Federation of Poets Newsletter
Keeping you informed about poetry
     May 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:


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
  • 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:
  • Charles Hull

  • Stella Ducker

  • Thomas Hemeon

  • 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



    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



    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 gallery.

    The 2011 Griffin Poetry Prize


  • 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: tracy@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

  • Tracy Repchuk

    May 2011 -


    Lot of great poetry activity has been going on including poets getting their works published and promoted.


    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!



        WARNING:The Opportunity Missed

    With so many poets getting their works published, I wanted to assist you in how to sell your books online.

    Many people are making the mistake of only having the books they have listed on one page with a buy now button - however this is a way NOT to sell them. Promote every book separately. Having them on one page is fine - just don't promote that page. Think commercials - one product sells at a time - that is how you promote effectively.
    Not only is this good for buyer attention span - it is good for your title with Google.

    Every book you have should have it's own domain name which is the title of your book. Even if the site is one page it should completely focus their attention on just ONE thing - falling in love with, and buying your book! That is why commercials work - focus on one thing only.

    ie. ThePoetryofBusiness.com

    It should talk about the book from the perspective of what's in it for the reader. Not about you and why you wrote it.

    ie. This book will transform the way you look at the simple pleasures of life so that all things are renewed for you. And should continue on for quite a while about this. You have to think about the benefits to the reader.

    Then you talk about you, your story, your accolades, your credibility if it applies.

    Then you have a BUY NOW button.

    If you REALLY want to make it an easy decision, build in value by offering 'free gifts' if they buy today. This won't be something you ship, it is something you provide by a download page and link.

    For example:  Free Bonus Gifts valued at $29
     - Free bookmark (if you ship yourself)  
     - ebook version of Walt Whitman Leaves of Grass
     - find an inspiration quote or picture
     - Link to an inspiration video

    For my poetry book I gave away reports that linked to my topic. Some people buy because the perceived value of the bonus gifts is more than the cost of the book. Sounds dumb - but that is why infomercials work so well.

    Where do you get free stuff to give them - www.Gutenberg.org - EVERYTHING up there is up for grabs. It is expired copyright materials. Search poems, poetry, writing poetry, anything that fits your topic. Search google for poetry resell rights. Sometimes you have to pay a small fee but you can give it away over and over again.



    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 -

    * Spoke in Fort Lauderdale at Women's Event luncheon and my own Power of 3 event
    * Spoke in Boston at my own event
    * Spoke in Scottsdale, Arizona at own event
    * Spoke in Denver at own event
    * Spoke in Clearwater Florida at own event and Connections Convention as a keynote speaker
    * Keynote speaker for United Shoe Retailers Association
    * Appeared on Fox TV for 30 minute interview
    * Appeared in Mode Lifestyle magazine
    * Just booked speaking engagement for UK and France
    * Nominated for Entrepreneur Leader of the World Award
  • Cheryl Xaveir
    Just launched her new book "Bruised but unbroken"


    Dimitris P Kraniotis
    Participating in the 22nd World Congress of Poets in Greece


    Suzanne Hunter:
    Received 3rd prize for her poem "Turning Tide" from the Dr William Henry Drummond poetry contest


    Stephen Gill:
    On a literary tour to India visiting campuses of colleges and universities for his book Coexistence.

    Flavia Cosma:
    Released her book "Moonlight Fairy Tales"

    Beth Skala:
    Awarded an Honourable Mention in the William Henry Drummond Poetry Contest for her poem "Raven Has My Number"


  • Nikhil Parekh:
  • * Nikhil has registered his 7th and 8th National Records in Poetry with the Limca book of Recrods

    Perparim Kapllani:
    Just released the book "Beyond The Edge Stories"

    Maria Marchelletta: