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

Welcome New Members

Poetry Canada Last Edition

Do You Twitter?

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:

  • Mary Anne Lonergan - Newmarket, ON
  • Akhdar Press
  • The Poetry for Life Project
  • 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
  • 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

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

     Renewed Members:
  • Najah Shuqair
  • Jim Greenwald
  • Rosa Hong Chen
  • Linda Dowd
    Craig LaPlante
  • Renée Von Paschen
    Jean Burbidge
  • Gary Pierluigi
  • Randy Scott Nanchin
  • Nikhil Parekh
  • 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. 


    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.


    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.

  • 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
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    Burlington, ON L7P 1G5

    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

    Wow, I didn't even notice it was March I have been so busy!/p>

    Met with publishers, agents and publicity specialists last weekend. Some great things in the works there.

    II am gone much of March to New Zealand, and then I am in UK in April and working on my own seminar here in LA in May.

    I did a great interview with Lauren Solomon for those of you working on your image, as well as your work. You can listen to it here: BlogTalk Radio

    Enjoy the month and keep on creating a better world :)
         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


    Do you Twitter? Social Marketing


    Many of you may not have entered the world of social marketing, and many of you may be mastering it. So I'll just take a few minutes to give you a very easy tool you should be using to promote your poetry. - this community has exploded and is rivaling Google and Facebook for popularity of use. In fact it has become such an important part of traffic generation and relationship building, that all the top topics at seminars have a twitter expert on board.

    It is a fast way to update users with instant messages, or tell them what you're up to, events you are going to, exchange tips, tricks and ideas, and so much more.

    You have 140 characters to get the message out fast, and often, and it is a great tool.

    Go here:

    start your own free account, and select the follow me option.
    You will get a feel for what it is, and what you can use it for to promote yourself, and poetry.

    If you're thinking how do I share my poetry in 140 characters, simply create a blog post on your blog or where ever and post your poem and create a link you put in your twitter message to drive readers there.

    Use this tool to create a small link:

    HHere is a sample twitter post:
    Read my latest poem "I am a wild child" at and see me Saturday Burlington, ON )

    Plus you can also have your twitter post autofeed to your Facebook page if you have one. If you don't that's next.
    Check out my page: Tracy's Facebook Page

    AAnd yes, both of these are good for poets.

    I know if Nikhil isn't already using this, he will go wild with it./td>

                    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.

                   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



        Over the Edge

    Published by Serengeti Press, this 72 page poetry book is about poems that are literally "over the edge".

    TThemes of dispair, fatalism, and hope, injustice in our new world economy prevail.

    Both serious and lighter poems are mixed together to form a compelling, cohesive whole.

    This book can be purchased by

    Cost: $17.00-shipping and handling included.

    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/b> Peel Region (Brampton/Mississauga)
    LLast 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/b>
    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 -

    * March 17-24 Internet Masters - New Zealand
    * March 27-29th Las Vegas, NV
    * Appeared on Channel 7 Eye Witness News for Internet Marketing and Research
    * Awarded as one of the Top 10 Women in Internet Marketing in the world. The complete line up will be announced shortly by the Legendary Marketers series

    Nikhil Parekh -
    * You can now look up my poems and poetry books online at by visiting : . This is truly the world's TOP Art website for artists of all fraternities.
    * The Queen's letters to me in support for my Poetry

    Send me your news-
    CCFP 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 :)