Federation of Poets Newsletter
Keeping you informed about poetry
     Mar 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:


Tonia Kalouria - Lorain Ohio USA

Gopal Baghel - Toronto, ON

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
  • Darla Fisher-Odjig - Acton, ON
  • Raymond Miot - Verdun, QC
  • Michael Morris - Burnaby, BC 

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

     Renewed Members:
  • Mary Anne Lonergan
  • Suzanne Hunter
  • Krow Fischer
  • 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



    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.

    Email: renewalad@federationofpoets.com


    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

    Mar 2011 - When tragedies strike, like the 8.9 earthquake in Japan, and the devastating Tsunami as a result - it is the spoken and visual word that can help express the situation, remind people to help, guide those seeking an outlet for their pain and frustration, and it's up to poets like you, to get writing.


    For the next 30 days, please use your powers and skills to encourage others to help, let those affected know we care, and keep hope alive for survivors and their families.



    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!


            OPRAH AND POETRY

    Oprah Magazine -
    First EVER Poetry Edition

    I subscribe to Oprah magazine, because what she has in there, become trending topics on the internet, so I use it as a marketing tool.


    Much to my delight - it was FULL of poetry mentions.


    She is promoting April as POETRY Month. This could be the greatest marketing leverage of all time. What she says - becomes LAW. NOW is the time to promote yourself, poetry and the beauty of this medium (not to mention when you create empowering poetry you assist the healing of the planet)

    Even Maria Shriver collaberated on Oprah's FIRST EVER POETRY ISSUE.

    In addition, she will have spawned a new generation of poetry readers with her recommendation of the top 20 poetry books.

    Here is a list of some she recommended:

    - The Poetry of Robert Frost
    - The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

    - The Complete Collected Works of Maya Angelou

    - Ariel - The Restored Edition by Sylvia Plath
    - Migration by WS Merwin (US Poet Laureate)

    - Open Ground By Seamus Heaney (Nobel Laureate)
    - EE Cummings - 1904 -1962

    Oprah has the touch of Gold - she can bring things from obscurity to every day life.

    Leverage this opportunity - Blog, tweet, Facebook, do everything in your power to let the world know POETRY ROCKS!



    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
    at doneldak@federationofpoets.com

    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 StellaCD@federationofpoets.com

  • Italo-Canadian Federation of Poets
    contact Maria Pia Marchelletta at
  • www.FederationofPoets.com/Italian.html
  • Calgary, Alberta Federation of Poets
    contact Wei Yin at: weiyin@federationofpoets.com

  •  India Federation of Poets

    contact Nikhil Parekh at: nikhilp@federationofpoets.com


    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 -

    * One of the most beautiful places ever - Maldives - You could write volumes. Here are some pictures for you - Maldive Photos to Inspire
    * Speaking in Fort Lauderdale on March 19th as part of my World Tour
  • Paul Hartal-
    New site offering Poetry and Painting at:

    * Babelmatrix featured an array of Paul's poems in English and Hungarian
    *  The Secret of the Universe, an interview presented by Haotian Dai on PublicBoard is offered in Chinese
    and English
    PublicBoard also featured some of Paul's paintings

    * Paul ranked 130th on the Top Canadian Poets list based on Wiki Views
    The University of Michigan displayed Paul's painted poem, Music and Poetry

  • CFP Members ONLY Send me Your NEWS
    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 :)