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

Welcome New Members

Poetry Canada Shipping

Teleseminar Interview Invite

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

  • 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
  • Josephine Stone
  • Deanna More 


    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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    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 Graphic Designers -

    How would you like your name in one of our anthologies? Credit and 2 free copies plus get promoted. 

    The template will be provided, add a graphic, text, your creativity.

    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.

  • Stellar Literary Festival is on once again and our own CFP member and founder Stella Ducker is looking for CFP members to participate. Find out more at:
    Event to be held Sat. Sept. 27th.

  • 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. If you wish to be a featured reader there are a few spots left. Let me know ASAP. 

  • 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

  • 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

    September always feels like it's time to hunker down and get back into high production.

    I know my September and October are very booked speaking engagement wise, the kids are back in school (they started August 25th), and with the Olympics over, it's time for focus. 

    Things to do this month:
    1. Submit to all the anthologies
    2. Last day to submit to the AFABW anthology
    AFABW Last Day to Submit
    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 SOMEfont>! 
    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




    Join me as I interview Griffin Poetry prize finalist Priscila Uppal for Poetry Canada magazine.  As a Canadian Federation of Poets ezine subscriber you will have behind the scenes access to listen to the live interview process, and ask your own questions at the end.

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

    For CFP members, you'll then get to see what the final interview looks like in print as it appears in Poetry Canada magazine as the end process. 

    Date: Wednesday September 10th, 2008
    Time: 6:00pm EST
    Phone Number: 1.605.475.8590
    Access Code
    : 5700562



    Over 20 benefits including a free subscription to Poetry Canada magazine, contest and anthology benefits.

    - Listing on the CFP website produces Google and Yahoo page one search results for the poet. This makes it easier to get the attention you and your books deserve.

    - Poetry Canada magazine right to your door




    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.


    Do you eat food?

    The Poetry of Food anthology is about food. A topic that carries with it a memory for everyone.

    Remember your moms cooking?  The smell of grandma's pies? How about cooking something over an open fire, marshmallows, smores, corn on the cob, hot dog on a stick, your first taste of escargot, quail, buffalo, or just reminiscing about your favourite comfort food.

    Is it chocolate? Strawberries? Rocky Road Ice Cream? Jello? Pumpkin Pie?

    Do you like crunchy food, soft, salty, sweet, messy, or just plain vegetables?

    Did you get your tonsils out, and get ice cream and popsicles for days.

    Whatever it is - share your experiences.

    Recall a memorable thanksgiving supper.

    How about your favourite breakfast items - crepes, yogourt, waffles with whip cream, french toast and bacon, smoked salmon stuffed omellette or poached egg on an english muffin.

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

      Laura Murray -


    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.  



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  • 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 -

    * Interviewed by best selling author promoter Warren Whitlock as part of his author series
    * Invited as a celebrity author for the "International Association of Aspiring Authors"
    * Participated as a featured poet at the Art Day festivities
    * Appearing Sept 12-14th in Manhatten Beach, CA at the Bridging to Heart Marketing Event
    * Presenting for the Lorman Education Institute on the Power of Permission-based email

    Nikhil Parekh -
    * Applying for his 4th Limca World Record

    Bonita Summers -
    Released new anthology called "The Wisdom of Old Souls" available from Hidden Brook press.

    Graham Ducker -
    Graham Ducker was invited to read one of his two submissions from his book Don’t Wake The Teacher at the Leacock Museum during the Lake Country Literary Lapses in Orillia, August 15/08.

    Lucia Gorea -
    will be reading from her last book "Journey Through My Soul," and from her new collection of love poems at "The Word on the Street Book and Magazine Festival" in Vancouver on September 28th, 2008.

    Stella and Graham Ducker -
    Founders of the Stellar Literary Festival to be held in September invite you to join in the festivities by attending or send in your greetings if you are unable be there to
    and they may be read during the CFP Group readings lead by George Arnold, CFP National Coordinator

    Paul Hartal -
    * Congratulations to Paul whose original artwork was selected to appear as the cover of The Poetry of Love anthology.