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

Welcome New Members

Poetry Canada Last Edition

Publishing and Poetry
and the New Landscape

 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:

  • 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
  • Marlene Laplante - London, ON
  • Gregg Rowe - Quebec
  • Jodie Lindley - Ancaster, ON

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

     Renewed Members:
  • Susan Tearoe
  • Michael Cotterell
  • Brian Cobbledick
  • Richard Masterton
  • Stella Ducker
  • Josephine Stone
    Najah Shuqair
  • Jim Greenwald
  • Rosa Hong Chen
  • Linda Dowd
    Craig LaPlante
  • Renée Von Paschen
    Jean Burbidge
  • Gary Pierluigi
  • Randy Scott Nanchin


    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??
  • July - celebrations of Canada day, the 4th of July, and it's the heart of summer for most and the time you relax, enjoy your surroundings, attend festivals and events, and celebrate Canada Day, 4th of July or whatever is important to you.

    Summer is a great time to kick back, and create that book, finish that poem,
    and get active. Poetry is undergoing a resurgence - be a part of it, spread the word and 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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    SEASONS - Closed
    BIRTH - Closed
    PEACE - 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.

                   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



    The book publishing industry is currently in turmoil but I want to start by saying "No worries - because you can do more than that."

    What do I mean by that?
    The average poet sells 35 books. A poet that travels, does book fairs, reads a lot - sells about 260 books. A famous poet, about a handful, gets a decent advance, and sells a few thousand copies.
    96% of ALL books listed on on Amazon sell less than 1 copy per week, even less when it is in a traditional bookstore environment. The average attendees for a book signing is 8.

    And the average profit of a self published book sold on Amazon is $2.50 (for a $17 book) This is the goal of poets - to become a published author - to have a book - and having a published book is a great goal.

    And even more of you want a traditional publisher - so your royalty goes to about $1.70 per book.

    But right now, with books selling less and less, and your message becoming even more important, you need to add to your 'book' goal - alternative methods of publishing and promotion. Over the next few newsletters, I am going to give you more details on different methods such as ebooks, kindle, CD, audio, podcasts, blogging and comments, audio post card, newsletter, video, twitter, facebook, tubemogul, teleseminar, virtual book tours, shared promotion, articles, cross promotion and others.

    Today I am going to talk about YouTube. If you want to get your poem heard, by possibly thousands, so many more than your book - and get your message out - record yourself reading your poem.

    There are easy ways to do this.

    1. Create a account - it is free to join.  Here is mine -

    2. Put images together and then have the poem display. See CFP member example - Nikhil Parekh

    3. You can record your audio on your computer and wrap some pictures around it.

    Here is my sample of that. This is me reading from my book (this video cost me $12 to have created)

    4. Read your poem in front o a video or have a friend record you when you are at an event. Here is an example of that.

    So a book is great, but the new publishing pardigm is Market, Medium and Message.

    So reach the market, by using various mediums to spread your message.

    There has never been a more important time for poets to emerge as positive influencers such as what Nikhil Parekh does, and get the message out that can make the world a better place.

    If you're thinking I can't do this - I'm not technical - no worries - go to and someone there will do it for about $15. I have paid as low as $3 and high as $22. Really cheap for a huge impact that you can repurpose for about 8 other things.

    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 TV across the USA from LA to Washington to New York, Boston  - on ABC News, Eyewitness news, King5, WKYZ, News 4,  USA Today,
    (People were sending me messages on twitter asking me if I was on TV - it was so much fun!)

    * July 4th, Hollywood CA - Reading my poetry at a 4th of July Artists event in celebration of Independence Day

    * July 17-19th - Atlanta, GA - Chateau Elan - In the lap of luxury learn how to become a bestselling author with recurring riches for life -

    Nikhil Parekh
    * Expanded his YouTube presence: Nikhil Parekh article

    Geneva Neale -
    * Released a movie biography of her work as an awarded poet at:

  • John Jansen in de Wal

    * This week wrote his 76th poem of the year,

    * Read - Flirty Fanny Floozy - at Hot Sauce open mike last Friday

    * Read at Toronto's East End Writers Group

    * Leaves one sheet pamphlets on public transit featuring his poems

    * Gives out free limericks / short poems on business card size card stock

    Bill Galvin -

    * Bill Galvin had a Harris Collection’s acquisition of his book ‘Ballads..

    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 :)