Canadian Federation of Poets Newsletter
Keeping you informed
     October 2008
In This Issue

Welcome New Members

Poetry Canada

Priscila Uppal Interview Replay

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:

  • Jan Savory - Burlington, ON
    Virginia K Muller - Fort Pierce, FL
  • Saskia Maddock - Oakville, ON
  • Pat Newson - Comox, BC
  • Ron Gildart - Vancouver, BC
  • Bernice Lever - Bowen Island, BC
  • Eoin O'Brien - Charlottetown, PEI
  • Janet Reid - Iroquois Falls, ON
  • James Quinn - Mississauga, ON
  • Morgan Balanaser - Oakville, ON
  • Luminita Suse - Gloucester, ON
  • Karen Haffey - Toronto, ON
  • Frederick Mundle - Dalhousie, NB
  • Michael Cotterell - St. Lazare, QC
  • Brian Collinson, Oakville, ON
  • Najah Shuqair - Sarnia, ON

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

  • Jean Burbidge
  • Gary Pierluigi
  • Randy Scott Nanchin
  • Lucia Gorea
  • Bonita Summers
  • Alvin Ens
  • Linda Dowd
  • Graham Ducker
  • Raymond Fenech
  • Glenda Walker-Hobbs
  • Elaine Traviss
  • Stella Ducker
  • Lorna J Knox


    The next issue of Poetry Canada is  completed and shipped.  If you didn't get a copy, you may need to renew. 

    Look for it soon. This editions interview is with John Wing Jr. poet and comedian who has appeared on the Tonight Show six times with Johnny Carson and Jay Leno, plus had 3 CBC productions of his own and a full radio series. You'll find out his journey from Canada to Los Angeles and what that has meant to his career and advice he has for others.

    Poets Featured include:

       * Carrie Siemens - Canada
       * Janet Reid - Canada
       * Katie Murphy - Canada
       * Jonathon Greenhause - USA
       * Denise Asuncion - Canada
       * Alan Morrison - UK
       * Eoin O'Brien - Canada
       * Louisa Howerow - Canada
       * Changming Yuan - Canada

    Rhyming Contest Winner:
       * Debbie Ouellet - Canada

    Book Review - by Gary Phaup

    Interview with John Wing Jr.
       by Tracy Repchuk

         Get your copy today!

    A reminder that for only $9.95 USD for the full year, you can get a look at over 15 editions and always the current edition of Poetry Canada in PDF format. Get all the great information from 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007 - for one LOW PRICE! ORDER TODAY and get started right away!

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    Poetry Canada Magazine



    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.

    CALLING a book layout volunteer:
    How would you like your name in one of our anthologies? Credit and 2 free copies plus get promoted.

    Let me know ASAP - we are seeking right now for the Poetry of Love and The Poetry of Seasons. Books will also appear on with your credit listing.
  • Rhyming Poetry; where the winner of each will appear in Poetry Canada magazine and get a free copy! Call now open.

  • The 8th annual ArtFest 2008 held in Hollywood, CA is going to be held on Oct. 11th and 12th.  Poetry reading is Oct. 11th, but you can buy a full week-end pass.

  • The 2008 CBC Literary Awards competition is now open! The deadline for submissions is November 1st, 2008. The Awards are Canada's only literary competition celebrating original, unpublished works in both official languages. There are three categories: short story, poetry, and creative nonfiction, with cash prizes totaling $60,000, courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts, publication in Air Canada's enRoute magazine and visibility for the winners and their winning entries offered by CBC.

    To find out how to enter, go to

    Understanding the Film Business and Where you fit in as a Writer

    by Eric Sherman Sunday October 12th  from 1 – 3:30 PM at the Artists for a Better World Arts festival
    Eric has been a directing and production consultant to Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures and The Mount Company and has worked with several of Hollywood's leading writers, producers and directors.

    Find out more at:

     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

    October, the excitement of fall, changing leaves and a very scary holiday. Boo.

    Tons of speaking engagements for me, and a sold out poetry event I am holding in October in Hollywood, CA  - what a great way to start the month.

    Things to do this month:
    1. Submit to all the anthologies
    2. Enjoy listening to the Priscila Uppal interview.
    Federation of Poets Interview Series
    3. Attend a live event or talk with someone on the forum. If you haven't joined it yet - go here.
    CFP FORUM - Register first.

                Join the Canadian Federation of Poets
                            It's money well spent!

                        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




    The live interview with Griffin Poetry prize finalist Priscila Uppal was a smashing success with attendees thanking me multiple times for creating this opportunity. 

