    Many of us know what we don't like when it comes to the environment. Pollution, global warming, war, violence, terrorism and the list goes on.

    Instead of us merely condemning the act, let's turn this around and provide solutions, answers, positive thought that can carry us forward towards a better world.

    Find out more!.

    February is here, and we have an exciting month of events, contests, and challenges. January was a record breaking month for new members, and we are thrilled with the number of poets that are gaining their voice and want to be heard. So we would like to invite everyone to share their voice with us, and get heard with the Canadian Federation of Poets. Take advantage of the anthology, submit your poems to Poetry Canada magazine, participate on the forums, attend the events, introduce yourself, and come out of the closet - it's getting too crowded in there! TLR

    If you have any questions, feel free to send me an email.
    Tracy Lynn Repchuk President and Founder of the Canadian Federation of Poets


    Looking for publishing opportunities?

    Submit to the First Annual CFP Members Anthology!

    We are looking forward to seeing ALL CFP members submissions for this very first anthology called "The Future Looks Bright". With the words from enough poets, and a resurgency in the prominence of poetry in society, it certainly will be.

    No submission fee.
    Youth aged 15 years of age and under can become CFP members for FREE.

    If you're not a member, now is the perfect time to become one! Membership also includes a Free one-year subscription to Poetry Canada magazine. You asked to be published, now all you have to do is earn it!

    Find out more, tell your friends, and good luck to everyone!

    Poets and a Website

    As the designer and creator of many web sites, I am often asked by poets "Should I have one?"

    As someone who embraces new ways to sell products, my answer would be YES! If you have a book, or CD, or want an area to display all of your work for others to admire, then you should consider having a website.

    There are 5 main steps to taking on technology.

    1. Establish what your domain name will be

    A domain name is the name of your site. For example it can be a cute name you come up with such as or your name or anything you want that represents what you do. Then once you come up with a few possibilities, you need to search through a domain name provider to see if the name is available. If it is, grab it.

    There are many places to purchase a domain name, but I use as they cost just $15 USD for the year, and you can have a free place to host it, plus they have utilities to help you create and market your site.

    Find out more details on how to search and select a domain name.

    Find out the next step "How to select an ISP" (Internet Service Provider) and how to get your domain name for free in the next issue.


      Sunday February 6th 2pm
    • Burlington Art Centre Poets Presentation
      Burlington Art Centre - AIC Gallery
      1333 Lakeshore Rd. Burl. ON
      Canadian Federation of Poets members will be presenting their work based on the current BAC Gallery event "Flora Extinction". View the beautiful work on display, and listen to poets interpretation and diversity of the images. Featured speakers with open mic for everyone to share.

      Sunday Feb 13th, 2005
    • TOPS Poetry Event
      1938 Danforth Avenue, Toronto

      Thursday Feb 17th, 2005
    • Oakville Federation Williams Coffee Pub
      1500 Upper Middle Road East, Oakville

      Open mic event where poets and performers can get together and share both poetry and short stories.

      Friday February 18th at 7pm
    • CFP Milton event
      Espress Yourself Cafe
      220 Main St. East, Milton

      Open mic event where poets and performers can get together and share both poetry and short stories.

    Check out our happenings, or tell us about yours for our on-line calendar.
      If you are a CFP member, or member of a CFP Affiliate Organization then submit your events to the calendar coordinator Marylin Houle. It's a great way to easily increase attendance.

     Canadian Poetry: January 2011 Canadian Federation of Poets Newsletter from Tracy Repchuk President and Founder
     Federation of Poets Newsletter
    Keeping you informed about poetry
         Feb 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:


    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
  • Suzanne Hunter - Calgary, AB
  • Poetry for Life Project
    Marilyn Edwards - Langley, BC
  • Darla Fisher-Odjig - Acton, ON
  • Raymond Miot - Verdun, QC
  • Michael Morris - Burnaby, BC 
  • John Corvese - Burlington, ON
  • Irving Miller - Chicago, IL
  • Fotios Panos - Greece

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

     Renewed Members:
  • 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
  • Raymond Fenech
  • Maria Pia Marchelletta
  • Jodie Lindley
  • Rosa Hong Chen
  • Geneva Neale
  • Nikhil Parekh



    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



    Poetry Contest
    Accepting poems until
    March 28 2011
    Go here for details 

    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:



    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.



