WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
sure to introduce yourself in the Federation
online forums, and check out the
section to find out more about each.
Eve Robson - Summerland, BC
Sharlene Klein - Kamploops, BC
Debbie Mrakovcic - Croatia
Lara Sookoo - Toronto, ON
Tonia Kalouria - Lorain Ohio USA
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
Marilyn Edwards - Langley, BC
Fisher-Odjig - Acton, ON
Her Excellency the
Right Honourable Michaelle Jean
C.C, C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D.
Governor General of Canada
John F Ambury
Mary Anne Lonergan
Mary Anne Lonergan
John Jansen de wal
Renée Von Paschen
CALLING ALL POETS
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.
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
CONTESTS & CALLS
SEEKING Writers -
Stephen Gill is seeking writers for An Anthology entitled:
Critical Responses to Stephen Gill.
Deadline is July 15, 2011
Each contributor will receive a complimentary copy.
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
The 2011 Griffin Poetry Prize
We promote FREE contests, if you
have one, let us know and we'll let everyone else know.
SPREAD THE WORD
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:
CHECK OUT THE CALENDAR OF EVENTS
is the NEW Calendar Coordinator!
Email him at:
If you are a CFP member, this is a great way to promote your book
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
Over 20 benefits including a great community of friends.
UNITING TO CREATE ONE VOICE
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.
a CFP Volunteer
July 2011 -
We have a NEW
Facebook Group where you can meet, chat, share your
poetry, and more importantly Federations can promote their events
here making it easily accessible for anyone to attend and know
about. Same with publishing calls and contests.
Go here to become a part of this active
and growing community of CFP members and supporters.
Facebook - Federation
of Poets Group
will be away in Europe until August 7th and my internet connection will
not be reliable, so be patient as I have to approve you into the group.
I apologize for the delays. During the weeks of July 14-24th I am on a
Mediterranean cruise and will not have ANY internet access, so no
approvals will occur during this time so the faster you register the
Thanks to those who
have renewed this month, and 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 purpose
Enjoy the month and keep on
President and Founder of the Canadian Federation of Poets
the Canadian Federation of Poets
Because Now You're Family!
Poetry Helps Us Connect
Well at long last some influential people such as Oprah, Michelle
Obama and others are finally coming out of the closet and promoting
poetry and its value.
edited from remarks
from May 11 in the State Dining Room at the White House,
which appeared in the St Louis
When I was young, I was a passionate creative writer and sort of
a poet. That's how I would release myself. Whenever I was struggling
in school, or didn't want to go outside and deal with the nonsense
of the neighborhood, I would write and write and write and write. I
think it was my writing that sort of prepared me for so much of what
I've had to do in my life as an adult.
Robert Frost once wrote, "A poem begins as a lump in the throat."
In writing poetry, you all put words into that kind of emotion. You
give voice to your hopes, your dreams, your worries and your fears.
And when you do that, when you share yourself that way, and make
yourself vulnerable like that, you're taking a risk. And that's
And when you write poetry, you're not just expressing yourself.
You're also connecting to people. And that's the key to everything
we want to be and do as human beings - is our ability to connect to
Think about how you feel when you read a poem that really speaks
to you, one that perfectly expresses what you're thinking and
feeling. When you read that, you feel understood, right? I know I
do. You feel less alone. I know I do. You realize despite all our
differences, there are so many human experiences and emotions that
And poetry doesn't just show us how much we share. It also
exposes us to wonderful new ideas and experiences. It helps us see
the world in an entirely different way.
As Rita Dove once wrote, "What writing does is to reveal. A good
poem can awaken our senses and help us notice things that we've
never noticed before. It can take us to places we've never gone - to
a mountaintop or a battlefield or a city halfway around the world."
And I know that writing poetry is not easy. I know that sometimes
you really got to work hard to make it happen. I know that it can be
discouraging when you're struggling with writer's block and you
can't find that word that is just right, or get that line exactly
the way you want it to be.
So I want you all to keep at it. Keep taking those risks. Keep
having the courage to share your work, which is so important. That
was the best part of writing - it was reading it back to my mother,
making them sit and listen to my work. And I also had to read it and
perform it. So keep sharing, keep reading poetry, and learning from
And even if you don't grow up to be a professional poet, I
promise that what you learn through reading and writing poetry will
stay with you throughout your life.
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
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 -
New Brunswick Federation
9362 Main St. Richibucto, NB
Rebecca Cuevas De Caissie
event where poets and performers can get together and share both poetry
and short stories.
Federation Peel Region
Last Friday of every
month starting at 6:00p.m. at the Courtneypark Library Branch (upper lounge reading
area) at Mavis and the 401,
730 Courtneypark Dr. W
Contact: Cheryl Xavier
Toronto Bayview Chapter
Yonge St. (short walk from Finch Subway Station)
Held in the Conference Room
of the Condo Building
Free Parking at Newtonbrook
Come and read your poetry
or short story or have it critiqued.
Contact: Maria Pia
The Albanian Writers Federation
Halifax Federation of Poets
Lansdowne Ave. Toronto, ON
10am - noon
Find out more:
2104 Gottingen Street, Halifax, NS
Every third Wednesday of each month
Contact: Donelda Kent at firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Thursday of Every Month - 7pm
Flavia Cosma the Language Federations
you would like to start a Federation in your own language - contact
Find out more.
Region Federation of Poets
contact Stella Ducker at
Federation of Poets
contact Maria Pia Marchelletta at
Alberta Federation of Poets
contact Wei Yin
India Federation of Poets
contact Nikhil Parekh
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.
* Presenting Award to
Richard Branson at UK National
* Speaking in London, UK at
* Speaking in Paris, France at
Power of 3 Event
* Holding a mastermind retreat
in Venice, Croatia, Greece, and
* Featured last month Yahoo
News, USA Today, Forbes Online
Maria Pia Marchelletta
recently on OMNI TV presenting her latest book Sentieri 'dell
Anima/Journey of the Soul, poesie/poems
renowned scientists cite parts of his poem on the mystery of time that
intuitively challenges Einstein's Theory of Relativity. "Does
time stand still, or does it flow? If time is in a state of flux, what
is its speed?" Lines from Hartal's poem appear in IBM computer
scientist and mathematician Clifford A. Pickover's book, Time: A Traveler's Guide, Oxford University Press
* In New Jersey Institute of Technology physicist Moses Fayngold's tome Special Relativity and How it Works
CFP Members ONLY
*Graduated with a BA honours in creative writing and parapsychology.
* Awarded a scholarship in poetry therapy by Dr. Sherry Reiter director of the Creative "Righting" Center, USA.
* Obtained a diploma in poetry (SAC Dip Poetry Writing) from the Stonebridge Associated Colleges, UK .
* A collection of my poems has been accepted for publication by SandCrab Books in Canada.
* Appeared twice on National TV in programmes concerning animals and dogs.
to publish a new book of poetry Shadows to Sunshine which will be
facilitating an online poetry course at WVU
me your news, it must be in bullet point form, but more importantly it must
have the subject line CFP news
over 1000 emails every day, so I have to be able to search by that
subject line to put them in here :)
and be about 100 words max