    We discussed her journey, inspirations, nomination process, publishing experiences, and how she took her poetry career to the next level. We also got her insights on her nominated book Ontological Necessities.

    For a limited time I am providing access to the audio replay so you can be a part of this wonderful experience.

    You'll discover in this revealing interview:
    * Her advice for self publishing, and attracting a publisher
    * How everything you do is relative
    * Critique versus Criticism - How you cope
    * Top 3 things you can do to take your poetry career to the next level
    * What happens after you are nominated for a major award
    * How she became an bestselling poet

    * The 2 tests she has for all of her poetry and why

    All of this is included as a subscriber  Go Now

    GO NOW - Priscila Uppal Free Audio Access

                    JOIN TODAY! 



    Enter them ALL!
    The call is open for 7 anthologies. 
           The Poetry of (TM) ....
       World-wide Call

    LOVE - Closed
    SEASONS - Closed
    BIRTH - 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.


    Have you ever heard of a thing called marriage?

    The Poetry of Marriage anthology is about union - of people, a blending of elements, a formal or informal agreement. It is what you have either experienced yourself, viewed directly, or have an opinion on. food. A topic that carries with it a memory for everyone.

    Remember growing up watching your parents? Or were they divorced?  How did you feel? What can you express, share or help someone else with?

    Did you ever marry? Divorce? There has to be something cathartic either for yourself, or others.

    Have you been married 20 years? 30? 40? Share a special anniversary poem, write one, let others know the path to longevity.

    Marriage binds us, creates hope, life, love, family, and it’s an important part of the preservation of mankind.

    Whatever it is - share your experiences.

    The Poetry of Marriage knows you have a poem to share - so send your submissions before it closes to:

      Tony Tremblett -


    A reminder that if you move, please let us know. We are getting more and more Poetry Canada magazines back, and this is costing us to resend and get updates.  




    life unmasked

    by Saskia Maddock

    Saskia a lifelong writer but brand new publisher, I am proud (and nervous, and excited) to offer this first body of work to you, the reader. I have always been drawn to express myself in poetry; to recognize and communicate, using ordinary but magical words, those moments where I truly understand the reality around me. I take a deep breath, settle into the present, and begin to write. life unmasked is part of my journey through this wonderful, chaotic, messy world of ours, and I wish to share it with you. I hope you enjoy it.

    $20.00 CDN

    US/Canadian shipping included. Int'l shipping extra


    Please contact me at to order, or for further information.

    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 Peel Region (Brampton/Mississauga)
    Last Saturday of every month starting at 2 p.m. at the Heritage Glen Residences,
    6515 Glen Erin Dr., Mississauga.
    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 -

    * Presenting in Las Vegas at JV Alert Live
    Oct. 17-19th
    * Presenting in Dallas, TX at the World Internet Summit Dallas the world's biggest and most powerful internet event
    * Presenting in Toronto, Canada at the Toronto Convention Centre at the World Internet Summit Toronto the world's biggest internet event Nov. 6th-9th
    * Hosting the Artists for a Better World Poetry Party  Oct. 11th at 4:00pm, Hollywood, CA
    * Presented on Sept. 30th for the Lorman Education Institute on the Power of Permission-based email

    Nikhil Parekh -
    * Won his 4th and 5th Limca World Records!
    That is totally amazing. Be sure to check out all of Nikhil's accolades and get the full details at:  PR Web or Yahoo News

    about his recent limca world record for the Canadian Federation of Poets CFP and the other one for McGill Dictionary

    Bonita Summers -
    * Anti-war poems were published in The Gazette by Stephen Gill
    * Appeared in Within Kingston Magazine
    * Published in Writers Manual

    Oneal Walters-
    Holding a WOMEN in 2009 Poetry Contest

    Debbie Ouellet-
    Debbie poem, 'Word Pole Lease Blues' was published in The Egregious in May 2008 and will be published in the next issue of its parent magazine The Feathertale Review.
    * Her poem 'I Pass the Loom' was published in Inscribed in June 2008.
    * Her poem 'Finale' won the Poetry Canada Rhyming Poetry contest and was published along with her poem 'Word Storms' in the most recent issue of Poetry Canada. * Debbie was one of the readers representing the Canadian Federation of Poets at the Stellar Literary Festival on September 27th in Oshawa.

    Gary Pierluigi-
    Not only has he been published in journals such as Grain, On Spec, Queen's Quarterly and CV2, I now have a full length poetry collection coming out in February 2009 published by Serengeti Press entitled "Over the Edge". I encourage all members to check out the book when it comes online in February.