    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

  • Feb 2011 - The greatest month for poetry writing because of Valentine's Day


    Congrats to all the groups who were active this month, promoting poetry, spreading the word, sharing their work, integrating it with art, and creating a better world.

    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!


            YOUR BOOK COVER

    The 4 Elements Your Book Must COVER
    You have possibly heard all about this before, but just in case you haven't - I wanted to bring it to your attention. 

    The reason is three-fold:
    1. When I took my book through this process (31 Days to Millionaire Marketing Miracles) - the cover page difference was amazing and effective.
    2. In looking at many existing poetry books, trust me when I say - you didn't follow AIDA. I
    f possible, review what you have and update it for 2011.
    3. I did my original design, back in 2007, under a brutal deadline, so even thought it was rushed, at the time it still sold. Since releasing my new book cover, I have had the book get bid on for $1500.
    My first book design was free - I did it myself. (and it shows)
    My eighth book design - front and back cover - (the one you see now) cost me $500USD.
    If you want to know who I used, just email me.

    ATTENTION - You have 4 seconds to impress them.  The front cover must have a title that can be read across a bookstore.  Be attractive and fit the theme.

    INTEREST - Then the purchaser will quickly flip to the back.  You have 7 seconds to sell them.  This is NOT a place for your bio or what inspired you to write the book.  Tell them the benefits they will get from reading it, include testimonials if you have them, and leave them needing that book.  Appeal to their "What's in it for me" attitude.


    DESIRE - Once they've done with your back cover, they will open up the book and look at the table of contents - and this had better be organized and compelling.  A book is no place for 'untitled' or lame titles for your work.  You have fractions of seconds for them to STOP and want to know what the poem from that title would look like.  Because then - you've got...


    ACTION - They need to know, and will now take the action required to walk out of the bookstore, or hit ORDER on Amazon.  Last mention here, make this process very easy - stamps, mailing a cheque, they will forget and you won't sell a book after all of your effort.  Get paypal on a blog if you have to - but make it easy to buy your book!

    I have spent $12,000 getting educated on book production and marketing from #1 International Bestselling authors, and 14-time #1 New York Times bestselling author Richard Paul Evans and Robert G. Allen, so I am passing a small but critical piece that I learned.   Richard Paul Evans was the first person in history to make the New York Times #1 spot in both soft and hard-cover simultaneously, sold the most books in history as a self-published author, and got the largest advance in history for their first book (
    7-figure advance, yes-including JK Rowling.)

    Examine the books on the bestseller list in your category, pull the book up from Amazon, look at the front, back, inside table of contents, and see how your book rates against it.  Would it generate the way it is right now, enough INTEREST for someone to take ACTION and buy it?

    AFTER -Version 24                         BEFORE - Version 9

    My real improvements also came on the back cover, where it became less about 'me' and more about what the book would do for them.


    So take care on your cover page, and make it count.


    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

    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

  • Italo-Canadian Federation of Poets
    contact Maria Pia Marchelletta at
  • Calgary, Alberta Federation of Poets
    contact Wei Yin at:

  •  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 -

    * Leaving to speak in Maldives off the coast of India and Dubai
    * My book 31 Days to Millionaire Marketing Marketing Miracles sold out - and I am still working on the 2011 edition and they started to sell for $1500 - $1900 per copy
    * Voted #1 Woman Speaker in the World for Internet Marketing
    * Invited to speak with Richard Branson in July in the UK
  • Nikhil Parekh -
    Submitted a poem about the Cricket World Cup to the Indian team
    (I have to say Nikhil is one of the greatest poetry marketers I have ever met)

    Nikhil eBook Link

  • Fotios Panos:
  • 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 :)